THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
* 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man. The classic Marvel comic book
character made his debut in 1962 in Issue #15 of the anthology series Amazing
Fantasy (August 1962). Amazing Fantasy ended with this issue and Spider-Man's
adventures continued in a new series, The Amazing Spider-Man, beginning in 1963.
* Andrew Garfield is a lifelong fan of Spider-Man - he remembers an old snapshot
of himself, at age 3, dressed as Spider-Man for Halloween.
* Emma Stone portrays Gwen Stacy, a key character in Spider-Man lore and Peter
Parker's first love. Gwen Stacy made her first appearance in the December 1965
The Amazing Spider-Man #31).
* The Amazing Spider-Man employed over 1,000 people. The film's sets occupied
seven stages at Sony Studios' Culver City lot.
* Andrew Garfield worked with personal trainer Armando Alarcon six days a week
for six months to prepare for the role of Spider-Man. Garfield also worked with
stunt coordinator Andy Armstrong and his team, doing trampoline work, power core
moves, basketball skills, martial arts, gymnastic and parkour work, as well as
* Andy Armstrong and his stunt team maintained a training camp in a warehouse
near Sony Pictures Studios, where Andrew Garfield worked with top instructors in
each of several disciplines. The warehouse featured several elements of
buildings, walls and other environments from the film, which the team used to
recreate, rehearse and perfect the action sequences.
FUN FACTS: COSTUMES
* Costume designer Kym Barrett collaborated with director Marc Webb to realize
his vision for Spider-Man's suit to reflect a more lean and athletic, less
muscular silhouette. For inspiration, Barrett imagined what would happen if a
spider web was being blown by the wind and wrapped itself around the body.
* Costume designer Kym Barrett studied the lightweight, stretchy materials used
by Winter Olympics athletes and bicycle racers, among other fabrics, in order to
create a Spider-Man suit which allowed for the special acrobatics Spider-Man
employs as he swings though Manhattan.
* 56 Spider-Man suits were created for the film, including 17 suits for Andrew
Garfield and multiples for each stunt person. The suits varied from pristine
condition to various stages of distress, as dictated by the story.
* Costume designer Barrett utilized printing techniques incorporating shadows in
the suit's fabric, which enhanced the 3-D nature of the print and gave the
person wearing the suit depth and density.
* It took Andrew Garfield 20 minutes, assisted by costumer Robert Moore, to put
on the Spider-Man suit for shooting.
* The lenses for Spider-Man's mask are custom made, with a blue-tinted optical
lens and a gold hexagon mirrored pattern printed on top. They are also coated to
* 100 sets of lenses were on hand in the costume department to use in the
Spider-Man suits, featuring variegated tints for nighttime and daytime.
FUN FACTS: THE LIZARD
* The Lizard, one of the most formidable of Spider-Man's foes, made his first
appearance in 1963 in Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man #6.
* In order to portray the role of the one-armed Dr. Curt Connors, Rhys Ifans
learned to complete various tasks with one arm tied behind his back. He became
quite skilled at tying a tie, making coffee and many other tasks using only his
* Gwen Stacy serves as Dr. Connors' lead intern at OsCorp, so Emma Stone went on
lab field trips along with Rhys Ifans. The two actors spent one trip observing
scientific research on axolotl regeneration. Axolotls, a type of salamander, are
famous for their ability to re-grow limbs and even portions of the brain and
FUN FACTS: OSCORP
* The OsCorp Lab set, one of the largest sets built for the film, took over
three months to build. Constructed on Sony's Stage 30 in Culver City, CA, its
massive footprint occupied over 14,000 square feet of stage floor.
* The ceiling of the OsCorp Lab hallway is actually egg crate soundproofing
foam. A three-man team spent three weeks custom cutting, gluing and fireproofing
the 3,000 square foot ceiling.
* The reptile skeletons and other macabre accessories seen in Connors' OsCorp
Lab offices come from two aptly named Los Angeles shops: Necromance and Dapper
* The "mice" seen in the OsCorp Lab are actually cat toys. There are
approximately 200 of them, and crew members had to remove the ears of each
mouse, which were a very un-lifelike fluorescent pink!
FUN FACTS: OTHER ENVIRONMENTS
* In Peter Parker's father's study, created for flashback scenes, Dr. Parker's
passion for jazz is represented by a collection of jazz CDs and a framed
photograph of Duke Ellington, which hangs on the study wall. The same Ellington
image can be seen as a postcard on the bulletin board of Peter's bedroom years
later, a symbol of his memories of his father.
* Much of the children's artwork that appears in the film was created by Jaden
Tell, the seven-year-old daughter of two set decoration buyers for the film.
* Interiors of Midtown Science High School were constructed on Sony Studios'
Stage 15. The stage housed four classrooms, five hallways, a restroom, a
principal's office and secretary's office. The chemistry class was constructed
of breakaway materials, to accommodate several fight sequences. Over 400 pieces
of breakaway glass flasks, cylinders and beakers were acquired for this
* The high school library, the site of a fierce and destructive battle, required
a separate stage and was comprised of almost 3,000 feet of faux books,
constructed of real book covers with recyclable styrofoam inserts.
* In Captain Stacy's office at the Police Precinct, a certificate of
commendation from The Leary Firefighters Foundation hangs on the wall. This
real-life organization was established in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response
to a tragic fire that claimed the lives of six firefighters, including Leary's
cousin and a childhood friend.
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