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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Director Marc Webb Makes With The Jokes
In process, Webb gives birth to new supervillain, “The Mime.”
Flush with the potential of riding The Amazing Spider-man to the number one spot at the box office this coming weekend, Marc Webb took some time to crack wise during a phone interview (with, you know, somebody other than me). During the interview, Webb joked about the possibility of creating a new supervillain for the almost certain sequel to this weekend’s reboot.
“I do think it would be tricky to invent a major villain,” Webb told the Hollywood Reporter. “But if I did that it would be The Mime.”
Webb then went out of his way a couple times to make sure that the interviewer was hip to the fact that he was kidding. My question for Webb is, what the hell do you mean, you’re kidding? The Mime? That’s goddamned brilliant.
First of all, there have already been so many iterations of the webslinger and all of his major nemeses, it would be refreshing to not go back to the same old well, especially after we just went through the whole origins story again. And even though I know it will never happen, I love this Mime idea. The character would be instantly and universally despised, and at the same time, impervious to almost any form of abuse.
And powers? Please. First off, the character would have a sort of Green Lantern-like ability to create anything that could be described with bizarre hand movements. I don’t know what the limits are, but dude would sure be able to hit Spidey up with as many invisible walls and ropes as he could handle. Also he would be able to move around with complete silence and repel any human being within sight. He could probably mime himself up a gun for a stick-up. There’s probably some way to mime your way into a bank vault, if you mime a thinking cap up on top of your head.
Just saying, Marc, don’t be so quick to write off a silly idea. I mean, isn’t that why you make the big bucks? Here’s a silly idea, how about a sitcom where an Air Force Major has a hot genie bottled up in his living room? Ridiculous, right? How about a show where a comedy writer manages to hold a family together? Tell Dick Van Dyke that it’s crazy. Hell, they took Quincy off the air back in the ’80s, and now this forensics shit makes up half of what’s on primetime TV.
Maybe give a silly idea a chance.
The Amazing Spider-man opens on Tuesday, July 3rd.