Saturday, August 3, 2013

Amazing Spidey 2 producer teases more heroes could make a cameo

We already knew that director Marc Webb is packing a few extra villains into Amazing Spider-Man 2, but now a producer is teasing there could be some other heroes pop up as well. Hmm. 

In a chat with Den of Geek, producer Avi Arad was asked the rather obvious question whether we might see any superhero cameos pop up in the sequel. Fan chatter and rumors abound that a full-scale team-up of Marvel’s roster (which is divvied up among several studios) might be in the offing, and it seems Arad is happy to fan the flames.

Here’s his response:

“I’d rather not answer that at this point. This is what the word ‘spoiler’ means. We want to always leave the audience with a couple of surprises. All of a sudden, you feel like, yeah, there’s a continuity. So if we say today how we go about it, we’d take away from the surprise of the movie.”

Arad keeps it pretty vague, but his answer is intriguing nonetheless. Of course, he could be talking about some potential story twists — maybe a traditional baddie like Green Goblin or Electro is an ally before he’s an enemy? — or even a lesser-known character from the Spider-Man mythos could pop in, a la the Black Cat.

As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Sony only has the rights to the Spider-Man characters — so any cameo outside that realm would take some hurdle-jumping to work out with another studio (i.e. Marvel, 20th Century Fox).

But we already know they have a few more sequels in the pipe, so who’s to say what they might be able to hash out within the next several years?

(Via Den of Geek and blastr)
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Weta Workshop Announces First Statue in The Lord of the Rings 1:6th Line

During Comic-Con this year you heard me mention a couple of times that Weta Workshop would be coming back to do 1:6th statues for The Lord of the Rings. Tim Launder General Manager of Weta Limited last night via The Shadow and Flame Forum announced who had been selected as the first character in the line. This character was one of the characters not done in statue form during original The Lord of the Rings statue line so fans are going to be pleased with this announcement. After years of waiting fans are finally going to be able to add a Faramir statue to their collections. 

Now, the question becomes will we see the Ranger Faramir or Faramir in his Gondorian Armor? As details come along from Weta we will let you know and maybe before the end of the year we might even get a good look at what is sure to be an awesome statue.
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New Doctor Who promo trailer teases the arrival of the 12th Doctor

In excitment of Sunday’s big announcement, the BBC has released a teaser trailer.I can't wait to find out who it is :D

This is the BBC press release for Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor 

"In a special one-off live television event on BBC One this Sunday 4th August at 7pm, the next Doctor will be exclusively revealed to the nation.

Widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, the show's host Zoe Ball will unveil the 12th Doctor in the first ever interview in front of a live studio audience set against the backdrop of a swirling vortex, amongst Daleks and the TARDIS.
The half hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans.

Excitement will reach fever pitch as they speculate and recall their favourites, plus feature clips and moments from across the show's 50 year history.

Current Doctor Matt Smith and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will both give interviews about one of the biggest roles in TV and set out just what it takes to be the Doctor.

Steven Moffat says: “The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says: “BBC One is the home of big live events and this special live show is the perfect way to reveal the identity of the next Doctor and share it with the nation. The Doctor is a truly iconic role and I’m more than excited about the booking.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says: “We can't wait to unveil the next Doctor with everyone live on BBC1 on Sunday night. Amongst all the speculation and betting, there has been lots of fun and intrigue at work as we've been using the codename Houdini as a decoy! It’s the biggest secret in showbiz, even those working with the new Doctor on other projects at the moment have no idea they are in the presence of the 12th incarnation.”

Keep up to date with all the latest news about the show and special guests as we build to the big climax over the next few days and follow, @ BBCOne and @bbcdoctorwho and

The special live show is made by BBC Entertainment and Events for BBC One, Guy Freeman is Executive producer and Pinki Chambers is Executive Commissioning Editor. Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One.
The show will be simulcast live on BBC America. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Cymru Wales."
Have a look at the teaser trailer: 

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

12th Doctor Going To Be Revealed on Sunday

Normally Doctor Who TV is wary of writing up”big announcements”, especially when there has been a string of rumours lately that have amounted to nothing. However, it’s finally happening!

Press sources have leaked that the BBC will finally announce the 12th Doctor this weekend.

A special programme on will air this Sunday 4 August at 7pm on BBC1 entitled Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor. A deliberate disposable repeat of Celebrity Mastermind is currently listed in the timeslot.

The show is going to be filmed in front of a live studio audience with Zoe Ball unveiling the next Doctor. The show will also feature interviews with past Doctors and companions.

