SAN DIEGO - The final panel in Hall H Friday afternoon belonged to Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," and leave it to star Andrew Garfield to say the magic words that have all of Comic-Con buzzing: "The Avengers."
Garfield was joined on stage by Webb, co-stars Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan as well as producer Avi Arad for what was an incredibly entertaining end to the day. It was the last question from a member of the audience that made the fanboys start to dream. The 29-year-old actor is known as a die hard comic book fan and was asked which famous storyline from Spidey's history he'd most like to bring to the big screen.
"I'd like to see him with the Avengers," Garfield immediately replied. "Wouldn't that be awesome? Just sayin'."
Granted, while that would be music to Sony Pictures' ears (they currently control the movie rights to the web-slinger), it's unclear what sort of deal Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios would even consider to put Spider-Man in Joss Whedon's upcoming "The Avengers 2." Spider-Man has been a member of the comic book Avengers for almost a decade, but until the two companies come to a mutually beneficial agreement, Garfield's wish may just remain a fanboy dream.
Friday afternoon's main objective, however, was to get the Comic-Con faithful excited about the second installment of the recently rebooted franchise. The show began with the Hall's main screens expanding beyond their normal size (something we saw last year when Legendary and Warner Bros. won the convention with their impressive "Pacific Rim" presentation). Webb and Arad appeared on stage briefly discussing the film before a video played that had someone dressed as Spider-Man crawling and jumping from the Hard Rock Hotel across the convention. In the footage, a security guard won't let him into Hall H and we hear him insisting he's Spider-Man (with Garfield's voice). Then Spidey decides to just jump over him and climb into the convention center through the roof. At that point the stage went dark and nothing happened. In fact, nothing happened for a good three to four minutes. Then, finally, a fully costumed Spider-Man hit the stage to sit down and it was clear Garfield was in full costume, but unlike his fan costume two years ago he stayed completely in character with his mask on.
Next, the moderator played a canned video of Emma Stone apologizing for not being there in person as she's shooting a movie in Europe. Before the video could finish, it was disrupted and a montage of Electro appeared. The lights came up and Jamie Foxx walked on the stage as "Gold Digger," his collaboration with Kanye West, played.
The following is an edited version of the cute conversation between Foxx and Spider-Man as the Oscar winner sat down next to Marvel's greatest hero.
Spider-Man: "I loved 'Django.'"
Jamie Fox: "I like the way you die boy. (Laughs.) Is this the real Spider-Man?"
Marc Webb: "I asked him to consult on the last movie."
Spider-Man: "Who is Andrew?"
Foxx: "He's the actor who plays you in the movie."
Spider-Man: "I thought Eduardo Savrin played me. Oh, interesting. I thought he made Facebook.
I gotta go to the bathroom, but Jamie Foxx? Jamie Foxx??? Thanks for having me."
After Spidey walked off, Foxx spoke about how much fun it was to play the villain, Max Dillion, aka Electro.
"You don't have to color inside the lines, if you will," Foxx said. "The thing is, when I got the call about this, my 3-year-old, she is putting on her Spider-Man jumper and having a Spider-Man party."
Foxx said his daughter told him, "'Man, Spider-Man is gonna kick your ass,' but I plan on doing some ass-kicking myself."
The character intrigued Foxx because of his tragic backstory, which is partially explored in the film.
"Max's father left him as a kid, so immediately there is something draw on," Foxx said. "His mother is overprotective. So, there is this 42-43-year-old guy who has been living at home with his mom. I know guys like that. That's great to draw on. [Basically he's] betrayed by three things: love, his family and his work. When you see him, it's actually his birthday and even his mom doesn't remember his birthday. You immediately see that he's in a hole. When he turns to Electro, it makes so much sense why he has so much venom and so much anger. He wants to burn the city down and Spider-Man along with it."
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