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Quint chats with Andrew Garfield about the responsibilities of being Spider-Man!

Published at: Aug. 5, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Before the Sony panel at Comic-Con (and before I saw any of the new footage from The Amazing Spider-Man) I had a chance to sit down with the new Peter Parker, Mr. Andrew Garfield.

I’ve been a fan of his work in cinema for a few years, stemming back to Boy A, and was genuinely excited when Sony announced him as the new Spider-Man. If they were going to reboot the series they couldn’t ask for a better Peter Parker. Skinny and awkward? Check! Great actor? Check!

It also helps that for most theater-goers he’s a new face, someone they can accept as Peter Parker and not an actor playing Peter Parker. Outside of a great supporting turn in The Social Network he’s all but unknown to American audiences.

I was one of the lucky few to get 1:1 time with Mr. Garfield and he struck me as a very humble, sweet guy whose enthusiasm for Spider-Man was genuine and not just fanboy lip service.

Hell, he was even wearing the colors! Enjoy the interview!

 

 

Quint: Hey, man. I have to start by saying that I’ve been a fan of your work for a while now, going back to Boy A and the Red Riding Trilogy. When they announced you as Peter Parker I thought it was perfect casting.

Andrew Garfield: Oh, really? Dude, that’s so nice of you. Thank you!

Quint: I can’t wait to see what the footage is looking like. I grew up with the Spider-Man comics, I’m a giant fan. I see you’re sporting the colors.

Andrew Garfield: (laughs) Yeah, I try to do my best!

Quint: I guess the big question, the elephant in the room, is how you develop your own interpretation of Peter Parker as a character and of Spider-Man as a character. I mean, you not only have the established movie universe, but decades of different iterations of the character in comic book form.

Andrew Garfield: I know. And people are still crazy about it.

Quint: And to complicate it a lot of people are into the books today because of the Spider-Man movies and Tobey Maguire’s performance.

Andrew Garfield: Yeah, I know. It rekindled my love for it. I was reminded about how much the comics and the cartoon series meant to me as a kid when I saw the film. When I saw that first movie, I thought “God! That symbol has meant so much to me for all my life, since I was two years old and I had my first Halloween.”

But, yeah. Stepping into this is a number of things, you know? It’s a dream come true, for sure. I feel really lucky to have been given the opportunity. I wanted to make sure I had as much fun as possible because what I’ve found is that Peter Parker doesn’t get to have that much fun. He’s got a lot to do, he’s got a lot of stuff to clean up.

Quint: Especially, I’d imagine, in the first movie of a new series of Spider-Man films.

Andrew Garfield: Yeah. He’s going through adolescence, which is a full time job, as we all know and have been through; that breaks you down and makes you sometimes question existence. And on top of that he gets given these powers, which on the surface to us all just seem like this ability to be stronger than you’ve always been, to be able to swing through the streets of New York City and get to experience the sensation of flight, which we’ve all dreamed about.

Quint: That’s one of the things I’ve always found fascinating about Peter Parker as a character, that no matter how shitty his life can get…

Andrew Garfield: Yeah, he always has that.

Quint: That’s something I love in the books that wasn’t in the Raimi movies too much… the wise-cracking Spider-Man. When he’s Peter Parker he has the weight of real life on his shoulders, but he has a certain freedom as Spider-Man…

 

 

Andrew Garfield: Sure, in a way. But if I could disagree with that as well… the mask weighs more than I thought it would… for me, personally.

Quint: Sure, it represents the responsibility that comes with his powers…

Andrew Garfield: That’s exactly right and you don’t actually know how heavy that is until it’s actually upon you. My personal journey with it, as Andrew, has kind of syncopated with Peter and his journey in this movie. I got very excited, of course, when I knew I was going to be playing the role and I was just living in a pure fantasy for three months going, “I get to do this and I get to do that and I get to do all my stunts and I get to wear the fucking costume and I get to hang out with kids in Queens and I get to research all that and I get to be a kid again… I get to fulfill a fantasy!”

