WonderCon 2012: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Panel with Emma Stone and Mark Webb
The Amazing Spider-Man is still a few months away from hitting theaters, but director Matt Webb along with producer Matt Tolmach and star Emma Stone took some time to appear at WonderCon 2012 held in Anaheim, California over the weekend.
At the panel, the audience was shown an extended trailer of the film which included a clip at the beginning of Peter Parker talking to Uncle Ben and then asking Gwen Stacy out. As for the trailer, because they are still in the midst of finishing the film, some of the sequences had unfinished visual effects, which I always find fascinating to watch. Needless to say the trailer only added to my excitement for the movie.
Here are some highlights from the panel:
– Mark Webb made 3 choice about the Peter Parker/Spider-man in his film:
1) He likes the attitude that came from Peter being abandoned at a very young age, he thought it translated into quippy Spider-man
2) He decided to take on the Gwen Stacy saga and not Mary Jane
3) He wanted to create a world that was emotionally grounded. He wanted to start the world in a more practical way.
– Emma Stone mentioned that Gwen Stacy falls in love with Peter, as opposed to Mary Jane who falls in love with Spider-man. Whatever happens with Gwen Stacy affects Peter and his relationship with Mary Jane later on in the story. “She’s in love with Peter and that’s in spite of him being Spider-man” – Emma Stone
– There are competing ideas of what’s good illustrated by Captain Stacy who doesn’t think Spider-man is a good thing. Mark Webb saw that conflict with the police in a few Spider-man comic books and wanted to explore it.
– The loss of Uncle Ben is approached differently in the film.
– “I just needed to get them out of the house.” – What Stan Lee told Mark Webb on why all his superheroes have such losses with their parents.
– The love story between Peter and Gwen is grounded in reality and is tragic. It’s one of the things that made Emma Stone want to be part of the film.
– Producer Matt Tolmach shared that there is a scene between Gwen and Peter that works because of the actors and their chemistry. The awkwardness is captured by Mark Webb.
– Fun Fact: Emma Stone didn’t grow up reading comic books.
You can find more photos from the panel below: