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21.06.2012, 23:00 TheGuardian.co.uk

Marc Webb: the latest director caught in Spider-Man's web

Marc Webb: the latest director caught in Spider-Man's web

The numbers, on their own, are terrifying. The three Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies grossed $2.4bn (£1.5bn) worldwide. The six most recent Avengers films have taken $3.7bn (£2.4bn). Since 1989, the Batman films have made $2.6bn (£1.7bn). This is the world of high finance, translated into film-making. The newest of these corporate-funded entities, The Amazing Spider-Man, is shortly to be unleashed on the marketplace. And the responsibility for ensuring it keeps its end up, creatively speaking, is the unassuming – and, it has to be said, slightly bemused-looking – figure of Marc Webb. If he is weighed down by the responsibility, he doesn't show it.