And as soon as we started working (laughs)… It was a lot. It was just a lot. I realized just how much responsibility I was taking on for you, for your buddies, for everyone who’s going to be in Hall H today and for me, the 7 year old inside of me. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s the same kind of pressure Peter Parker feels. He feels the weight of the city on his shoulders. He knows he’s the only one with the power that’s able to really fully protect these people. He feels like he’s their father, ultimately.

Quint: Which is interesting since he loses both his father and father figure.

Andrew Garfield: It’s a wonderful thing that you bring up. I love that and that’s what attracted me about this particular incarnation of this particular telling of this myth, this idea of what happens to someone when they’re orphaned. When they’re abandoned. When they’re left. I find that so powerful and profound. What Peter finds, to fill that void… he has empathy. He has empathy for the underdog, he has empathy for the abandoned. Because he has that empathy and that understanding he wants to protect people from feeling the feelings he’s felt all his life.

There’s something so beautiful about that, that he doesn’t want anyone to go through what he went through. The responsibilities that he assumes… it’s a brave thing to take on. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and he’s a kid and he gets given all this power, but his heart and his center and his moral core is so… he’s been through it, he knows what pain is.

Him being the underdog, him being the skinny kid that gets picked on, him having a sense of injustice makes him the hero that he is. All of his weaknesses are his strengths and I love that.

Quint: But with all that, do you still find time in your version of Parker to be the smart-ass?

Andrew Garfield: Every opportunity I got. I was like, “We need to see this guy enjoying this. We need to see him enjoying it as much as humanly possible.”

Quint: That’s a huge part of Spider-Man as a character, so I’m very happy to hear that. Another thing I love is bringing back the mechanical webshooters. I always found that in the book the mechanical webshooters were great because it gave him a weakness… he can run out of webbing, they could get damaged, etc. It forced Spider-Man to adapt on the fly.

Andrew Garfield: Right. You need that. That was something that was really exciting to us all as well. As you were saying, this story has been told so many times because we want to hear it because the themes are beautiful and the themes are important and it’s fun watching a guy swing through New York City. We all want that!

 

 

It was after this interview that I saw the footage (as reported here) that showed me exactly the Peter Parker/Spider-Man Mr. Garfield was talking about above, wise-cracker and all.

In person Garfield gave me the impression of a guy that really gave a shit about the character he was playing, not just on a surface professional level, but having a deeper feeling of responsibility to get it right. The footage shown at Comic-Con certainly supports that. No matter what happens with the rest of the movie, I’d wager every one of you will love Garfield in the role.

Hope you guys enjoyed the chat!

-Eric Vespe
”Quint”
quint@aintitcool.com
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  • Aug. 5, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST

    I swear to god...

    by cornholio1980

    If I hear that terrible "With great power comes great responsibility"-line again, I'm going to puke.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    I can't wait

    by Daremo

    I'm looking forward to this more then the original Spider-Man movie.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 3:10 a.m. CST

    I WANT TO SEE THIS REAL BAD

    by nick soton

    dont care what anyone says about this i can't wait to see it i love anything spider-man comics, all 3 films and the 70's tv series (maybe not so much the stage show)

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    One thing I noticed about the Raimi films..

    by Righteous Brother

    which I watched recently over a couple of weekends, is that Peter Parker cries so much in them. I mean his eyes well up with tears 3 times in the last movie alone. I know Peter Parker has a lot of problems to deal with, but come on! Also, I'm glad that in this movie they're going back to his high-school years. There's a wealth of material to be had there, the best reason for a reboot in my humble opinion. I like the mechanical web shooters too.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST

    still on the fence...

    by cheekerpot

    I'm gradually adapting to like the new suit even though it seems a little overdone on details to me and the shoes are just...well... not needed... I just wish we didn't have to go through the origin story again..and again...and again... This movie will feel redundant introducing characters that already were present in the raimi movies imo, I hope they keep things fresh. The lizard is a nice start, I hope they will continue to bring NEW villains in the next movies. Leave GG alone for a while and bring us the likes of Kraven, Mysterio etc... Plenty to choose from.. I won't be sold on this movie until I see spidey swinging and wall crawling. I hope this aspect isn't too 'grounded in reality'. C'mon spider-man is not a man swinging on a rope, it's a mutated superhuman moving with spidery reflexes and agility!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Whatever it is, it will be better than 2.5 of the Raimi movies.

