March 17, 2014 4:22pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Marc Webb to Step Down as 'Spider-Man' Director After Next Film
Sony already has announced a release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 4, but director Marc Webb won’t be the man in charge. In a new interview, he talks about his future with the franchise and what to expect from this summer’s second installment.
“I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to [producers] about it,” Webb told the Daily Beast about Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man series of movies post 2016’s third feature. “In terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be time to find something else.”
Webb’s second Amazing Spider-Man is “about Peter and Gwen,” he said, explaining that cutting Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane Watson from the movie entirely came from the feeling that including her “felt wrong” on some level. “She was really cool about it and understood it,” he said, adding that Woodley “actually suggested it in some ways.”
While MJ won’t appear in the movie, another refugee from the Sam Raimi era will: Harry Osborn. This Harry, however, won’t be like the one that appeared in Raimi’s trilogy. “James Franco is a very intelligent man, but his Harry Osborne was a little bit dopey,” Webb explained. “This Harry Osborne is incredibly sharp.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released May 2