The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in the States on May 2nd, after premiering worldwide on April 16th.
In the new movie, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) is having fun swinging between skyscrapers, embracing his life as a superhero, and spending time with his girlfriend, Gwen (Emma Stone). But soon his world will crash, when he is forced to face a villain more powerful than he, named Electro (Jamie Foxx).
The cast met with journalists in New York, where the entire movie was shot, to talk about the franchise.
With all the backlog of material, over 50 years of comic books, do you ever go through the script and say, ‘Oh, this is so not Peter Parker’?
Andrew: The great thing about this experience is, yes, we have 50 odd years of support and foundation underneath us, as we walk onto the set. There’s wisdom that we can draw upon at any moment.
The challenge, of course, is reinventing it in a way that is true to what Stan the man (Lee) intended all those years ago, and also [make it] for the culture where we are right now. Somehow we have to walk that line, and there are themes in this film that are very pertinent now.
Is it harder to play Peter Parker or Spider-Man?
Andrew: It’s hard to be Peter Parker, but it’s great to be Spider-Man. As Peter Parker, he has all of the same problems what we all have – girl problems, money problems. But when he puts on the suit, it’s a massive release.
He can breathe. Spider-Man always knows the right thing to do – he’s a vessel for good, heroic energy and saving people. He takes joy and pleasure in it, and a playfulness comes out of him.
What’s it like to work with Andrew on the Spider-Man movies?
Emma: Before we shot the first movie, I hadn’t seem much of his work. Now I know: he’s capable of so much. It’s an honor to work with an actor like that.
I learn so much by working with him – he’s incredibly prepared, meticulous, and really brave, all at the same time.
He’s able to bring so much depth to the character.
Peter Parker says that Gwen is complicated. What is your opinion of him, saving the world every day can be complicated.
Emma: Absolutely. I think part of Gwen’s history, and the reason she understands Peter so well, is her father was always heroic. Even though he died in his line of duty, she has always understood having a hero as her male figure in her life.
Gwen is the perfect person for Peter, if Peter could only get his head straight (she laughs). She’s so clear, she has so much wisdom about her, especially in this new installment.
She has gotten past the death of her father, and as anybody does when they have recently lost someone, you have a much greater awareness of your mortality and how fleeting everything is.
So Gwen is all about time and the timing of things, and she’s very clear on what she wants. She wants to be with Peter, and I think it’s really conflicting for Peter because he has obviously made a promise to her father who is not there to speak for himself anymore.
Can you compare this movie to the first one?
Andrew: That’s a loaded question, and it’s hard not to give a loaded answer.
I think Marc (Webb, the movies’ director) started us off in a really great place, and I think we now all feel ownership over this new chapter that we are embarked upon, whereas in the first installment we had to establish ourselves.
But now we have the freedom to own the characters and explore and expand the characters and expand the relationships. That’s a huge step for us in this franchise.