The neighbourhood hasn’t always been friendly to the Spider-Man reboot but Andrew Garfield insists this version tells a very different story
Andrew Garfield understands the gripes people had about The Amazing Spider-Man. It was released just 10 years after Tobey Maguire first played the web-slinging superhero and Garfield was well aware he had to cover old ground.
But this time around, The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro couldn’t be more different.
Garfield, who visited Australia last month with Emma Stone, his girlfriend (both onscreen and off), says the pair could feel the difference the moment they stepped on the set.
“We felt like ... we’re free, we’re liberated from the origin story and we get to make this whatever movie we want to make it,” he says from Sydney.
“We haven’t seen this SpiderMan story before.”
This time around, SpiderMan is up against The Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and Electro (Jamie Foxx). Oh, and growing up. Stone, who plays SpiderMan’s brainiac squeeze Gwen Stacy, says this flick takes place in those years between 18-20, when you’re constantly changing.
Apart from being interesting to play, it also gave the 25-yearold a nice excuse to relive being a teen.
“I think this is the last gasp of me reliving my teenage years, but I’m happy to have it,” she says, laughing.
One of the big new baddies of Spider-Man 2, is Foxx’s Electro, who starts off as the shy, nerdylooking Max Dillon.
“Often a villain is just a villain ... but the difference between what Jamie’s done with Electro is we feel for him and that is really cool, because you see why he’s become the villain,” Garfield says.
While Foxx is new to the franchise, many players including director Marc Webb returned. Stone says it was a thrill to come back.
“You never really get to work with the same people over and over again in movies at all,” she says.
“You’re just sort of going to different camps for three months at a time and meeting all new friends, and then saying goodbye forever, so it’s horribly emotionally scarring,” she jokes.
“But this was not that way, the scars did not have to heal.
“You just got to open yourself back up again to people that you love so it was really good.”
While it’s up in the air whether Stone’s character will return for a third film, Garfield is definitely on-board.
He says he doesn’t know anything about the fourth instalment which is due for release in 2018.
With at least another few years dedicated to playing Peter Parker, Garfield is proud to be a part of the ride.
Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man