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    The origin in SM1 will be hard to beat, but I think it will probably do that too. The people involved in Amazing Spider-Man seem to get the character in a way that Xena and his sister never did.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Once again, they're fucking up the potential big time...

    by John

    Andrew Garfield (who the fuck is he?) looks like an underwhelming ass-clown to me. I'll be hoping Spider-man is murdered by villains knowing this doofus is wearing the suit. Just like Batman they're gonna fuck this up big time by staying true to the shitty comic book source material. Who cares about the fucking origin story? It's not only been done to death but it's lame as hell anyway. Just start out with Spider-man already established, and ffs make him a man, not some angsty pubescent teenager. And don't use any of the gay villains from the comic books - much better to set it in the real world, where Spider-man is the only person who goes around wearing a bizarre suit. Have him fight evil ninjas and monsters and shit, not ridiculous characters like the Green fucking Goblin.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 5:05 a.m. CST

    balaclava

    by Triple_J_72

    Might as well find the old 70's live-action series then. It does have evil ninjas, but no monsters. Or are you just jerking us around? ;-)

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 5:17 a.m. CST

    triple_j_72

    by John

    A bit of both on the jerking issue. Here in Australia they combined some of those live action 70s episodes into a feature length cinematic release and it was the first movie I ever saw at the theatre. Nearly wet my pants I was so excited taking the train with my Mum to go see it. And I remember those ninjas :) I thought it was an awesome fight sequence. I'm afraid to watch it ever again because I'm sure it would look lame.

  • How DOES he make such a fucking elaborate suit!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST

    ISN'T THIS DUDE LIKE ONLY 5 YEARS YOUNGER THAN TOBEY? FAIL.

    by Darth Busey

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Balaclava: 'have him fight evil ninjas and monsters and shit'

    by workshed

    You obviously wear a balaclava to hide your blushes of embarrassment. Why would you want 'monsters and shit'..? So you could whine about the shiddy cgi? To all the naysayers - Garfield is a fine actor and Marc Webb will nail this. Also, you'll never hear me bitch about the Raimi Spidey films... that's because I'm saving up my finest batch of vindictive bile for the Evil Dead remake.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    RE: Evil Ninjas

    by Gene Cowan

    I'm onboard for that. In fact, this movie probably shouldn't even have Uncle Ben or Aunt May, either. Or spiders. Cuz those things are gross.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    workshed

    by John

    The origins have been done in the comics and in the Raimi films, so I want to see something completely new and different that features the Spider-man character, but jettisons the entire backstory. No interest in Peter Parker, or his family or any of that stuff. I'd re-imagine it in the real world with this mysterious crimefighting figure that the media likens to fictional superheroes like Superman and Batman (in this reality the Spider-man comic book character never existed). Let's not see Spider-man without his mask for the entire movie. He's not Peter Parker, we don't know who he is or where he came from (the audience can individually fill in all those boring blanks however they like). Remember in Raiders of the Lost Ark when Indy is driving the truck carrying the Ark and the Nazi swings open the driver's door and shoots Indy in the arm, splattering blood over the windscreen? That's the level of intensity I want to see here. I want to see Spider-man get shot, and bleed, and be in real pain and danger, and either fight ninjas or soldiers or some supernatural creature like the Michigan Dogman or the Mothman or some escaped hybrid mutant from an Area 51-esque underground military installation. Spare the protracted setup, just parachute Spider-man into an intense situation and have him save people and fight something that is stronger, more intelligent or outnumbers him on a massive scale. And have him torn to shreds, defeated and half dead by the end of it. He survives but that's it. Whatever he did battle with defeated him and still lurks in the city. Cue episode 2.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Spider-man should essentially just be...

    by John

    ...a normal man with mechanical webshooters, the ability to climb walls, and the agility of a Parkour practitioner, and that's it.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    and i only just found out

    by JAMF

    the new ultimate spidey is black. so glad i dont read that shit. thats as bad as whiny emo-spidey.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I like Garfield, but the suit is still killing me

    by skycrapper

    Stick with the classic duds man! So unnecessary to change the design.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I don't wanna see a movie...