Interestingly, this week saw Peter Capaldi inexplicably leap to the top of the bookies lists. Is this because he’s won the role? We’ll find out soon enough.

The BBC are expected to officially confirm the programme at midnight.

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First Ever Production Pic For The Upcoming Series Helix

The first ever production pic has finally been released from the highly anticipated upcoming series Helix. The Syfy network has announced that work on the 13 episode season of Helix has started in Montreal, Canada. A brand new synopsis has been released along with the casting. Read it below and also check out the FIRST EVER production pic!

Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind's salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.

Billy Campbell (The Killing, Killing Lincoln) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential "hot zone" at a remote Arctic research facility. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hataki, director of the outpost and its mysterious viral research program.

Helix also stars Kyra Zagorsky ("Soldiers of the Apocalypse") as Dr. Julia Walker, Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Major Sergio Balleseros, Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan, Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov, Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle and Neil Napier Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.

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See what Wookie and 7 other sci-fi icons almost looked like in awesome concept art

Yoda, Hagrid, Buzz Lightyear,Beast -- they're all film icons, but what were they originally supposed to look like?

When it comes to character sketches versus the final, cinematic result, you never know what you'll discover. Sometimes the original intent remains entirely or in part until the very end. Other times, the sketch and the product are as far from each other as two things can be.

And with that in mind, here are a few side-by-side comparisons -- some of them are bizarre, some of them are awesome, but they're all worth a look. You can find our favorites below, and then be sure to check out the rest here.

And don't forget to tell us what you think! Should some of these characters have remained true to their earlier counterparts?
(via blastr)

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Epic fan video cuts 50+ movies into greatest most epic sci-fi trailer ever

WOW when i first watched this trailer my jaw dropped i was wishing it was real.You know every sci-fi trailer these days try to play up the “epic-ness” of the story? Well, this is what happens when you take all those moments and chop them into a 6-minute masterpiece of intensity WOW.

The peeps Behind the Epic have decided to make the de-facto movie trailer of the year, and it’s guaranteed to get your blood pumping with excitment. It also makes us wonder what would happen if all these characters met in a awesome super-crossover.

They’ve included quite a list of flicks, ranging from The Dark Knight Rises to Pacific Rim to The Lord of the Rings and about everything in between.

Check out the trailer below and let me know how many flicks you recognize and what you think of the epicness of the trailer:

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The rising threat of the Sentinels in ominous X-Men art and video

 X-Men: Days of Future Past has some great villains, and this is our first glimpse of how insidiously helpful they are.

Trask Industries, as led by Founder Boliver Trask, is all about protecting humanity and the greater good. Which sounds nice, except for the part where protecting humanity is equated with killing all mutants. A new viral website launched recently dedicated to Trask Industries, and it's decidedly friendly upon first glance. Of course, there are quotes from Boliver Trask, like this one, that give us some pause:

The mutant threat is the defining issue of our time. We can choose to stem the impending tide of extinction or we can stand by passively and allow it to wash away any remnants of our species.

But don't worry about that -- look at this calming video!

That's nice. Those sinister-looking robots of possible killers are keeping us safe!

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Why David Tennant says we'll see him be a different Doctor for Who’s 50th

Doctor Who’s eagerly anticipated 50th anniversary special is coming up in a bit less than four months, and Tenth Doctor David Tennant teases how we’ll get to see a “slightly different” side to his Doctor.

In an interview with SFX, Tennant has hinted how his Doctor will react as he’s paired with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Time Lord. (And to some extent, to John Hurt's Doctor as well, one gathers.)

“When there is more than one of you, as is the case this time, it becomes a slightly different character. The Doctor tends to lead every scene he is in and when you are sharing that out it becomes slightly different. You have a new relationship with that aspect of the character and that gives you fresh challenges to work on. But it was really good fun actually – and that was a big part of what I enjoyed about this.”
The 42-year old Scottish actor also touched on the subject of his coming back to the beloved sci-fi series for the big 5.0 anniversary special.

“No, I can’t say I was surprised. There is a precedent to this, isn’t there? It has happened a few times down the years so it was never out of the realms of possibility that it would happen for the 50th anniversary. I was more surprised about how long it took to come through. It actually took quite a long time. There had been a sketchy little conversation about it – and there was a long gap before I got the call. For a long time I was starting to think it was never going to happen – so there was an element of surprise there. But the general concept was something I always expected.”
Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special will be broadcast simultaneously around the world on Saturday November 23, 2013.

