Sony decided to reboot the Spider-Man franchise, bringing in a new director (Marc Webb) and cast.

Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and producer Avi Arad attended a Tokyo press conference this week, answering a host of questions about the direction of the franchise reboot.

To start with, this will be a more romantic take on the web-slinger, according to Avi Arad.

“In our movie, [Peter] finds his true love,” said Arad, when asked how his adventure compares to Sam Raimi’s trilogy. “Gwen Stacy was always the true love of Peter Parker… We found a very, very good story about what makes a human being. About what sets their destiny.”

We also found out some interesting details about the new villain Dr. Connors/’The Lizard’ played by Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.

“We introduce our villain, Dr. Connors,” Arad continued, “and in the great tradition of Marvel, Dr. Connors is going to be connected to Peter Parker and, in our case even more interesting, to Gwen Stacy. Right there, the challenge of having to deal with a villain who is a mentor and the only one who you can look at and say, ‘So what really happened to my dad?’ That’s a very hard person to fight.’

This sounds promising as the villains from Spider-Man 3 were very disappointing especially as fans had high hopes for favourite ‘Venom’.

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone attended the press conference in Tokyo to reveal some plot details.

Leading star Andrew Garfield explained how director Marc Webb’s demands for real action sequences (as opposed to the CGI filled trilogy) pushed him to exhaustion.

‘That was something that Marc, the director, really wanted to make sure happened in this movie to set it apart from previous ones… I would exhaust myself every day and get into near-death experiences every hour on the hour…’

“I collaborated with [the stunt team] not only on the big stunt set-pieces but also on what happens to Peter’s body when he gets bitten. What happens to his DNA and how that affects the way he moves and the way he interacts with objects. The idea that he has spider DNA running in his system. What that will do to his sense of space. What that will do to the sensitivity of his skin. To have an opportunity to play in that forum with creative and talented people was a real opportunity and gift.”

From the sounds of it, we will be seeing a lot more of the actor in the suit rather than the heavily computer generated sequences we are used too. Although it may have been hard for Andrew to swing all over New York.

Emma Stone concluded that there would be no repeat of the famous upside down kiss in the original film. “There is a nice first kiss and it’s different than the upside-down one and we liked it,” she said.

From the sounds of it, this reboot could just be what the franchise needed and with more real life action promised and a very interesting villain in Dr Connors/The Lizard this looks set to be the big hit this summer.

The Amazing Spider-Man is released July 4th 2012, watch the trailer below.


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