Marc Webb initially thought rebooting Spider-Man was crazy

Marc Webb has been speaking about the Amazing Spider-Man franchise at SXSW, revealing that his initial reaction to the idea of rebooting the franchise was one of bemusement!

“It was the stupidest idea I had ever heard,” says Webb. “Amy Pascal brought it up to me and I thought it was crazy. Those movies, which are really sacred to people, weren’t that old.”

“They gave me a script I didn't like, but Amy said, ‘You can't turn down Spider-Man .’ And she was right. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

Turning his attention to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 , Webb attempted to allay fears that the sequel will contain too many villains, confirming that Rhino will only be in the film for four minutes.

“The main villain is Electro,” says Webb. “Every other villain emerges around that. We were careful to make sure the stories entertained. You had to make sure to create obstacles that were difficult to overcome.”

“We wanted to make the physical and emotional obstacles difficult. Rhino is in it for four minutes... when you see the movie, I'm confident.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will open in the UK on 18 April 2014.

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