It’s still kind of weird to me that Hollywood decided to reboot the Spider-Man franchise only 10 years after the first Spider-Man movie with Tobey Maguire debuted. And while that series will always have a place in my heart, I have to say that The Amazing Spider-Man series is pretty awesome.
As I’m sure you remember, the first movie featured Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) getting his powers, falling for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and fighting the Lizard. The sequel, of course, moves on from there, providing answers for some of the questions that the first movie raised and, I’m sure, raising more questions itself.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may be out already overseas, but those of us in the U.S. have to wait just a little bit longer. While you’re waiting (and avoiding spoilers online), check out this list of reasons to go see the movie. Spoiler-free, I promise.
The first film teased the involvement of Richard Parker, Peter’s father, in some kind of potentially nefarious scheme, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 returns to that idea.
I don’t think this movie will gives us all the answers, not with a third installment planned for 2016, but I’m hopeful we’ll get something about Richard Parker since he appears (on a recording) in the trailer for the film.
Aunt May (Sally Field) also clearly knows more than she’s told Peter, and even though she says, “I once told you secrets have a cost, but the truth does too,” I want to know what she’s not saying, don’t you?
Even though the ending of the first movie left it somewhat ambiguous as to whether Peter and Gwen would or would not be a couple in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the trailer for the movie erases all doubt, showing the couple on dates and kissing.
Stone and Garfield had good chemistry in the first movie, probably at least partially because they’re a couple in real life, so I’m looking forward to the way they’ll play off each other in the latest installment.
While Oscorp played an important role in The Amazing Spider-Man and Norman Osborn (played by Chris Cooper in the new movie) was mentioned, we didn’t get a glimpse at him or his son, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to change that.
If you saw the Sam Raimi franchise, you already have an idea of Peter’s history with the Osborns – namely, that Peter and Harry Osborn (Dane Dehaan of Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines, Kill Your Darlings) were childhood friends.
In the Tobey Maguire trilogy, they played around with whether Harry would end up being a bad guy or not, but it looks like the new trilogy is going to be less ambiguous, as Harry is shown teaming up with Electro.
Speaking of Electro, director Mark Webb indicates he will be the main villain of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Played by Jamie Foxx, Electro’s real name is Max Dillon, and like Dr. Connors/Lizard in the first movie, Dillon works for Oscorp, and his powers are – you guessed it – electric.
But Electro isn’t the only villain to appear in the movie. Paul Giamatti will appear in the movie as Russian mobster Aleksei Sytsevich also known as supervillain The Rhino, who wears a suit that gives him superhuman powers.
The trailers also present images of the Green Goblin, but they don’t give enough of a picture to tell who is donning the suit. In the Sam Raimi trilogy, Norman Osborn took on the role before Harry did. If you look it up, you can easily figure out who will end up being the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but do you really want it spoiled?
I’ve already mentioned the third installment of the franchise is scheduled for May 2016, but did you know they’re looking to make another two movies based on some of Spider-Man’s villains?
One of the movies will be based on the Sinister Six, a team-up of villains potentially including Green Goblin, Electro and Rhino from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the other will be a movie about Venom, last seen in Spider-Man 3 where he was played by Topher Grace.
Both movies are supposed to hit theaters before May 2018 when yet another movie in the franchise – possibly but not necessarily a fourth Amazing Spider-Man movie – is due out.
Mark your calendars now.
By now, if you’re not raring to go see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as soon as it comes out in the U.S. – if you live overseas, go see it right now – I probably can’t convince you. Like the Avengers franchise, the Amazing Spider-Man franchise looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun with overlapping movie plot lines and characters.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits U.S. theaters on May 2. See you there!