"The Amazing Spider-Man" hits theaters one week from today, and it seems like a guaranteed hit. But even with success (and a big opening weekend) in his grasp, director Marc Webb isn't sure that he'd want to be back for a go at the already-greenlit sequel.
"I don't know. You know, I want to finish this up and go to a beach and think about the future," he said in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. "People ask about the sequel and I'm like, 'Well, you know, I don't know if I want to do that, but I love the process.' I love Andrew and Emma. But it's like asking someone who has just given birth, 'Do you want to get pregnant again?'"
That sounds like Webb needs space from the franchise more than anything else. I'd be very, very surprised to see him leave the series after "Amazing." Sure, he might direct something else in the meantime, but I have a gut feeling he'll be back in the end.
The rest of the HuffPo interview covers some interesting topics, including the fact that J.K. Simmons' awesome performance as J. Jonah Jameson turned Webb off to having the character in "The Amazing Spider-Man" and the decision to turn Peter Parker into a more reckless character. There's also an intriguing part of the conversation where Webb discusses Gwen Stacy's death in the comic book series.
"I am a huge fan of the Gwen Stacy saga in the comics. I think it's one of the more interesting and controversial storylines -- certainly in Spider-Man and really in all comics. And I think one of the reasons that it was interesting to tell Gwen Stacy is because of that element. But, of course, you need to establish that connection. And we'll see [raising and lowering eyebrows] how that unfolds."
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