With reporting by Josh Horowitz.
When Sony first announced plans to reboot "Spider-Man" after the first franchise ended back in 2007, fans were skeptical -- and despite how perfectly cast Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its sequel never quite caught on the same way that those first movies did.
Now, of course, Garfield's Parker is out and a brand new Spider-Man is on the way thanks to a deal between Marvel and Sony. But as "Amazing Spider-Man" director Marc Webb told MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con while promoting his new TV show "Limitless," he still stands by his version of the friendly neighborhood web-slinger.
"Those films were my own films," Webb said. "They were very personal. A lot of people put a lot of effort into them -- and Andrew and Emma and I, the producers worked very hard on them... it was a really rewarding experience in many ways."
Complicating things further were the infamous Sony hacks of last December, which were "very difficult to navigate."
"The reality is I don't know a lot of what went on," Webb added. "I had heard that it was gonna go back to Marvel and that made me curious to see what was going to unfold."
So would Marc Webb ever return to the franchise life? "Who knows? Never say never." Good to hear we haven't scared him away from the big movies! See the rest of his thoughts on the new cast and crew, above.
"Limitless" premieres on CBS on September 22.