Building the World and Villains of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

The Amazing Spider-man 2Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection

Even if you’ve only seen trailers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, you know that the latest film from Sony must have entailed a hefty sum of effort in the design of sets and characters alike. One scene in particular showcases an electrified Jamie Foxx wreaking havoc on Times Square — no mean feat for even the most able-bodied of production teams. Check out a few remarks from director Marc Webb and stars Foxx, Dane DeHaan, and Emma Stone to hear about all the work that went into creating the world of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the villains who inhabit it.

On the mammoth Times Square scene:

Marc Webb: “We shot for only one or two nights in the actual Times Square, and then we built and entire version of Times Square out in Long Island. Simply because the logistical obligations of that scene were so complex that we had to… and we could, amazingly. I remember that scene came up in the script and we worked on it a little bit, and I was denying myself the pain and fear of thinking about how I was going to [do it]. Like, ‘Oh, that’s so cool.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know how the f**k I’m going to do this.’ And then I was like, ‘Well, we’ll just build part of Times Square.’ They’re like, ‘Okay.’ I kept on waiting for someone to be like, ‘Are you insane?’ But they were just like, ‘Oh, okay, yeah. We’ll just do this here…’ But it ended up being a logistically very difficult thing, just in terms of bringing the amount of lights that were required and the amount of cement that was required. Marc Friedberg, our production designer, did a really extraordinary thing, and there’s a huge spectacle, of course. There’s lots of explosions and extras and all that stuff, but really it’s a very important scene for Electro. Spider-Man’s biggest fan becomes his biggest foe, and there’s an emotional texture that has to ring true.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection

The actors talk how costumes and makeup helped to bring their characters to life:

Dane DeHaan: “My makeup took three and a half hours for the Goblin. And then it was another hour just to get into the suit. I literally had four people using screwdrivers and wrenches getting into that suit.”

Jamie Foxx: “Mine was like taking me and dipping me in blue candlewax for like four hours. And then I’d come out, and then the CGI guys would be there, and they’d look at me, take pictures, and say, ‘Stand this way, say this, laugh.’ [Performs evil laughs and grunt] All these things. It was really fun. It’s like you were back at your crib, where you’re looking in the mirror, practicing how to act. Then when I looked at it and saw what they did with the CGI, it was incredible. Because people don’t even know that that’s actually me. They think it’s all CGI.”

“We [spent] 16 to 17 hours on finding the right suit to wear, or the right makeup. And they took it from there. These guys are geniuses at what they do. The guy that was the head of the CGI department, he was like, ‘We got it. We know what we want to do. We want to make a thunderstorm inside your body,’ and all these other different things. It was great to see it all work.”


Emma Stone: “I had input [on Gwen’s wardrobe], but [Deborah Lynn Scott] was the costume designer and she’s a genius. She made Marty McFly Marty Mcfly. So there was no trouble there. She really understood…”
Producer Matt Tolmach: “Those Nikes.”
ES: “That puffer vest. She did Titanic.”
MT: “Originally in this movie you were wearing those Nikes.”
ES: “I was wearing those Nikes and I was wearing Kate Winslet’s really tight corset.”
MT: “It was an homage.”
ES: “I bridged the gap between that comic book fantasy wardrobe and real life in a really beautiful way.”

When asked if she was able to take any pieces of Gwen’s wardrobe home with her:

ES: “No you have to keep everything in a Sony vault in case you have to reshoot.”
MT: “She tried, it got really awkward.”
ES: “Got super uncomfortable.”
MT: “Security.”
ES: “Arrests.”

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