How do you think David Tennant's Tenth Doctor will play against Matt Smith's Eleventh (as well as John Hurt's) and vice versa? Allons-y! and Geronimo!

(SFX via Digital Spy)
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WOWZA! The Extended Edition for The Hobbit will have nearly 9 hours of extra OMG!!!

Feeding off of the extended Lord of the Rings releases, The Hobbit is also due for a serious special edition.

Just because Peter Jackson already incorporated many Tolkien appendices to make The Hobbit into three films doesn't mean there won't be even longer Blu-ray and DVD releases. So if you're one of the many Middle-earth fans who long for the most complete version of each and every story, there's great news, which comes directly from Jackson himself.

I'm totally excited that the Extended Edition will give fans the opportunity to experience certain key scenes in the film as they were originally shot, as well as an abundance of special features. It’s sooo exciting to present this expanded and enriched version of An Unexpected Journey to allow fans to fully immerse themselves in the movie, before seeing the second part of the trilogy!

While there's been no official announcement as to how much longer the extended version will be, we do know that there will be almost nine hours worth of bonus content which will include commentaries, features, and in-depth looks into every aspect of film production.

The extended edition is due out November 5th. So tell me are you going to pick it up, or is The Hobbit already too long?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Dancing Captain America of Comic-Con 2013 [Video]

San Diego Comic Con is full of all sorts of sights and sounds: from the event staff yelling directions to wandering attendees, to college kids handing out postcard advertisements for various companies, to pedicab drivers hounding you to take a ride. Another thing you’ll see while walking around the historic Gaslamp District in San Diego are the downtrodden people asking for spare change or sleeping on the sidewalk, as many people  walk by pretending they aren’t there.
Some panhandlers find very creative ways to get the attention (and money) of pedestrians passing by them – playing music on a guitar, banjo or radio. Others will dress as various superheroes, attempting to blend in with the other people in the area: which is where we discovered  Hamilton, The Dancing Captain America. Hamilton isn’t actually homeless, but rather a disabled American veteran who may be down on his luck, but isn’t down on himself.

Hamilton, The Dancing Comic-Con Captain America
Every year during Comic-Con, instead of merely asking for handouts, Hamilton dances for donations – and it’s a sight to behold. Draped in the colors of The First Avenger: Captain America, with enough bandannas strapped to his wrist to make Steven Tyler’s microphone stand jealous, Hamilton whirls, spins, and sashays his way in and out of traffic, giving very little concern to the gawking looks and sometimes cruel words thrown his way.
The only time he stops dancing is to change the station on his Dewalt radio (he favors rock over pop) or to say hello to a little child who doesn’t see a “crazy” man dancing in the streets, but rather, their favorite superhero having fun and entertaining crowds of people.
‘Captain America The First Avenger’ USO Scene
Most of the time, Hamilton does his performance in front of cellphones and other lower-quality cameras – but this time, talented filmmaker and Screen Rant contributor Mike Eisenberg (Creative Director at Tall Tale Productions) was there to capture everything with his high-end video camera. Mike then took  his raw footage, cut it down and set it to the tune of “Star Spangled Man” – which was the song Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) sings during a World War II U.S.O. show in First Avenger.
Eisenberg has managed to make a funny and heartwarming video that uses images instead of words to remind audiences that by passing by one of these unique street performers, they could be missing out on something more entertaining than the over-funded blockbuster films that have taken over the ‘Con. At one minute and forty seconds long, it can be considered a fabulous micro-movie celebration of a Comic-Con icon.

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SPOILER ALERT: Is A Flash TV Series Coming To CW Soon?

A site called Deadline reported that CW wants to get their hands on yet ANOTHER superhero TV show and this time it will be based on The Flash.

There are rumours going around that CW is getting ready to discuss the possible project at today's TCA presentation. Apparently the idea is to introduce The Flash on the next season of Arrow before giving The Flash his very own series.

The Flash would be written by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kriesberg who are also the co-creators of Arrow. Director David Nutter will most likely direct the Flash TV pilot.

The last time Flash had his own TV show was back in 1990 but the show was short lived and lasted only for 1 season.

So, all of us here at Fandom 101 are really excited about the possibilty of CW expanding the DC Universe, but what do you think?
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Joss Whedon Hints At Scarlet Witch Costume in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

After the first X-Men film helped bring live-action comic book movies to the mainstream with its infamous black leather outfits, it was Spider-Man and its record-breaking box office performance the following year that proved that modern audiences could accept and embrace the colorful superhero costumes from Marvel Comics.

