Here’s our first extended look at The Amazing-Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and the new villainous threats in this installment: Electro (Jamie Foxx), The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and, of course, Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper).
Here’s the bland plot description that an intern at Sony wrote.
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
There’s some fun stuff in here, including what looks to be a more mechanized, hardware-oriented Rhino, and Electro actually looks pretty good. There are only a couple of glimpses of the Green Goblin, and I’m a little worried about villain overcrowding becoming an issue again. That said, there’s also a couple of geeky money shots of the Vulture’s wings and Doctor Octopus’s tentacles, which will inevitably lead to the only kind of villain overcrowding that I can get behind — the appearance of the Sinister Six in a later film, which would be just… awesome. Even if Mysterio is kind of a weaksauce dickbag (though there are plenty of potential replacements).
The chemistry between Garfield and Stone is still solid, and the addition of Chris Cooper and the very talented, kind of creepy-looking Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn makes for another interesting family dynamic. Let’s just hope that we don’t end up with too much spectacle and not enough story.