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Report: First Look At 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Footage Brings The Action Plus Marc Webb Talks Villains, VFX & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 19, 2014 6:30 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Today in New York, we were treated to a sampling of footage from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," this summer's hotly anticipated super-sequel, complete with a Q&A afterwards with director Marc Webb. While the showcase of footage might seem unnecessary and redundant given the amount of trailers (the final one dropped today), clips, and other miscellanea that Sony has been unleashing, in a steady torrent, since last year, it was nice to see three sequences, mostly uninterrupted, that totaled 35 minutes of screen time. Conservatively, we've now seen a quarter of the movie, so we have a much better idea of what "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" has in store. Coupled with Webb's comments, this movie seems bigger and, thankfully, much better than it's predecessor. Those wishing to avoid spoilers are advised to sashay away now. Those who want a peek behind the web, please stick around.

Watch: Final Trailer For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Spins A Web For The Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 9:20 AM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
While you might still be miffed that "The Amazing Spider-Man" told the origin story you already knew, director Marc Webb admits to Rolling Stone he actually turned down a script for the first movie that ditched it altogether. "It was different. It still had the Lizard in it, but it was a script that jumped ahead in time and relied on knowledge of the comic books that I don't think everyone had," he explained to the magazine. "Tonally, it was a little more tongue-in-cheek and glib, and I didn't feel the emotional connection. I just didn't know how else to develop that bond than with an origin story. I feel like it pays off in this movie, because now Andrew Garfield embodies Peter Parker."

Marc Webb Won't Direct 'Spider-Man 4,' James Mangold To Shoot ‘Wolverine 2’ After ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 17, 2014 9:24 AM
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Were it not for the encouragement of Sony chief Amy Pascal, Marc Webb revealed at SXSW last week, “The Amazing Spider-Man” and its upcoming two sequels would’ve passed right by the “(500) Days of Summer” director’s path as “the stupidest thing” he’d ever heard. As vibrant a studio playground as the Marvel franchise has been for Webb the last few years, we’ve been eager to see what he can do outside it, and now it appears he’s been having similar thoughts.

Marc Webb Originally Didn’t Want To Make ‘Amazing Spider-Man,’ Addresses Villain Overkill Concerns For The Sequel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2014 4:02 PM
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SXSW: In the vaults from indie-filmmaker to tentpole blockbusting director, Marc Webb took one of the biggest jumps in recent memory. He started his feature-length filmmaking career with 2009’s inventive and quirky “(500) Days Of Summer” and then made the quantum leap to “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Marc Webb To Direct Non-'Spider-Man' Spy Flick, Andrzej Wajda Preps Biopic & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 4:39 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
At one time, Marc Webb was the guy who directed some music videos and the charming rom-com "(500) Days Of Summer." And the next thing he knew, he was caught in the web of "The Amazing Spider-Man," directing two films of the franchise so far, and recently confirmed for the third. But it looks like he's getting an exit strategy together.

Sony Head Amy Pascal Promises 'Spider-Man' Movies "Every Year," Marc Webb To Helm 'Amazing Spider-Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2014 1:59 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Outside of "The Amazing Spider-Man," Sony doesn't have much in the way of live action franchises, and that could be a problem. “It’s creative entropy, and I think there’s been too much of a reliance on ‘Spider-Man.’ They need some other things to build out,” media analyst Harold Vogel has opined. But Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal believes in Spidey, so much so that she's planning to spin a bigger web around the superhero.

Watch: Three Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 17, 2014 2:58 PM
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Was it weird that Sony took down the recent “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” trailer? It was kind of spoilery, but then again, it featured much of the same footage as the recent Superbowl spot. A conspiracy afoot, much like the one hinted at in Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man sequel?

10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 13, 2013 3:06 PM
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10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers
Many years ago, The Playlist started off as a blog dedicated to soundtracks, scores, music movies and the rest of the middle part of the Venn diagram where the worlds of music and film collided. Though we’ve evolved since then, that overlap is still something close to our hearts. One way those worlds are inextricably interlinked is in the number of directors who come from a music video background to work in features, and with most of us being that precise age that we can still remember the first heyday of the music video, it never ceases to surprise us how many of the promos we remember best were shot by filmmakers we now associate primarily with features. Arguably the form is experiencing something of a renaissance in relevance these days, not just via YouTube, but also with high-profile bands like Arcade Fire embracing and expanding their music videos’ artistic potential, even while the Robin Thickes of the world grab some extra headlines with risque or provocative content.

Sarah Gadon Reveals 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Role, Marc Webb Teases Sinister Six But Doesn't Know About Shailene Woodley's Return

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 26, 2013 11:43 AM
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It seems that every day since it was announced, Marc Webb's “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has walked a line between misdirection and simple confusion as to which elements to keep. The excision of Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson character was just the latest example, and while Felicity Jones faced rumors that she's playing the Black Cat, it turns out it might be Lily Hollister/Menace instead. But today, another actress has in fact clarified her role in the film, and Webb has hinted at a notorious group's presence in future installments.

Director Marc Webb Teases Some Kind Of Team Dynamic For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 4'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 24, 2013 9:50 PM
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So this is going to be the new "thing" for superhero movies now? One isn't enough, so hot on the heels of Joss Whedon's $1 billion-grossing "The Avengers," and whatever Zack Snyder's Batman/Superman team-up movie is going to be called, director Marc Webb, while talking up next summer's 3D web-slinging adventure "Amazing Spider-Man 2," teased that the fourth film (yes, the fourth) in the franchise might be some kind of team-up movie. "It might not just be a Spider-Man movie," Webb told Crave Online. If it's not just a "Spider-Man" movie could we hope that it's also a "Star Trek" movie? Or maybe "Resident Evil?" Just so we can kill two franchise birds with one stone? At the very least it'd make the summer of 2018 go by a little quicker.

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