Marvel Studios launched their franchise with its first self-financed film in Iron Man, featuring faithful adaptations of the original and modern armors from the books, and each character introduced in Marvel films since has been similarly adapted closely to the colorful source material as well, from Loki’s green outfit and horned helmet, to Captain America’s red, white and blue uniform, shield in tow. The Avengers on screen look pretty darn close to The Avengers on the page, but for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we may start to see some deviations.

As fans following the development of Fox’s and Disney’s upcoming and ambitious projects know, the brother-sister act of Pietro and Wanda Maximoff aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch have become an item of late. Joss Whedon has written the pair into his Age of Ultron script, and at the same time, at least one of them (Quicksilver) is included in the story of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Evan Peters is playing Quicksilver for Fox’s Marvel Cinematic Universe and on stage at Comic-Con over the weekend he and director Bryan Singer described his costume as something from the ’70s, confirming that his character’s story is with Michael Fassbender’s younger Magneto (Quicksilver’s father).

For the modern-set Avengers sequel, where superheroes will once again suit up in their expected duds, the costumes for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch – arguably the most extreme of the team – will be altered significantly for the film, especially for Scarlet Witch:

The above image is the classic Scarlet Witch design, but the overly busty and revealing outfit – and red hair piece – won’t make the cut in the live-action version. Whedon tells Nerdist to expect a homage to the headgear but much like the costumes of the first Avengers film, whatever Wanda ends up wearing will be muchmore grounded in reality and likely will be something a little closer to her simpler Ultimates outfit (top of article) of leather pants and strapless tank top.

“She might wear a headband or something that might echo it. The guys at Marvel, the conceptual artists, are phenomenal, and they are so good at taking the essence of what works and interpreting it for the actual human body, and when they paint something you can not only tell how it’s gonna work on a person, you can even tell what fabric it’ll be. They are very specific, very talented. So I’m excited to see the designs. Obviously we want to echo the look that people know, but there’s the classic look and the Ultimates look, but you have to do it in a way that will work. But it can’t be too old school… she can’t wear a leotard.”

Hawkeye’s costume is significantly different than his traditional purple outfit, but closely matches his Ultimates uniform, and we expect a similar adaptation for Scarlet Witch. Early rumors pointed towards Marvel Studios and Whedon using Saoirse Ronan as a model for their take on the Scarlet Witch character, who may be of British decent for the film.

What will Quicksilver (possibly played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) wear? Will Bryan Singer have his own Scarlet Witch in Days of Future Past?

Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

Source: Nerdist

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Singer finally explains the twisty timeframe of X-Men: Days of Future Past

We knew that director Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past was going to be messing with time, but now we finally know exactly when the sequel will be set.
As anyone who saw The Wolverine this weekend already knows, that post-credit stinger scene gave a glimpse at the potential time frame Singer has in mind. But now he’s finally made it clear, so we can start connecting a few of the dots.
According to an interview in the latest print edition of Empire, fans can expect a 10-year jump from both of the latest formal X-Men flicks:
"It takes place about ten years, give or take, after X-Men 3, and in the past it takes place about ten years after First Class.”
So what can we glean from this little detail? It’s not much of a surprise that they’re jumping 10 years from First Class, as the gap should give them some wiggle room to get everyone set up for the events of Days of Future Past.
But jumping 10 years from the (mostly panned) Last Stand, which was released just seven years ago? We can hope that Singer wants an extra couple of years to help explain away some of the stupider developments still stuck in the canon from that third installment, which saw Brett Ratner step in for Singer after Singer departed to take on Superman Returns.
That closing scene of The Wolverine already established that at least one major development will be undone, and we’re dying to see what Singer has cooked up to (hopefully) right the ship.
How do you think Singer will fix all that WTF-ery from Last Stand?
(Via Digital Spy)
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Geek Nations Interview: Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, and More Talk ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ at SDCC ’13

When The Amazing Spider-Man was announced i was soo excited like the  fans who bristled at the possibility of watching another origin story for the world’s most famous web-swinger. But the film went on to earn more than $752 million, and fully revived the character, particularly with actor Andrew Garfield beneath his iconic mask. In 2014, Garfield reunites with director Marc Webb for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which further develops the story of young Peter Parker, this time facing the (literally) electrifying villainy of Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, and the complicated friendship of Harry Osborne, this time around played by Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines).
Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without an appearance from ol’ web-head, and Garfield and company more then delivered, showing up in Hall H with footage and plenty of fan-friendly interactions. Afterwards, they trekked over to San Diego’s Hilton Bayfront for a press conference in which Garfield, Webb, Foxx, DeHaan and producer Avi Arad talked about the evolution of this particular Spider-Man, his most formidable foe yet, and the challenges of creating a timeline for the superhero’s adventures that manages to satisfy standalone adventures and a narrative for an entire franchise.

