The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not, contrary to popular opinion, a sequel to 2012’s successful reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. It’s actually a film about an incredibly hornet that lives in the Amazonian jungle but lives as part of a hive of bees. Then he fights the Green Goblin.
Okay, soThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. In the first film, young Peter Parker falls in love with Gwen Stacy, gets spider powers, defeats The Lizard, finds out his dad was messed up in some possibly dubious stuff, and he gets Gwen’s dad, Captain Stacy, killed, but only after he promises to stay away from Gwen.
So stuff sucks for ol’ Petey. But he has Parker luck, meaning things are only going to get worse, so expect a new baddie in the sequel (the current rumor is that Jamie Foxx will be playing said bad guy, and that baddie will be Electro), and more will be revealed about his dad.
I’m thinking they’re setting up this new take on Spider-Man as a trilogy, and I’d guess they’ll make Green Goblin the overall villain in the third film. The Lizard, aka Doctor Curtis Connors, worked at Oscorp in the first film, and Norman Osborn becomes The Green Goblin, and he’s generally seen as Spider-Man’s main villain, so it only makes sense he’d be built up to for a new trilogy. Sounds good.
Another thing that’s been teased is that Peter’s other love interest, and really his main love from the comics, Mary Jane, will be in the next film. There’s even been some speculation that they’ll follow Gwen’s story pretty closely, meaning she’ll be killed by the Green Goblin. This could certainly be the case.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be directed by The Amazing Spider-Man’s Marc Webb. You pretty much know what you’ll get from Webb, as he did a decent job with the action and special effects in the first film, though his main success was at depicting the relationship between Peter and Gwen.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will be writing the screenplay, or at least the first draft, as these films go through writers like other movies go through napkins.
Movies go through lots of napkins normally, right?
May 2, 2014.
Emma Stone … Gwen Stacy
Andrew Garfield … Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Shailene Woodley … Mary Jane Watson
Jamie Foxx … Electro (rumored)
Chris Cooper… Norman Osborn
Paul Giammatti… The Rhino
I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man, though I didn’t feel it was as good as Sam Raimi’s first two attempts. I expect the sequel to be very close in terms of quality, though it’s possible it’ll take a bit of a jump in quality, as many comic book movies seem to find their stride once the origin stories are out of the way.
I don’t consider Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man to be phenomenal, and Spidey deserves nothing but phenomenal.
No doubt The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be a massive success and make boatloads of money. That said, the first film didn’t do as well as Spider-Man 3, and it was in 3D and had the inflated box office numbers because of that.