WonderCon is going on this weekend, with lots of movie studios anxious to build their business. ComingSoon did a live blog of Sony’s panel, with representatives there to talk about “Resident Evil: Retribution,” “Looper,” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
I mostly concentrated on “The Amazing Spider-Man” panel, as that’s the movie with the biggest interest. Director Marc Webb was asked what would make his version of the story different, and he said he wanted to play up the emotional trauma Peter would have gone through from losing his parents. Like Batman, I guess. He said he asked Stan Lee why so many superheroes have tragic relationships with their parents. Lee said, “I just needed to get him out of the house!” Good old, practical Stan Lee. Webb also said that he wanted to focus on the adversarial relationship between Spider-Man and the police because he thought good vs. good was more interesting than good vs. evil. It all depends on who’s doing the telling.
Emma Stone came and spoke about her character. She was asked (again) what made Gwen Stacey different than Mary Jane Watson. She said what she’s been saying each time she is asked this: Mary Jane falls in love with Spider-Man while Gwen falls in love with Peter. This would be a lovely reply except that the first Raimi Spider-Man movie ends with Mary Jane confessing to Peter that she’s in love with him. So yeah, that doesn’t make sense to me.
“Resident Evil: Retribution” opens in 3D and 2D theaters on September 14. “Looper” opens on September 28th. “The Amazing Spider-Man” opens in 3D, 2D theaters and IMAX 3D theaters on July 3.