Coming back to this sequel the second time around, is it still hard to be Peter Parker and easier to be Spider-Man, or has it gotten difficult to be Spider-Man as well?

Garfield: What a question. I like that question. I think what I discovered on this one is that it’s just a mess. Peter’s a mess. Spider-Man’s a mess. But what’s important to know is that when we meet Spider-Man, at the beginning of this film, he’s taking great pleasure in his power, and he’s in full control of it. A little bit like Usain Bolt, his 25 minutes before he runs the 100 meters, his preparation is play because he has the ability to do that, that he accesses a relaxed, free, playful state of mind. So what I love about this Spider-Man now is that he has the confidence to not only be heroic, but it’s not boring heroism. He’s able to mess with people as he’s being heroic. He’s Bugs Bunny to a certain degree. And also, what I discovered is that Peter is his little brother in a way. He’s in the shadow. Spider-Man gets all the power, the attention, and he gets to live out this fantasy life, but when he gets home, Peter has the bangs and the bruises and the aches and the pains when the adrenaline has left his body. He has to look in the mirror, and he has to see a real boy in the mirror as opposed to this symbol that’s greater than any human being. So that dynamic was really, really interesting. This inner dynamic between the older brother and the younger brother. It’s complicated as it should be. Peter Parker has historically been complicated. The more complicated, the better. The more guilt, the better. The more pain, the better for Peter, and the more joy and pleasure for Spider-Man, the better. So those two things were really fun to play.

What was the most important lesson that you learned coming out of the first movie as an actor, that’s helped you now in the second film?
Garfield: Thank you for the question. Gosh, I learned so much from that first movie. I didn’t really sleep on the first movie. I really took the responsibility to heart. I took Stan Lee’s words to heart, and I still do. So I guess what I tried to do on this one is make sure that I could show up every day and give all of myself to it because there were certain days, on the first one, where I felt like I couldn’t get to the place I wanted to get to emotionally, or I couldn’t get to the place I wanted to get to physically or I just felt burnt out. So on this one, I really wanted to treat myself like an athlete and take rest when I could. And luckily, in this one, I could because Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, with the help of Marc, Matt and the whole team and Avi, had crafted a story that didn’t solely rest upon Peter’s shoulders, or Spider-Man’s shoulders. Alex and Bob, they wrote incredibly well-crafted characters across the board, a real ensemble and enough to attract talent like this and Paul Giamatti. It’s a real testament to the writing, and I got to sleep a little bit more thankfully.

How do you like wearing the new costume? Which one do you like more?
Garfield: The eyes are much bigger and better. You can see more. It still as tight as it was before. I was able to urinate in this one easier. That was a very friendly adjustment from the costume designer, Deb Scott. Aesthetically, I prefer it. To be honest, I dig it more. I just dig it more. I loved the first one, don’t get me wrong. I actually really did, but it’s mostly my ability to urinate which I’m happy about. It was just very generous of them to set it up in that way.

Marc, the second time around, what were the elements of Spider-Man’s character and story, some of the conditions that you couldn’t get to in the first one that you were really excited to be able to get to the second time around?
Webb: Well, I think, there’s a level of virtuosity in his physical capabilities that we really had fun playing around with. And there was the foundation of playfulness in this movie. There were hints of it in the first movie, but like fun. Fun is crucial. The first movie, we had a lot of obligations. It was a little darker, and this one was, from the outset, has that level of play that I loved in Spider-Man growing up. And there’s a lot of things that we did, for example, just the physical comedy elements which are very technical, very difficult. We had a guy that Andrew had suggested that came in and consulted with us in creating these sort of elaborate, simple, but elegant sequences where Peter Parker as Spider-Man is just having fun being Spider-Man. I think physical comedy is something that’s sort of a lost art. You know what I mean? And Andy Armstrong, Cal and I, we all in fact looked back and looked at a lot of Buster Keaton movies, a lot of Charlie Chaplin, a lot of Harold Lloyd, and you look at these incredibly gifted artists, and see how difficult the physical tasks of comedy like that was. It was something that we didn’t want to mess around with. There were a few scenes where we had to do sort of long takes. There was that one we did in the hallway, was like, I think, I don’t know how many takes we did, but it was just like incredibly demanding of Andrew. But also intensely pleasurable as a filmmaker to appreciate that. Whether they notice the level of detail or the work we put into it, I don’t know. That was something that was really fun to play around with that we didn’t get to play around with in the first one.

