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The movie wrapped only three weeks ago, but Sony pulled off a successful panel for The Spider-Man 2 with some considerable panache and showmanship, giving audience a genuine and exclusive first-look while also putting on an entertaining show.
It really was the best way to cap off a long day of presentations at Hall H.
It began with video footage with of Spider-Man trying to get into Hall H, leading into Andrew Garfield, dressed as Spider-Man, entering the cavernous hall. He kept in character as he took to the stage and proceeded to talk of his Spider life. When Jamie Foxx sat next to him, Spider-Man talked of how he loved Django Unchained and Any Given Sunday.
The bit went on for a while but won the audience over and showcased Garfield’s natural presence in front of a crowd.
That led to the exclusive footage with showed Spider-Man’s cockiness, stopping a crime scene involving Paul Giamatti, and most importantly, Foxx as the meek electrician who become the villainous Elektro.
The footage received the loudest applause of any film panel so far this Comic-Con.
Garfield, sans mask, continued his winning ways, being funny but also handling adroitly the social controversy of Spider-Man potentially being gay. (In an interview he said there was no reason why Spider-man could not be with a man.)
A gay fan brought that up and asked the actor if it was hard as an actor to declare a stance like that.
Garfield responded: “Spider-Man stands for everyone: black. white, Asian, gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual.”
He continued by saying that love between two consenting adults is not a social issue.
The panelists which included director Marc Webb, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, as well as actor Dane DeHaan on top of Garfield and Foxx - also had to contend with a fan who worried that the movie would have too many actors and villains and get derailed.
“I don’t want another Spider-Man 3, which was too much,” said the fan.
“There won’t be too much,” responded Webb. He assuaged the attended flock that Giamatti’s part is small and the focus is on Foxx.
“Elektro is an incredibly powerful villain that will sustain the breadth and depth of the film,” he said.
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