In “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Peter Parker/Spider-Man (played by Andrew Garfield) battles three villains: Electro (played by Jamie Foxx, who also plays Electro's alter ego Max Dillon), the Green Goblin (played by Dane DeHaan, who also plays Green Goblin’s alter ego Harry Osborn) and the Rhino (played by Paul Giamatti, who also plays the Rhino's alter ego Aleksei Sytsevich).
There is also turmoil for the web-slinging superhero in his personal life: Peter has an on-again/off-again relationship with his girlfriend Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone), and he finds out some family secrets that involve his missing parents. Footage from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was given a sneak preview at Comic-Con International 2013 in San Diego. Here is what Garfield, Foxx, DeHaan, director Marc Webb and producer Avi Arad said at the Comic-Con panel for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Jamie, what can you say about Electro?
Foxx: It's extremely fun to play the villain. You have to color inside the lines, if you will. The thing is that when I got the call about this my [daughter] who was 3 at the time, she was playing on her Spider-Man jumper. She was having a Spider-Man birthday. And I got the call and said, "We want you to play Electro," and I was like, "Wow, this is going to be crazy." And she was like, "Spider-Man's going to kick your ass." That's part of it. I plan on doing some ass-kicking myself.
If you know anything about the character of Max Dillon, which is great for an actor, Max's father left him as a kid. So immediately, there's something to draw on. And his mom is overprotective of him and doting on him. We don't show it in this movie, but he was actually married at one point. And his wife leaves him.
So there's this 42-, 43-year-old guy who's been living at home with his mom. He's an electrician genius. I know guys like that, so that's great to draw from. So what we wanted to accomplish was to have him be betrayed by three things: love, his family and his work.
And then we added something where when we see Max, it's actually his birthday. We say it's his birthday and even his mom doesn't remember his birthday. So you immediately see he's in a holes. So when he turns into Electro, it makes sense that he has so much venom and so much anger. I want Electro to be a serious individual who wants to burn the city down and burn Spider-Man along with it.
Andrew, what "Spider-Man" storyline would you most like to see made into a movie?
Garfield: I'd like to see him with the Avengers. Just sayin'.
Andrew and Marc, what was it like to meet Stan Lee for the first time?
Garfield: It was like being in the room with Mickey Mouse. He's so iconic. It's like he doesn't really exist. It's not actually him. I don't think I was feeling his face or anything like that. That's what I was feeling: "Is it actually you, oh creator of everything great and holy?"
It was profound for me. I just turned into a black hole of a person. My tongue went dry, and my heart stopped. and my stomach wasn't my stomach anymore. I was a mess. And he was his charming, self-effacing, incredible self. I don't know if I said anything to him other than [babbling]. What about you?
What can you say about "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" screenwriters?
Tolmach: It's impossible to make a good movie without a good script. It's a cliché, but it's like building a house without a foundation, or having a body without a spine. You can shore it up, but eventually, it falls apart.
And we all felt that Spider-Man deserves a great script. My son Jackson is actually best friends with a kid named Jack Kurtzman. They may actually be here in Spider-Man suits.
And I was hanging with Jackson and Jack Kurtzman and Jack Kurtzman's father, Alex. And it kind of occurred to me that these kids love each other so much, that it would be great to turn it into something and maybe make some money. We could turn it into a meaningful thing.
[Alex Kurtzman] and I looked at each other. He was a Spider-Man fan. And I said, "Spider-Man?" And he said, "Absolutely."
From the first day we met with Alex and Bob [Orci], his partner, and this guy named Jeff Pinkner, they had this crazy love of Spider-Man, they wanted to do what you just saw, which is tell this enormous story. It's funny and poweful, and we just blow sh*t up, but at the same time, show the emotion of the character.
When we showed up on set for this movie, everybody knew exactly what we were doing. As a producer, it's such a safety net when everyone shows up and knows exactly what they're doing together. So hats off to Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and Jeff Pinkner.
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