The San Diego Comic Con trailer spread kicked off with the release of the first promo trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With the franchise being rebooted so soon after the original trilogy, audiences approached the film with hopeful reluctance (thanks a lot Spider-Man 3). But with solid acting and a well-paced script, The Amazing Spider-Man managed to do something new for the character, clearly separating itself from its predecessors. Currently holding a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was well-received and left audiences yearning for more of the youthful superhero.
Returning for the sequel are Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, Never Let Me Go) as title character Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone (Easy A, The Help) as love interest Gwen Stacy, and Sally Field (Lincoln, Forest Gump)as Aunt May. Also returning are Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Departed) as Ben Parker and Dennis Leary (Rescue Me, Ice Age) as Captain George Stacy, both of which were killed in the first film, but will likely be given flashback material. Joining the cast for the second installment will be Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Saving Private Ryan) as Aleksei Sytsevich / The Rhino, Jamie Foxx (Django unchained, Ray) as Max Dillon/Electro, and Chris Cooper (American Beauty, The Bourne Identity) as mysterious figure, Norman Osborne. Although the latter was mentioned throughout the last film, many of the details surrounding the character are still relatively unknown. Despite the insidious implications made about Osbourne and his involvement in the death of Peter’s parents, is seems as though the main antagonist for this film will be Electro with The Rhino likely taking a secondary antagonist role that will factor heavily in the beginning and end of the film.
Originally, it was planned for this film to also reintroduce the character of Mary Jane Watson in a small introductory role. However, after casting actress Shailene Woodley in the role and finishing her filming, it was ultimately decided to cut her scenes from the film. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Marc Webb stated, “I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship.” While this may delay the inevitable relationship that will exist between the characters, it is important with adaptations that you do not simply throw in the kitchen sink just for the hell of it.
Set to hit theaters May 2, 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer should bring with it a renewed excitement for the release. With the original cast intact and talented additions made, this is sure to be one blockbuster you won’t want to miss. Here’s hoping that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stays true to the original trilogy and surpasses its predecessor in quality.