SDCC 2013: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Panel, & All the News from Comic-Con!

Starting off this years Comic Con strong, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 released a short teaser that brought us our first footage of Jamie Foxx as Electro. This whet the appetite of fans, until the actual Amazing Spider-Man 2 panel on Fri, in which a ton of new information was teased, including some new footage shown.

We’ll cover some of the news, descriptions of the footage, and discussions with the cast about the film today. We’ll try to move through quickly so try and keep up! First up…

SuperHeroHype had the opportunity to speak with Marc Webb before Friday’s panel, and covered a ton of information. We’ll include some highlights below with the rest at the link.

Here’s Webb discussing Electro as the villain of the film, and some of the new supporting cast who are guaranteed to make some big splashes:

[box_dark]Jamie Foxx as Electro …Electro to me was somebody I was always curious about, because he’s inherently cinematic, or has that potential, not in the comics necessarily but some of the ones I really love, he has that quality. There is something terrifying and God-like about Electro. He is elemental in the way that Poseidon or Zeus is—you feel a sense of bigness about him. He’s somebody who just his touch has the power of a thousand third rails and will obliterate anybody near him. I think it’s incredibly exciting to play with that kind of power. Spider-Man’s greatest weapon is that web and when he shoots a web at Electro, there’s a current and webs are conductive and that’s going to pose some real issues for Spider-Man so I thought that was a really fun villain to unleash on New York and on Spider-Man.

SHH: You also bring in Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan as the Osborns, Norman and Harry, who play such a big part in the Spider-Man mythos. Can you talk about casting those guys and bringing them in? I’m also curious about working with Avi, Matt and Sony to decide who to introduce this time?

Webb: We talk to a lot of people. Like casting Emma Stone, you want to find a chemistry that works between the actors and I think there was a very cool interesting dynamic that developed between Dane and Andrew. Harry and Peter need to have an ease about them. Our conceit is that they were friends from when they were much younger and in order for that to work, you need a sense that there’s a history there and there’s a real great depth to their relationship. They’re sort of like brothers in a way and that’s really palpable. Dane’s a really funny guy, he’s a very funny actor and I think people will start to appreciate that. It’s also exciting for me to find people who aren’t over-exposed, like Andrew with the first movie. Dane I think is somebody that the world is starting to discover just how wonderful an actor he is, how great his look is, how dimensional his performances are. That was a really fun thing to play with. Then Chris Cooper is a genius, he’s an icon, and when you’re talking about Norman Osborn, who is somebody whose presence is known far outside the Spider-Man fans. Everybody knows who Norman Osborn is. You want to feel that. In the first movie, we tried to create an enigma around that and to find an actor that can withstand and support that was tricky, and luckily, Chris agreed to come on board and live out that role.[/box_dark]

Now let’s move on to the panel itself, which premiered the first footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which /Film was lucky enough to see:

[box_dark]During today’s Comic-Con panel at Hall H, Sony showed off a reel — essentially a trailer — from Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The video was a rough one, with incomplete effects and a couple of storyboards, but it was enough to offer us a good sense of the movie. And what we saw was pretty fantastic. Hit the jump for the full description.

The video opens with a shot of New York City streets. A large truck barrels through several cars, prompting the cops to get on the case. We then get our first glimpse at Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), riding on top of one of the cop cars.

The Spidey of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a more confident, content Spidey than we saw in the previous film. We hear him in a voiceover: “You know what it is I love about being Spider-Man? Everything.” He chases a tattooed gangster (Paul Giamatti) who’s driving a truck, and manages to beat him up without much trouble.

Spider-Man and Max Dillon in Amazing Spider-Man 2

But that doesn’t mean everything’s smooth sailing. We see a scene of Peter arguing with Aunt May (Sally Field) over, of all things, laundry. Or that’s the superficial subject; at heart is Peter’s need to protect his identity. “Last time you did it, you turned everything blue and red,” she scolds. Peter covers up by explaining that he’d been washing his flag, to which she protests, “No one washes their flag.”

Spider-Man’s first encounter with Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) comes shortly afterward. Spidey saves the rather pathetic-looking Oscorp employee from a disaster (seemingly during the chase with Giamatti’s Rhino), brushes him off, fixes his combover, and asks him to be his “eyes and ears.”

The incident leaves Max starstruck, and he’s seen shortly thereafter gushing to Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in an elevator about how great it must be to be Spider-Man. “It must be pretty cool to have the whole world see you like that,” he gushes. “I wish I was like him. The amazing Spider-Man.”[/box_dark]

Check out the link for the rest of the trailer footage, which shows more of the Rhino, Pete and Gwen’s relationship, Harry and Norman Osborn, and more from Electro. We can’t wait to see this finished footage released.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Banner

Moving on to another quick villain tease from Marc Webb, which is quite a unique pull from an obscure Spidey novel. So while obscure, it gives a nice little nod to the possibility of the Sinister Six appearing, from SHH:

“What about The Gentleman? Think about the Gentleman,” he said. “I’m just saying. Put that in your… There’s your little tidbit. Think about The Gentleman.”

SHH goes on to explain:

[box_dark]The Gentleman first appeared in the novel Spider-Man: The Gathering of the Sinister Six, in which he forms the Sinister Six as a way to destroy Peter. According to the canon of the novel, Peter’s parents had something to do with the death of The Gentleman’s brother and he creates the group to kill Spider-Man.[/box_dark]

Spider-Man vs The Sinister Six

The Sinister Six are Spidey’s main team of villains, and the prospect of their appearance on the big screen is crazy. However, with two more sequels planned after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it certainly offers a large timetable to properly introduce all the necessary characters to actually pull this off.

Now, for even more interviews, check out Collider’s huge discussion on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, and more. Lot of great information there and we haven’t even talked about the panel yet.

You can watch the whole panel below, without any of the footage of course:

Good panel, the costume looks good. Still looking forward to this film, so nothing’s changed. Can’t wait for the trailer.

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