    by John

    ...about a lithe teenage boy in a skintight rubber costume.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Gimme a movie...

    by John

    ...about a man in a skintight rubber costume!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Garfield is the same age as Maguire in Spider-man 1.

    by Nerd Rage

    You say you want teenagers playing Peter Parker but how many oscar caliber teenage actors are there who look like Parker should look.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Hey Garfield, I don't care if you liked Spider-man as a kid

    by Nerd Rage

    You might as well point out you were a fan of play-doh when you were five. The real question is do you have a more sophisticated, adult appreciation of the character. I find it condescending as fuck when adult fans are told, "yeah I liked that shit when I was six". Anyways I think you're perfect for Peter Parker and can't wait for the movie.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Eh.

    by Cruizer Dave

    I agree. Who cares if you liked it as a kid? Everyone did! Lets see if you and your director can do a good job with it.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    he was good in NEVER LET ME GO

    by Spandau Belly

    But there's no way I'm seeing another movie re-telling Spiderman's origins and there's no way I'm seeing another movie made by the douche who made 500 DAYS OF SUMMER.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    how many suit incarnations has there been?

    by Dolph

    "messing with the suit" - give me a break!

  • It'll make money, but I don't see how Sony is going to be able to sell it as nearly the spectacle the Raimi films were. They were first, and they had so much color and light to them, and of course they had much bigger names on screen as well. This one? Darker, emo-er, no known faces on screen, a villain that isn't going to say much to the uninitiated. Marketing/box-office-wise, it will be the X-Men:First Class to Raimi's original X-trilogy. I doubt it will be as refreshing as XMFC, but it's the same sort of drop in pizazz.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    The Japanese '70s live-action Spider-Man show had monsters

    by rev_skarekroe

    Also, Spidey had his own personal Transformer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ax57iXydA8&feature=related

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    And hey, marvel.com has entire episodes of it

    by rev_skarekroe

    They should just release this theatrically. http://marvel.com/videos/watch/563/japanese_spiderman_episode_01

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Ridiculous Abecrombie & Fitch bouffant hairdo? Check!

    by mastermold

    Fail.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    kevred, I basically agree

    by Blanket-Man

    Has a mega-hit movie ever been basically "remade" less than 10 years after it was released? I'm assuming not. Why bother with the origin story AGAIN. OK, it's the best origin story in comics (don't try to argue - you can't - it just is), but everyone knows the story, up/down and left/right, by now! Even though I'm starting to warm up to this Garfield fella, I fear ASM will be buried under THE AVENGERS and DARK KNIGHT RISES next summer.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Emma Stone is the best young actress around these days

    by SmokingRobot

    And always worth watching. I'll catch this flick just because she's in it.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Emma Stone

    by Fart Magnus

    The only thing I know about her is that Ralph Garman seems to have an EXTREMELY unhealthy and unnaturally strong liking for her! Oh and let's hope they kill less stunt people making this film than Turn Off The Dark(Still a STUPID title!!!)has on Broadway!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    blanket-man

    by TheWacoKid

    I agree. This movie looks okay, but seems completely unnecessary. Andrew Garfield is great, but at least in my mind, it gets completely swallowed up by The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Spider-Man is cool. But Bra

    by BlueLando

  • I nominate Death Boy. http://www.deathboycomic.co.uk

  • A Hulk Lizard has made me hate this film. I'm even more pissed because Sony has green lit the sequel already... PLEASE BOMB. Oh God I hate this Ultimate/Twilight shit they are doing. The fact that people are falling for it is even more annoying. Even as they released the horrible suit... The fact they were doing the origin story... AGAIN! I looked past all of that and stayed excited... But then when they Hulked out The Lizard... Fuck you. Fuck that hack making it. Fuck these ass holes who basically want Spider-man to be MTV's "Teen Wolf". Fuck teen girls they have their own movies and shows, Spider-man was one of my fav characters. Making it more understadable to the Twilight crowd annoys me deeply. So fuck this movie...

