This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly is available now and there is a lot more to explore other than the new images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The ten page cover story features new information about Spider-Man’s suit and interviews with director Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone and the movie’s producers. Here are the most interesting bits of news to come out of Entertainment Weekly:
Spider-Man’s main villain is Electro, who has an accident at Oscorp and is able to manipulate electricity. Peter Parker will once again be exploring the mystery of his parent’s death and will form a close (but complicated) relationship with Norman and Harry Osborn. Secondary villain Rhino will also be a problem for Spider-Man.
The New Suit
Spider-Man has a new suit in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The reason for the change? “The truth is we heard the world”, producer Avi Arad said. A team of almost 20 people redesigned the new Spidey costume. 45 were made in total for the 100 day shoot. A belt was added, so that it’s more faithful to the classic Spider-Man look and the shades of red and blue were made darker. Most interestingly is the fact that Spider-Man now has a MP3 player built into his mask, which he can control through his web-shooters.
Mary Jane Watson
Shailene Woodley’s role as Mary Jane was cut because there was “too much story”, according to producer Avi Arad. No one would tell Entertainment Weekly if Woodley would be returning as MJ in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. “We just finished! We need to go lie down for five minutes” is all producer Matt Tolmach would say when asked. Sounds to me like Woodley is getting recast. Let me know your take in the comments below.
Jamie Foxx said that it took two hours in the make-up chair each day to transform himself into Electro. In the new photos (in the gallery below) you can see a device attached to the side of his head. Entertainment Weekly explains that this is a “voltometer”, and it was digitally added in post-production.
Gwen Stacy’s Fate
We all know what happens to Gwen Stacy in the comics, but will we see that on screen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? “You don’t want to make those kinds of assumptions”, Marc Webb warned. “We’re honoring the canon in a lot of ways, and in some ways we diverge from it.
A Gay Spider-Man
Andrew Garfield had a philosophical discussion with producer Matt Tolmach about Mary Jane. “I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” he tells EW. “And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking!…So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”
Garfield even has an actor in mind: “I’ve been obsessed with Michael B. Jordan since The Wire. He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better—we’d have interracial bisexuality!”
So there you have it, that sums up the new info from Entertainment Weekly. Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below, and stay tuned to Spider-Man News… I expect a teaser trailer to hit late next week. And if you missed the post from earlier today, here are the 8 new photos from the magazine: