It wasn’t long after Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy ended that Sony Pictures rebooted the franchise with director Marc Webb's 2012 film "The Amazing Spider-Man," starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
Although the film was a critical and commercial success, that enthusiasm cooled with the 2014 sequel, which was initially intended to launch a cinematic universe, complete with spinoffs. The lukewarm response to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" led Sony to radically change plans, teaming with Marvel Studios to introduce a new wall-crawler, played by Tom Holland, in "Captain America: Civil War," ahead of another franchise reboot with the upcoming "Spider-Man: Homecoming."
However, Webb maintains he's proud of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its sequel, saying, "It’s hard for me to think about it, in terms of regrets."
"There are so many things that I’m proud of," he told Collider. "There was an ambition with the second movie, in particular. The idea that it’s a superhero that can’t save everybody is something that I’m really proud of. I’m really proud of the ambition of that because it’s an important message, and I believe in that. I believe in what we were after. They’re really, really difficult movies to make. They’re complex in ways that people don’t fully understand.”
Webb elaborated, explaining, “They weren’t disasters. But in terms of regrets, I don’t think of it in those terms. I felt really, really fortunate to have that opportunity. That’s a whole other long, in-depth conversation that I probably shouldn’t have publicly. I loved everybody involved. I really did. I didn’t have an adversarial relationship with the studio, at all. There were a lot of very smart people. These are just incredibly complicated movies to make. I am proud of them, in many ways, and I stand by them. I’m certainly not a victim, in that situation.”
Although the ending of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" teased the introduction of the Sinister Six, originally envisioned to headline a spinoff, Webb said Sony's Spider-Man brain trust hadn't yet settled on a story or a villain for a sequel.
"We finished the second one and they were working on 'Sinister Six,' so we all took a break," he said. "And then, the Sony hack happened and everything went away. But, that’s the way Hollywood works sometimes.”
Directed by Jon Watts, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. The film arrives July 7.