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    At least he has fun with his powers in this.

    by drewlicious

    That element can be sorely lacking in many superhero films. I think most people would screw around or at least free themselve up a bit when the time to cut loose comes up. Even "Captain America", which I liked, could have used a scene or two of Steve Rogers screwing around with his newfound strength. I'd at least test the limits to see where my superstrength ends, like lifting a jeep or something. Green Lantern didn't even seem to like his powers.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    New suit is all about the toys, people

    by BenBraddock

    Believe it!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    drewlicious

    by BlueLando

    You're kidding, right? He didn't like the responsibility, but the power itself? Hal was crazy in love with that.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    well, I'm plenty excited about it

    by drave117

    Spider-man was the first comic book I ever fell in love with, and I'm just happy they are making Spider-man movies at all. I don't care if they are reboots, prequels, sequels, or What If stories. All I want is good Spider-man movies. This one looks a little dark to me, but after the numerous positive reports of wisecracking footage from Comic-Con, I'm feeling pretty optimistic. I say stop hatin' and wait for the damned movie to come out. I've never been disappointed with Garfield, no matter how small the role. He was even great as that one homeless kid in the "Daleks in Manhattan" episode of Doctor Who. Give the guy a chance.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    balaclava.....

    by misterfurly

    you sir are an idiot-you want spidey to have no powers and climb shit with normal human strength? i hope your like ten years old or something ...jesus. ""parachute spider man in to fight escaped area 51 aliens??? have you read a spider man comic in your life? doesnt sound like it. leave the realms of geek man, you no jack shit about spider man

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    aaand

    by misterfurly

    garfield will be good and hopefully erase tobey's half retarded take on the character and raimi's campy bullshit

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    He sounds genuine enough

    by ATARI

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    TOM FELTON to play YOUNG ELECTRO.

    by Tigger Tales

    I can see it now

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    British Comicbook Characters

    by batfunk

    @bluelando, Britain has the iconic Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, V For Vendetta, Miracleman, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and a wealth of other characters from 2000AD and Warrior magazines. Sadly, Hollywood is systematically making s**t adaptions of them all! Ask the question, "what would their creator think", before pillaging decent pieces of comic art.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Re: Marvel etc.

    by batfunk

    I couldn't support any major comic publisher who steals away their creators' rights and whores out their vision.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    He obviously cares about his work...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...so it's hard to muster up any hate on Garfield, despite my 'meh' feeling about the new Spidey movie. There's no doubt that the guy's also a good actor; Never Let Me Go was a great acting piece. The problem he, Webb and the studio will have is the age thing. Unless they decide to shoot these Spidey movies back to back, Garfield will quickly start looking his age. He's already, what, in his early 30's? Once you hit 35, it starts to show, and then you're the cast of the film version of Grease playing teenagers.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Steve Ditko

    by batfunk

    Btw, does Steve Ditko make anything out of the Spiderman films? People talk about this as if Sony is somehow denying Marvel ownership, when Marvel shafted everyone who ever worked for them. Did Kirby's estate get anything from Captain America or Fantastic Four???

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    perfect casting..he looks great...he can pull of teenager easily

    by FleshMachine

    yep

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Death Boy?

    by Roger Moon

    no

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    what else is he going to say? Sony pays his bills.

    by abe

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Fuck this movie

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    The suit really sucks. It's a low budget SPIDER MAN movie. Really? You had a multi billion dollar franchise and slashed the budget by 1/3? No one wants to see the fucking origin story again. Nobody. The Lizard is going to look fucking rediculous and cheesy, it's a giant CG monster on a low budget. Ha. Bombs away. Oh I almost forgot to mention, the ONLY reason they made this film, and the reason they gutted the budget, is because they need to produce a Spidey film to retain the rights. This movie should not exist, any respectable Spiderman fan should shit on its face!