We really love the design of Electro. Can you go into how you came up with it, and Jamie, do you have any input?
Webb: Well, there’s a lot of different incarnations of Electro in the comics, and I tried to think about how to do it with a yellow and green suit, and I couldn’t make any logical sense of that. But I wanted to keep this – there are certain elements of his creation that I wanted to protect, but I will say when you look at a storm cloud coming out over the horizon, I remember growing up in Wisconsin seeing these terrifying storms coming over the plains, and the electricity on the inside of them would explode, and you would see these flashes of billowing light. And that is a cue that we used to develop these internal workings of Electro. And the other thing that I really felt was important to understand the visage, the face, the emotion, and preserve Jamie’s performance within the character itself, so I really sort of stepped away from doing a mask. Instead I created this creature that felt human but also felt god-like, and that was something that was really important to present to Spider-Man as an antagonist, something terrifying, and a little bit creepy and immensely powerful.

For Jamie, you’ve played a lot of iconic roles. How do you feel taking on this role considering it’s completely different, and what did you do to prepare for it?
Foxx: Well, first of all, I think the nailing of Max is the main thing. I know people like Max. There was a guy named Rashad who lived with his mom in the 40s. And if you know the history of Max, his father left him. He was actually married at one point. We don’t go into that. He was actually married at one point, and so the reason being for that is we couldn’t get going. And so for an actor, that’s perfect for guys like us. There’s a building block right there. If you know that this guy’s lost his father, immediately, there’s something about his character that’s different. If you know that his mother dotes on him all the time, he’s always seeking his mom’s approval which is a little bit like mine. I was adopted at seven months. My mother, I knew though at the time, so I would always wait for her to come into town. ‘I’m playing quarterback,’ and I’m this, and I’m that. I was waiting for her to say, ‘I like that.’ And she was a very tough, tough woman. She now lives with me, and now everything’s worked out. But at the time, it was tough for me because I wanted her approval. So the same for Max. If we could grab that for us as actors, and what was great about Marc was once we set that platform of Max being from that – the Electro part was not easy, but it makes sense – but what was great was that Marc would not allow us to move until he actually got it right. He pushed. I don’t know about what you guys experienced, but he really pushed me. I don’t know if he pushed me a little harder than everybody else, but he pushed. And I really appreciated that. So that when we look back on what we shot, that’s the main ingredient from all the characters that we played. Whether it’s Ray, whether it’s Django, or Willy Beaman, that’s the same DNA or the same process that we use in all of our character work.

In your interpretation of Electro, would you say this was a character that was sort of a counterpoint to Spider-Man’s wisecracking?
Foxx: Well, we wanted Electro to be serious. I wanted him to be a formidable opponent even when I would see Andrew out. I saw him at Chelsea Pier, and I said, ‘Somebody really doesn’t like you.’ He said, ‘Who’s that? Who really doesn’t like me?’
Garfield: I don’t speak like that.
Foxx: So I told him. I really want Electro to be angry. And I actually got the character from something that happened to me. When I was in LA as a young comedian, I had a little situation. There was this gangster dude that said,’ If you ever need some help, let me know.’ And I needed his help one day, and I took the help. But then I was indebted to him, so every club I went to, it was like, ‘You got me right?’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ ‘Yeah, I need to get in the club with you.’ I said, ‘I can only get one in.’ ‘I got nine with me.’ And so it was just this constant thing going through the city, and so finally, I had to stand up and say, ‘I don’t want to deal with you anymore.’ And it turned into this venom. So I took this character as Electro that when Spider-Man says to Max, ‘You know, we’re partners’ – and he said it passing, but I took it to heart – so when I turn into Electro, I don’t want to let him off the hook. And I think that’s what works. It makes the fight more epic, the fact that Electro is not talking a lot. He’s just down to business. He wants to burn the city down, and he wants to get rid of Spider-Man.

