What would the 2013 version of San Diego Comic-Con be without an appearance by the Amazing Spider-Man, and an appearance by Spidey is just what we got Friday at the convention center. Director Marc Webb was on the panel to show off a bit of footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is still in production. Along for the ride with Webb was his leading actor, Andrew Garfield, who came out dressed in full Spider-Man gear. Dean DeHaan who plays Harry Osborne was also there, as well as producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.
Emma Stone had a brief video message that was interrupted by Electro. Then, in a surprise moment, Jaime Foxx came out on stage to some huge applause. Garfield went on to play the beginning of the panel in character as Spider-Man, getting asked a bunch of hero-related questions. A few minutes in, Spider-Man got called away on urgent business, leaving room for Garfield’s proper entrance.
After that, the panel turned more conventional with Foxx talking about what it was like to play a super villain, going so far to say that his daughter warned him that Spider-Man would kick his ass. Foxx went on about the background of the character, and how he was betrayed by love, his family, and his work. He also talked the character’s origin in the movie, saying that the big event happens on his birthday, which no one remembers.
Webb was asked how it was different to direct another movie now that they have the origin out of the way. He said that at the start of the sequel, Spider-Man is having fun as a hero, but is brought down to Earth by Electro.
Shooting on the movie had just finished three weeks ago, but attendees were given a first look at a good amount of footage from the film. The footage started with Spider-Man chasing down Paul Giamatti’s character before he gets turned in the Rhino. The opening captured the humorous side of Spider-Man, and also served to show the introduction of Jamie Foxx’s Electro. We got to see almost the full scene of Electro’s transformation, as well as seeing Electro’s attack on the city. Some of the special efforts were incomplete, but the film still looked to be in good shape.
Both Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx had tons of fun with the crowd. When a fan dressed as Superman came up to ask a question, Foxx told the fan to “Kneel before Zod.”
A fan then asked Marc Webb if they were concerned about having too many characters and elements in the movie, but Webb explained that they’re only focusing on Electro as the main villain, with the Rhino only playing a small role in the film. Webb also talked about Electro being a force of nature and how excited he was to use him.
Foxx was asked if he was concerned about having to wear the original green and yellow costume that Electro wears in the comics, but Foxx knew that he was in good hands and that Webb and the rest of the crew knew which decisions to make.
In response to a question, Garfield said that if he could borrow an element from the comic, he would want to see Spider-Man with the Avengers. Garfield also said that meeting Stan Lee was like meeting Mickey Mouse because Lee is such an icon, and that he was basically speechless when they met.
The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters in May 2014.
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