It is certainly no surprise that the superhero film franchise is currently on the rise, dominating popular culture with the rise of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe and the beginning of the fledgling DC Cinematic Universe. Despite all of this, one may wonder at times if the market has become too over saturated with the genre, and one may wonder if this new state of Hollywood is a good thing, for the moment. Recently, renowned director Steven Spielberg, gave his two cents regarding the matter, as well as “The Amazing Spider-Man’s” Andrew Garfield, who also spoke about a particular scene in the “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” that was born out of his ideas regarding the rise of superheroes in Hollywood. Read on to learn more about what both Steven Spielberg and Andrew Garfield had to say about superhero movies and to learn more about the scene that Andrew Garfield helped create in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Superhero movies have made their comeback in Hollywood, and it looks like they will be here to stay, as long as the genre is still popular, and as long as Kevin Feige can orchestrate and weave stories around the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, and as long as the planned DC Entertainment Universe films keep on coming.
However, with too many superhero movies shown almost every year, some wonder if the market is getting too crowded for other stories and movies to shine.
Recently, in an interview with the Associated Press, while promoting his latest project, “Bridge of Spies”, legendary director Steven Spielberg, in addressing the issue, stated that as the nature of films, just like trends in clothes, are cyclical, one day, superhero films won’t be as popular anymore, and will fade out into the background, just like the Western movie.
However, this doesn’t mean that superhero movies will cease to exist. It means that fewer superhero films will be made. However, as trends are cyclical, this means that the superhero movie, after it fades out in favor for another trend, will also come back someday.
In response to this, “The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2’s” Andrew Garfield, a big fan of Spider-Man, and who managed to portray his childhood hero in two films, added his two cents regarding the popularity of the superhero film franchise.
According to Garfield’s interview with MTV, who recently sat down with him to promote his upcoming film, “99 Homes,” Garfield mentioned that in superhero films, and specifically solo superhero films, the message that comes across to the audience is that one man or woman can save the entire world.
While this is something good to bolster the spirits of most people, Garfield mentioned that he was worried that this message might come across in the wrong way. It was at the same time, people might end up forgetting that each person can be a superhero and take action and responsibility for the things going around them, as they might just leave it up to those with power, like the government, or superheroes, who can do it for them. This, however, isn’t the point for the existence of superheroes in literature, and Garfield himself feels this way. He then cited famous game changers and leaders, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., who, just like superheroes, became the faces of movements that sprung out of communities, and who changed the world.
In order to somehow correct this fallacy and to spread that message, Garfield came up with an idea that ended up becoming part of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, something that he was a little bit embarrassed to talk about.
The scene in question is found at the end of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” when a new villain calling himself “The Rhino”, began rampaging on the streets of New York.
However, Spider-Man was nowhere to be seen and hadn’t been seen for a year since the death of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
With the people of New York watching the sidelines, a brave little boy dressed up in a Spider-Man costume decided to take action by standing gamely in front of the Rhino before Spider-Man came to save the day.
What the little boy did was simple, but it was his example, of how an ordinary person can brave enough to become a superhero for the moment, which contained the message that Garfield wanted to put across.
Do you think that Spielberg is right regarding the fate of superhero movies? What do you think about Garfield’s thoughts regarding the superhero genre, which led him to propose that ending scene in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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Check out the clip of the scene that Andrew Garfield helped come up with below.
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