A lot of actors who play iconic villains, sometimes they say it was fun for them or very disturbing for them. How did it affect you?
Foxx: Well, what I wanted to do, and what we wanted to do was we wanted to do three things as Max. We wanted to have three things happen. He needed to be betrayed by love. He needed to be betrayed by family, and he needed to be betrayed by his work. So that when you see the set up, when you see him as Max – is it okay to say what happens to him when they forget his birthday? No. Well, what happens is that we came up with the fact that Max Dillon, it’s his birthday, and even his mom doesn’t remember his birthday. So you see? See how you feel? But that sets it up the fact that he says, ‘Mom, it’s a very special day today. You got anything you want to say?’ And she says, ‘I don’t want to say anything to you.’ So what that does is that sets it up that when Electro does turn into this guy, there’s a little bit of you saying, “I understand where it’s coming from.” So it wasn’t disturbing, but it was great to see that journey, the fact that we gave it more than one side. It’s three to four dimensional that when he turns into this person, you understand where he’s coming from.

We’re a little bit sad that Shailene is not going to appear as we heard, but excited about a longer term plan. Does Shailene still have a part for Spider-Man 3, and would the scenes she was in have to be completely reworked?
Arad: We miss Shailene. I know you were all upset. But we all felt the story got just too big to have the two girls. So it was the right thing to wait. The next movie will be in three years, more or less.

Garfield: When I’m 45.

Arad: We love this girl, and time will tell.

Andrew, have you made any headway on finding Peter Parker a boyfriend?
Garfield: Very good question. Listen, what I said in that Entertainment Weekly interview was a question. It was just a simple, philosophical question about sexual orientation, about prejudice. I obviously long for the time where sexual orientation, skin color, is a small thread in the fabric of a human being, and all men are created equal – and women, sorry, women as well. To speak to the idea of me and Michael B. Jordan getting together, it was tongue in cheek, absolutely tongue in cheek. It would be illogical for me in the third movie to be like, you know what? I’m kind of attracted to guys. That’s just not going to work. That’s clear. It was just more a philosophical question, and what I believe about Spider-Man is that he does stand for everybody, black, white, Chinese, Malaysian, gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender. He will put himself in harm’s way for anyone. He is colorblind. He’s blind to sexual orientation, and that is what he has always represented to me. He represents the everyman, but he represents the underdog and those marginalized who come up against great prejudice which I, as I middle class straight, white man, don’t really understand so much. And when Stan Lee first wrote and created this character, the outcast was the computer nerd, was the science nerd, was the guy that couldn’t get the girl. Those guys now run the world. So how much of an outcast is that version of Peter Parker anymore? That’s my question. And just love for the underdog, protecting those that need protection. There’s not, in terms of teenagers nowadays, there’s more and more horror stories that you hear about young, gay men and women not feeling accepted by society, attempting suicide, committing suicide in some cases, and who else is there to stand up for more importantly than them, you know? Equally to everyone else, but we’re all the same is my point.

It may be a long time before there is a gay super hero, but thank you for even mentioning it. Can you talk a little bit about how Peter and Gwen’s relationship evolves?
Garfield: It’s kind of linked to what I said earlier. It’s tough to have a life as Peter. It’s tough. It’s like being an emergency aid worker. It’s 24/7, his job. There’s no breaks. You’re always on call, and it’s not that you can switch your beeper off. Who has a beeper anymore? Jesus Christ. I’m like the original Stan Lee Spider-Man in 1962. I can’t switch it off. It’s a physical impulse that Peter gets. It’s like, ‘I have to go, I’m sorry.’ So I could be in the middle of something incred – I could be in the middle of a proposal. I could be proposing to Gwen. I could be on one knee, and suddenly I’m like, ‘I’ve really got to go. I’m really, really sorry. Sorry, sorry, sorry, don’t hate me. I love you. I love you. I love you.’ And I have to go save a cat from a tree. It’s that small, and because of his over-developed sense of responsibility, it’s like . . . he’s human. He’s not super human, ultimately. He’s just a dude, and relationships are hard anyway as we all know, but it’s especially hard for someone who has to be so dedicated to his work. And that’s part of the struggle that Peter has with Gwen in this story.

Dane, what’s it like working with the Marvel family for the first time?
DeHaan: Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect going into it because I had never made a movie this big. But I definitely wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did and walk away being as fulfilled as I was. I mean, I knew going into it that I was a big fan of Andrew and the first movie and Andrew as an actor. I mean, Jamie, obviously, and what Marc Webb had done with his first two movies, but I guess I thought because of the magnitude of this movie, something artistically would be compromised. But actually, it was a great luxury to have that much time, and for the sets to be that amazing. And then with the script being as great as it was, I walked away fully satisfied.

