After this highly entertaining and surprising entrance that humbled the actor to the attending audience, Garfield won over anyone unsure of his devotion to the material. A 3-D reel followed revealing the new villain and several key moments before turning the floor over to a Q and A session.
“I’m going to first say, I’m a huge fan of the first three movies,” Garfield told the packed Hall H crowd. “We’re huge fans of Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Raimi…that should be said. We’re approaching this like it’s Shakespeare; it’s a modern myth. We still want to watch these stories — in 3-D, I might add. It’s another chapter in a comic book story that means so much to so many people.”
A fan asked about Spider-Man’s web-shooters, and Garfield confirmed that they were not organic but manmade by Peter Parker himself. That change drew a few shouts of approval from the crowd. “They’re mechanical; Peter designs them himself with his scientific genius,” Garfield said. “He figures it out with his connection with Oscorp. It’s pretty awesome.”
Another fan asked about the changes to the Spider-Man costume. The spider emblem is different, the eyes have been changed, and it also looks like Spider-Man might be wearing shoes.
“We looked more at the Ultimate [Spider-Man] body type,” Webb said. “How does a kid make a suit? It’s natural a kid would use some of those elements. Andrew is incredibly fit, but skinny.”
Garfield smiled broadly, adding, “Because how great is it to see a skinny guy beating up big guys?”
Stone was asked how it felt to be cast as Peter Parker’s love interest. “To be honest, I’ve been trying to be as ‘present’ as possible,” she replied. “I’m sitting on the stage at Comic-Con for Spider-Man; it’s the most awesome thing in the world.”
Another fan asked if Garfield and Stone experienced any hesitance to take on roles that might define the rest of their careers.
“A bunch — I hesitated for a month,” Garfield admitted. “I always wanted to play the role. The 4-year-old in me said, ‘You’re playing this role, man, there’s no decision!’ I just like being an actor; I was really scared of the big crowds, still am. I couldn’t say no, ultimately.”
Stone also felt some reluctance in taking part in the revamped film series. “Absolutely,” she said, quickly adding, “I had come [to Comic-Con] before for ‘Zombieland,’ but being backstage for ‘[The Amazing) Spider-Man’ is a totally different thing. This has to do with anything in life…any job you’re afraid to take, if you love it, then the fear will be set aside.”
The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3, 2012.