Get ready for a new-and-possibly-improved Spidey suit. Director Marc Webb participated in a Target-mediated Twitter Q&A last week as part of the promotional machine behind the release of The Amazing Spider-Man to DVD and Blu-ray (soon to be racked prominently at Target, as well as other, less hip-to-social-media retailers). Fans presented Webb (probably the most aptly named guy ever to direct a film about an arachnoid superhero) with their burning questions about the sequel, set to come out in May 2014. Webb, in turn, answered (some of) them—and included a little teaser about a "gnarly" new Spider-Man costume.
Upon the release of the first movie last July, Webb spoke to Vanity Fair about his Spidey-suit aesthetic: "I wanted to make a costume that a kid could in some theoretical way make," he said. "So his feet pads were made from tennis shoes and the lenses were made from sunglasses. It’s a little bit different than what we’ve seen before. It’s a little less stylized than the comic books, but I wanted to accentuate his shape, which is more lithe than adolescent." He didn't want Spider-Man scaling walls and swinging through the air weighed down by bodily bulk: "I wanted him to be a teenager who is incredibly agile, like a gymnast. The comic book The Ultimate Spider-Man, which was written by Brian Michael Bendis—his art was the influence for the suit and the body type."
Now, for the second film in Marvel’s Spider-Man reboot, Webb has decided to make a few changes. During the Q&A, one tweeter asked Webb if he could provide any "hints on costume tweaks" that had been reported earlier. Webb replied that Spidey would be getting "bigger eyes" and some "gnarly web shooters." And with Jamie Foxx rumoured to be up for the role of the supervillainous Electro, we can expect a gnarly new nemesis, too.