Dane, in the previous incarnation, we had James Franco playing the same character. A lot of what drove him was what happened to his father. Can you talk a little bit about how you interacted with Peter Parker?
DeHaan: Well, first of all, in this version, Peter and Harry were childhood friends, and then Harry was sent off to a boarding school at kind of a young age. And he inherently has a complicated relationship with Norman still, he never really went home, and he kind of stopped. He kind of just ignored his home life and stayed at school and partied, and probably got into a lot of things he shouldn’t have gotten into. And really tried to buy his happiness because he had a kind of trust fund. And now, he’s graduated high school, and he’s decided to go home for the first time. And he has to confront Peter, and he hasn’t seen Peter in a really long time. And they are trying to reconcile their friendship, and I think a lot of what they find that they had in common is their complicated relationships with their fathers, still.

Question: Do you interact more with Max?
Dehane: We had some interactions.

What’s it like to see yourself as an action figure?
Garfield: I tried not to look, but then I went into Toys R Us before Christmas time, last Christmas, shopping for my nephews. And I was like, ‘I’ll meet you guys in the car.’ I needed just a half an hour to just kind of absorb one particular aisle. And it was humbling, just really, really humbling, not something that I really identify with. It doesn’t feel real. It doesn’t feel like me, but it’s really cool. It’s just cool. Like it’s just as simple as that really, but also, it doesn’t really mean anything weirdly. It’s the suit. You know, kids are going to be excited to buy the Spider-Man figure when he’s got his mask on, you know what I’m saying? Yes, people identify with Peter Parker, but it’s not about the actor playing the role. It’s about the everyman nature of Peter, and the everyman nature of Spider-Man and what he stands for and who he protects, all creatures great and small. And that’s what’s exciting, the fact that I get to try to embody it and try to bring it to life for five, six-year-olds, that’s just an honor for me and one that I don’t take lightly or that personally actually.

Marc, with more sequels announced, how hard was it to make this film work by itself and yet connect to the next films?
Webb: I think it was just a different thing to me. The universe that we had conceived of began before we started shooting the first movie. So there were plans and plants the seeds that sort of developed all around us, but the primary focus was executing this movie as best as we all could. Contain is an interesting word. This is operatic. There is a hugeness of scale to this movie, and as Andrew was saying, the ensemble is pretty extraordinary, but it is cohesive. And it is direct. And there is a simple, unifying theme that is the heart of the film, I think will be very impactful. But it was fun. It’s fun to like tease out little bits and pieces of other characters. And if you pay attention to this next movie, you’ll see other things that might be in store for us in the future.

For those sequels, what are your plans?
Webb: You’ll have to wait and see. Just to address that. We really want to be protective of the plot of the movie, one to protect the enjoyment that people should have when they walk into a theater and experience it for the first time. And that’s a really fun thing to do. So rather than being coy and dodgy, like that’s what really our intention is. There is a lot of thought, a lot of consideration, a lot of detail work, a lot of meetings behind closed doors about how the universe unfolds. But we’re very protective about how we reveal everything.

Marc, what do you feel like you learned from the first movie and how that affected you personally, not necessarily artistically?
Webb: The movie this size is all consuming. And I met Alfonso Cuarón today, who’s a brilliant filmmaker. I had been a long time fan of his, and he said something. He was talking about doing Harry Potter which I thought was really profound and very helpful to me as a filmmaker. And with (500) Days of Summer was very much a personal story with me and my friends, but when he was talking about Harry Potter. He’s like, ‘You come. You’re the director, and you have to have a vision. And it’s about you.’ And he said something about Harry Potter that I thought was very helpful. He said, ‘You have to surrender the material.’ I’m at the service of something much bigger than myself. It’s not about me. It’s not about my vision necessarily. It’s about supporting a character that we all know and love that’s so much bigger than all of us. And learning how to surrender that is very difficult thing when your job is to be in control. And to negotiate with that is, I had many, many life lessons that I won’t get into.

Garfield: Tell us.

Webb: Well, doctor . . . But that was a really wonderful thing because what you learn is that when people feel a sense of 
ownership, whether it’s Andrew, Dane or Jamie or Matt or Avi, you get a level of commitment that is much deeper than you could do if they’re servicing something else. So to me, it was like – I think you learned the power of surrender of that.

Garfield: Beautiful.

Webb: Thank you. I appreciate it.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.
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