Or not so amazing, depending on how you look at it. Marc Webb’s reboot of the popular webslinger lost a bit of mystique thanks to one of its actors. C. Thomas Howell, who has a small role in the film, discussed The Amazing Spider-Man on the Retro Radio Podcast, and /Film noticed he spilled the beans on the film’s major villain, who as many expected, will be the Lizard.
The choice of the Lizard still seems odd to me, considering the original Spider-Man trilogy bothered to lay the groundwork for Peter Parker’s professor to turn into the Lizard in a future movie, but never got there. Now, he’s finally appearing in a film, but without the set-up they took the time to make.
Shades of Sam Raimi’s original trilogy also pop up in some inadvertently leaked story details, as Howell explained his role as a construction worker whose son gets caught up in a battle between the Lizard and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man on a bridge. Spider-Man saves the kid and when everyone is doubting their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Howell’s character stands up for the webslinger, helping to turn public opinion in his favor.
So it’s another origin story with similar beats. I know there’s little point complaining about its existence, but if Webb’s reboot is hitting most of the points that Raimi made in the first Spider-Man, why bother? I know Spider-Man 3 was bad, but that doesn’t mean the first two films don’t stand on their own. Oh well, time to get in on this spoiler action. My contribution? Uncle Ben is gonna die, and Peter Parker will learn that with great power comes great responsibility. Also, spidey sense will tingle!
Check out Howell’s full quote after the jump.[via /Film]
There is not a whole lot to talk about. Sony wants us to be hush-hush right now. I play a relatively small role. I play a construction worker whose son is caught int he middle of a battle between the Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation. There is some payback there at the end of the movie. Spider-Man is kind of hurting. I help him when all the other people won’t. Part of the story is, the nation thinks he might be a bad guy. They don’t know what to think. Becuase of my experience on the bridge with my kid, I know he is a good guy. I pitch in and help out at the end. That is the best way.