The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Panel [Comic-Con 2013]
If we’re going strictly on comics and comic book lore, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the first big comic book movie at this year’s Con. And on a day full of big TV panels, Spider-Man saved the day with a great, and really fun, panel. It consisted of producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad as well as director Marc Webb. Dane DeHaan joined the creative team along with Jamie Foxx. The real surprise came later with Spider-Man appearing in full costume. Eventually, Andrew Garfield unmasked himself in the most theatrical panel I’ve seen so far this year.
Let’s back up. Unlike a lot of the panels, they started it by dimming the lights and providing no introduction. After pulling the curtains back and showing a short teaser, there was eventually a quick introduction where they promised an appearance from “Spider-Man.” Then we got a quick video of a fully-costumed Spider-Man “breaking” into Comic-Con and showing up on stage. When he wouldn’t remove his mask, I think we all figured it wasn’t actually Andrew Garfield.
Next, we got news that Emma Stone wouldn’t be there, but like all celebrities that can’t fit in Comic-Con, she sent a video of herself regretting it. What was different about this panel was that it was hijacked by Electro.
Enter Kanye West’s “Power,” then the lights came on and Jamie Foxx appeared on stage. Pretty cool. So cool, even Spider-Man was starstruck. Their back-and-forth banter, including Spider-Man confessing his love for Django Unchained, was thoroughly entertaining.
Eventually Spider-Man left and the panel turned a little more serious. This basically set the tone for the rest of the panel because it is exactly how the first footage went – which we got next. It starts with Spidey happy and joking around. But it ends with a very serious Electro taking over New York. By the end of the footage, he vows for a world without power, without mercy, and without Spider-Man. I know it is a small sample size, but from what I saw, I think I’ll like it more than the original.
During the extended clip, Andrew Garfield (now donning regular clothes) snuck back onto the panel. The clip followed with a more traditional Q&A, both from the moderator and fans. Here are the five biggest highlights (in my opinion):
1) Spider-Man 2 won’t be “handcuffed” by the origin story. I liked this the most because I felt last year’s movie was way too much like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man.
2) Max’s first scene (before he becomes Electro) will involve his birthday and his mother. Foxx promised it’ll explain why he’s the way he is in the movie.
3) A big theme for the movie will be “power corrupts.” Both the footage and Foxx’s answers made it obvious that Max (who turns into Electro) starts out as a nobody. Eventually he gets all the power in the world and becomes a much different person.
4) A fan expressed concern that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would be like Spider-Man 3 in the sense that there’d be “too much.” Webb did admit The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) would be there to “lighten the mood,” but it wouldn’t be too over-the-top.
5) Like Hugh Jackman’s comments about the X-Men joining The Avengers, Garfield also expressed interest in joining up with them. He did joke he wasn’t allowed to say that, though.
In all, there was a lot to get from The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s panel in Hall H. It was both hilarious (when Spider-Man referred to Garfield as the guy that invented Facebook, I lost it) and it was exciting. Jamie Foxx seems to have taken his role as Electro very seriously, and I’m hoping Webb’s follow-up to the origin story can take it deeper than we’ve seen so far. If I had to guess by the panel Friday, I’d say it’s going to happen.
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti
Release Date: May 2, 2014
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