Along with touching on the differences between this film and the previous trilogy, they also shared a great story about Sam Raimi’s first meeting with them to discuss what would become the record-breaking 2002 “Spider-Man” movie. We also briefly discussed the sequel to “The Amazing Spider-Man,” as well as the mysterious post-credits scene in the film.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
IFC: When you decide to reboot a franchise like this, where do you start? What’s the first thing you have to consider?
Avi Arad: Well, this particular team was together for 12 years. We started the whole madness with Spider-Man. For me, all my life has been around comics. And we now understand what Peter Parker’s responsibility is to the people around the world who love the character. So what else do we want to know about him? Well, we want to know how he deals with what life deals him. Most important, though, is showing everyone out there watching it that they’re not alone in dealing with these things. You see this kid, Peter Parker? You love him. If you could choose your best friend, you’d want it to be Peter Parker.
Matt Tolmach: There’s another thing which sounds simple, but it’s true: you go back to the comics. When you’re looking for where to go when making a Spider-Man movie, you go back to the comics. This character’s story has been told over and over again, sometimes with more emphasis in one area or another, and sometimes the comics deal with what happened to his parents, and sometimes they deal with things like Gwen Stacy and her genuine love for this boy, Peter Parker, which is different than Mary Jane Watson and that relationship. There’s that question of what happened to this boy, and what made him this person. What we want to do is be faithful to the Peter Parker and Spider-Man story and put a different emphasis on it. This is the origin of Peter Parker, as opposed to the origin of Spider-Man.
You can read the rest of the interview at IFC.com — and if you haven’t seen “The Amazing Spider-Man” yet, do so. It’s… amazing.