While at an Amazing Spider-Man press conference in Tokyo, stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach fielded questions about their film, which opens on July 3. Several questions revolved around what sets this Marc Webb-directed reboot apart from Sam Raimi’s previous trilogy.
Highlights include Arad characterization of Gwen Stacy as Peter Parker’s “true love,” Webb’s love of practical effects, and Garfield’s thoughts on how the introduction of spider DNA into his character’s system would change the way he sees and interacts with the world. There was also talk of the film’s villain Dr. Curt Connors (played by Rhys Ifans), who eventually becomes The Lizard.
“We introduce our villain, Dr. Connors, 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,” Arad said. “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.”
Watch the entire conference below: