Jon Watts is the third director to take on a Spider-Man movie with Spider-Man: Homecoming, and since it’s the single biggest project he’s ever directed, it’s not surprising that he wanted to look to one of the previous directors of the massive superhero franchise to help gets his bearings. Watts revealed the advice he received from Marc Webb, who worked on the two The Amazing Spider-Man movies.
Watts revealed to Den of Geek that Webb shot him an e-mail after it was announced that he got the job. The Amazing Spider-Man director was reluctant to offer any advice on how to handle a Spider-Man movie from behind the camera and recommended someone who Webb felt would give Watts better advice instead. Watts said the following:
“[Webb] emailed me, and he said ‘I’m not gonna tell you anything, I’m just gonna say: make sure you get to hang out with Stan Lee.’ I did. I did, and it was great. It was great advice.”
Watts was probably planning on talking with Stan Lee anyway, but it seems as though Webb’s advice suggested that he was already fairly confident in his successor’s ability to deliver a good Spider-Man movie that could stand out on its own. In any case, the first movie that Watts has directed seems to resonate more with critics than either of Webb’s movies.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017. The film features a cast that includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Robert Downey Junior as Tony Stark (Iron Man), Zendaya Coleman as Michelle, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Tony Revolori as “Flash” Thompson, Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan, Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes (Vulture), Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz (Shocker), and Michael Chernus as Phineas Mason (Tinkerer).
Source: Den of Geek