The Amazing Spider-Man that released yesterday in India, four days before the US, is garnering rave reviews for the sarcastic, lithe, twitchy and rebellious teen version of the superhero. And, director Marc Webb, who takes the iconic figure back to high school, couldn’t be more happy.
“One of the things in the DNA of Spider-Man is that there are a lot adolescent qualities in him. He’s got flaws. He doesn’t always make the right decisions. He’s a little reckless at times. That sense of adolescence was important to glue into the character so far as what we have seen in the comics,” Webb told us over the phone from Los Angeles.
Webb also made sure actor Andrew Garfield’s version of the webslinger is different from that of Tobey Maguire’s (who earlier played Spidey).
“There is a lot of sarcasm, humour and wit that Andrew carries very well. He is a very talented and emotional actor. He can handle the gravitas of the tragedy of Peter Parker,” said the director.
But did he feel the pressure of taking forward the benchmark set by director Sam Raimi with the Spider-Man trilogy?
“I felt enormous pressure. What Sam and Tobey accomplished is totally spectacular. I’ve tried to be different. It’s been 50 years and still there’s so much to say in your own way about Spider-Man,” he said.