Spider-Man: No Way Home wasn’t just one of the most talked about movies of 2021, it’s still one of the most talked about movies now that it’s released. While we wait to find out when No Way Home hits digital or Disney Plus, director Jon Watts has surfaced to talk about this film and the other chapters in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man trilogy (which we’ve referred to internally as Spider-Man). Man). The Home of Man trilogy.
The director gave his first big interview to Variety, and even revealed how the Covid-19 pandemic affected production. “We planned a big New York location shoot with tons of extras,” Watts said, but “that turned out to be impossible. Even the most basic shot, of Peter Parker walking down the street, became a multi-layered visual effects shot.”
But they still managed to do it in layers, shooting the streets of New York and then adding actors and crowds in post-production. One could say? I could not
A ‘therapy session’ for the actors of Spider-Man
Watts revealed that before putting the three Spider-Man actors on camera, he set up something he calls “a Spider-Man therapy session.” Watts, Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, Jacob Batalon and Zendaya gathered in folding chairs arranged in a circle (something Zendaya does a lot in Euphoria) to “talk about the story, how the pieces fit together and what Spider-Man is.” . intended for them.”
This, he said, seemed to have enhanced the filming process when the three actors from the Spider-Man movie were first filmed together, as Watts put it: “Because we had done that work ahead of time, when we shot that first scene with Everyone, it was great to step back and see the crew watching, like they were watching the movie.”
The common thread of Watts’ Spider-Man movies
While Spider-Man: No Way Home is tied to the previous movies directed by Sam Raimi and Marc Webb through some decent movie networks, Watts explained the true line through his Spider movies: the director’s own fears. While this explanation seems a bit far-fetched, here’s what he said:
Spider-Man: Homecoming, says Watts, “is about a kid who gets a big chance and is so afraid of losing it that he creates a mess,” reflecting what Watts was thinking of directing such a big movie. .
Then Far From Home was about, you guessed it, Watts’ fear of ruining this movie too, because “Peter Parker has a mission [stop the elementals] and do not want to take risks [and gave Tony Stark’s glasses to Mysterio]”, as Watts might have stuck too closely to the formula of the first film.
Lastly, you have No Way Home, which according to Watts “is about finishing this origin story and the responsibility that comes with it. Peter Parker and Spider-Man mean a lot to people and I felt that responsibility.” It’s all pretty meta, right?
Could Spider-Man: No Way Home Get an Oscar?
The interview, however, feels like a part of Marvel Studios’ campaign to get the Film Academy to take Spider-Man: No Way Home seriously for Oscar contention.
Not only does Watts advocate that his technical achievements be taken seriously, Tim Gray ends by saying, “Movies don’t run themselves and they aren’t run by committee. Therefore, it is necessary to consider Watts and the film. What do you say Academy voters?
So do you think Spider-Man: No Way Home is Oscar worthy? Let us know.