During an audience question-and-answer segment, a man in his twenties reminded Webb that the third installment of Sam Raimi’s original trilogy — 2007’s Spider-Man 3 — was undone by the inclusion of too many villains. The fan then pointed out that Webb’s sequel runs the risk of falling into the same trap, as it features not just Electro and Rhino but Harry Osborn — the Green Goblin’s alter-ego — as well. (Dane DeHaan tackles the part last played by James Franco.)
"We’re obviously familiar with the complaints people had," Webb replied, then explained that the key to the movie’s success lies in the writing. "We’re very careful to make sure the stories intertwine. For Peter Parker, it’s very important that you create obstacles that are difficult to overcome."
Webb added that Giamatti’s character — a role he won before the script had even been written, after Webb heard the actor saying he’d always wanted to play Rhino on Conan O’Brien’s talk show — is only “in the movie for four minutes.”
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