There are bound to be plenty of allegories in “The Amazing Spider-Man” when it hits theaters in July, but the one that we weren’t expecting to hear about is the comparison between Spider-Man and Internet trolls. Apparently that’s part of what we’ll be seeing once Spider-Man dons his iconic outfit, according to Andrew Garfield.
“You feel the power of it, the power of not being seen, the power of the mask. Peter becomes witty when he’ got that protective layer. It’s like he’s on a message board,” Garfield said in a new interview with SFX magazine. “He’s got the anonymity of the Internet within that suit, and he can say whatever the hell he likes, and he can get away with anything. He can f— with people and there’s no consequences because nobody knows who the hell he is. We all know how powerful and potentially dangerous that anonymity is.”
The interview also included some nuggets of information revealed by producer Matt Tolmach, who talked about the decision-making process that went in to crafting the Lizard. Before you get your panties in a bunch over the fact that “The Amazing Spider-Man’s” the Lizard ditches the tried-and-true “croc-in-a-lab-coat visual,” Tolmach explained that they felt it was better to try to ground the more unbelievable elements of the film in reality instead of sticking straight to the comic book.
And — not that many people were complaining when Dr. Curt Connors was announced as the villain in “Spider-Man” — he also went on to justify why he and director Marc Webb decided that the Lizard was the right baddie for their film.
“Choosing the villain is always a huge conversation,” shares Tolmach. “The cool thing about Spider-Man villains is that they’re not just villains – they usually play a bigger dramatic role. In this case Peter has a very powerful relationship with Connors. There’s a connection between Connors and Peter’s past. There’s something there that you’ve never seen before, and there’s also a sense in which there are two paths you can go down – the path of the hero or the path of the weaker man.”
He continued, “We made a real concerted effort to tell a different story. And this is a villain that serves the story we’re telling about, ’Who am I? Where did I come from?’ There are thematic reasons why Curt Connors is the right villain for this movie. Sometimes a movie is made or broken by its villain, and a great villain is somebody who is as inextricably tied into the story as the lead. They are often the personification of the thing that the lead is trying to overcome. And that’s what this is.”
“The Amazing Spider-Man” hits theaters July 3.
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