  • Rami's S.M. 1 & 2 still rank pretty high on my 'best Super Hero movie' list. Part 3 was bloated, which is always the curse of success. All this rubbish of a 'gritty' and more 'realistic' approach annoy's me. Peter Parker gets bitten by a radioactive/mutant/bio-engineered/whatever Spider. Afterwhich he somehow develops spider powers, climbs walls, superstrong superfast, makes his web shooters in this movie, makes a bright red and blue costume and swings through Manhatten. His nemisis in this movie will be a one armed mad scientist that turns himself into a giant fucking lizard. I wait with interest how they weave 'realism' into that. The clock is ticking down on the life span of superhero movies quickly for Sony to be messing about with yet another origin story, the audience needs something more each time they see this kind of movie, going backward isn't the best idea. The Avengers will have a new storyline with characters already popular, TDKR will have the world and their brother going to see it, Spider Man will have to bring something special to compete if it's just going to re heat an origin story that's already been very well done.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Will not be seeing this...there's no point.

    by wcolbert

    Rebooting what I thought was a perfectly fine series only a few years removed from the last entry in the series...yeah...not exactly inspiring me to put down my $12 for a ticket. I wouldn't want to watch it if it were free, frankly, because it's an insult. It's an insult to the ability of every one of us to discern a meaningless jaunt through over-trodden territory when we see one. "Oh, they paid big money to see the first 3...so we'll start that wheel spinning again and hopefully syphon off some more!". ..I'd rather see a Robin origin movie than another pointless reboot. Hell, give me Aquaman. Apache Chief. Stallone as an older bruce wayne. The origin story of Wonder Woman's magical, self-cleaning tampon. I don't care. Anything but a pathetic attempt to keep the wheel rolling. They haven't even come close to tapping out viable comic book property for origin stories, anyway- why Spiderman, again? Why start back in high school, all over again, when it took us the better part of a decade to move AWAY from that era of Parker's story? Do they think that in 8 or so years that we've forgotten and are blank slates, ready for the next loaf to be shoved up our butts? If they make a good film, good on them. I won't hold it against them. I just have no interest whatsoever. Wake me up when a reboot comes out that has a tiny, even very tiny, chance of bringing new life to a franchise I love. Like Godzilla 2012. I doubt it, but if Legendary keeps their quality up to par, it might just surprise. Man, I sound all kinds of pissy. Sorry. I just don't understand the motivation behind something being re-done when it's only just been done.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST

    garfield halloween comment

    by Waka_Flocka

    have to say it did seem a bit off, but i used to dress as spidey when i was a kid so it is possible. i dunno how old he is though, im in my mid 20's. spiderman on the fly indeed

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    I can't believe all the bitching.

    by one9deuce

    Who gives a shit if they're re-booting it so soon? Would you want to wait 20 years or something? That's a strange logic. The Raimi movies were mediocre at best. Tobey Maquire is whiny and one-note, he absolutely did not have the ability to play wise-cracking Spider-Man properly. He's devoid of charisma. And the main reason everyone thinks that 3 sucks so bad is because it just rehashes the same exact plot of 1 and 2 but for a third time. And that tired plot sucks: Mary Jane gets kidnapped by villain yet again. Spider-Man saves her yet again while finding out that villain is really a nice guy but was forced into being a bad guy, again. Andrew Garfield is ridiculously talented. He'll probably be nominated someday. Emma Stone is also very talented. Right there with just the two leads the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is already better than the other films. But Mark Webb is excellent with character, the SFX will be realistic, and the screenplay/story will be better. And a sequel will eventually have a proper Green Goblin, not a beyond ridiculous Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    "Outside of a great supporting turn...

    by TheMcflyFarm

    in The Social Network he's all but unknown to American audiences." Translation: Outside of a great supporting turn in a movie seen by millions of Americans he's all but unknown to American audiences. Ah doesn't quite make sense when you put it that way does it?

  • Think about how Alfonso Cuaron found the right tone for the Harry Potter movies or how James Bond kept the same tone for the longest time once the right tone wass found.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST

    well said one9duece

    by Nerd Rage

    My feeling exactly.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Raimi fans = biggest spoiled crybabbies on the planet

    by Nerd Rage

    waah we only got three movies waaah I want the same shit even though Raimi lost his touch waaah who cares about spider-man fans who want better than the Raimi flicks, I want my fourth movie waaah

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Nicholas Hammond was the best Spidey

    by Gorgomel

    here's the proof : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8aQvCEn3JU

