I have to say, while I’m still very much on the fence about the Spider-Man reboot… or whatever the fuck it is, the talent attached to it is solid. Marc Webb did an outstanding job with (500) Days Of Summer, and while I’m not sold on him directing a superhero movie, he’s still OK in my book. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Andrew Garfield, who will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man. And I know that after Zombieland and Easy A, we all love Emma Stone, who will portray Parker’s love interest, Gwen Stacy.
Sayeth Mr. Webb:
“The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man, but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl. Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles, but also make them their own. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde.”
Mind = Blown.
So, we’ve got ourselves a bit of a curveball here. Like pretty much everyone else, I figured Stone was a natural lock for the part of Mary Jane Watson, the love of Peter’s life who would eventually become his wife in the comics (the events of One More Day and everything after never happened, in my book, and it’s why I’ve officially given up on Spider-Man comics outside of the Ultimate universe). Making Gwen Stacy the lead is an unusual choice, mainly because, well, she dies in the comics (and it’s going to muck up the continuity of the existing films even more).
The whole thing is a bizarre mess. Are they disregarding Raimi’s films wholesale? Is this an honest-to-goodness reboot, that will pretend that the three films, all of which are less than 10 years old, never existed?
And finally — Emma Stone is actually a blonde?
Seriously. What the fuck?