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Quint, I know you're trying to sound cool and all but

    by seasider

    do you really have to say stuff like "hey man" to your interviewees all the time? These aren't people who you just bumped into on the street or folks you casually see every day. I cringed whenever you said that to Spielberg in your interview with him. Not that I thought you should call him sir or your highness but you get the idea.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Should've waited 10 yrs for reboot or waited and done Spidey 4

    by sunwukong86

    The only reason rebooting Batman worked so well is that at the time it had been 10 years since Batman and Robin. It's barely been 5 years since Spiderman 3.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Batman was rebooted after 8 years.

    by Nerd Rage

    Getting rebooted 3 years earlier ain't gonna kill anyone. Not if you truly like Spider-man.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    yes fuck this movie

    by Rupee88

    but too bad the dumbass geeks out there will pay money to reward this film. The smart geeks are too outnumbered by the dumb motherfucker geeks who pay to see anything and make sure that we get more shit shoveled at us. Thanks gusy!

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Dumb geeks paid to see Spider-man 3

    by Nerd Rage

    Smart geeks will pay to see Amazing Spider-man.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Spidey Trailer

    by Henry Fool

    I wasn't impressed with the first teaser trailer from "The Amazing Spiderman". But I love Garfield's work in "Red Riding" and "The Social Network". He's a good fit for the part, although none of the clips of him in the trailer suggests the depth Toby achieved in Spiderman 2.<br /> <br /> His casting as Peter Parker is somewhat ironic. He was, after all, one of the last actors to work with Heath Ledger (on Dr. Parnassus). Heath turned down the role of Peter Parker before it went to Toby (who, I think, most agree was the better choice).

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Norman Bates

    by CuervoJones

    This kid looks like Anthony Perkins.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    The Raimi movies were shit

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Hopefully this will be more to my liking. The Raimi movies were just bad teen drama TV movies. Ugh.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    the depth Toby achieved in Spiderman 2.

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha. henry fool living up to his name I see.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    nerd rage

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    I did pay to see SM3 and I will pay to see ASM. What does that make me?

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Sounds intetesting NT

    by Craig2574

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Sounds intetesting NT

    by Craig2574

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Sounds intetesting

    by Craig2574

    I will check it out

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Sounds intetesting

    by Craig2574

    I will check it out

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    hey Garf- matt Stone wants his look back.

    by zom-bot.com

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001778/

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Garfield will do Spidey justice. Unlike Tobey "Commander Data" Maguire.

    by Onin Solstice

    No go back and fix that Lizard-Hulk garbage and we may have a movie here.

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Your new Gwen Stacey putting her best foot forward...

    by wacko3205

    Your new Gwen Stacey putting her best foot forward & rocking her best impression of Stephen Hawking!!! http://www.thelonelyisland.com/video/i-broke-my-arm

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Emma Stone is hot. Shame her character is doomed.

    by zooch

    Meanwhile Kirsten Dunst never died.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    There's That Shitty Costume Again

    by THX1968

    At least that's something I can complain about because I've actually seen it. Quint sees one single solitary clip of Garfield Spidey cracking wise and officially heralds him as the second coming. The webshooter argument has completely gotten on my nerves as well. When this movie comes out, there is going to be PLENTY OF THINGS TO BITCH ABOUT. Yes, I'm yelling at you all. After Garfield Spidey hits, you won't be praising webshooters and wisecracks. Hoo boy, no you will not. You like tearing into the Raimi movies, then you're gonna love tearing into the Webb flick.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    The Younguns Want This One, But Fuck It

    by THX1968

    I tell you that the only people that are hot for this Spidey flick are the teeny boppers and AICN "reporters" and "critics". The Raimi flicks nailed, and I mean absolutely nailed, the Spidey I grew up with. The Spidey I grew up with was the 60's and 70's Spidey. Ditko, Romita, Andru, Kane, and of course, Lee. I had the original cartoon and a pretty bad live action TV show, but I loved that live action TV show regardless. The Raimi movies were motivated by one thing - the classic Amazing Spider-Man. This new piece of shit is motivated by the Ultimates, and Twilight, and a licensing deadline. You younguns go and grab yourselves a handful of old Marvel Tales from back in the day. That's Spider-Man. Even Marvel has been trying to restore Spidey to his glory days ever since the Clone debacle. But they made Spidey an Avenger... and now he's in the Fantastic Four too. Stupid.