Kicking off a jam-packed summer movie season full of superheroes and sensational genre pieces, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (directed by Marc Webb) opens this weekend on May 2nd, 2014 in theaters everywhere. For those keeping tabs on the wall-crawler series that is co-produced by Marvel Studios and Sony Entertainment, the sequel is a continuation to the successful reboot of the franchise that took place in 2012 after the original Sam Raimi-directed trilogy from 2002-2007 ran its course.
Taking place some time after the first film, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds himself in full-swing as Spider-Man much to the adoration of New Yorkers and his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). But the mystery surrounding his parents’ death deepens when Peter learns new information about their connection to Oscorp and the ailing founder Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper). Norman’s son Harry (Dane DeHaan) approaches Peter rekindling an old friendship but seeks to find Spider-Man to stop the same disease running through his blood that is killing his father.
Suffice to say this leads to the formation of a familiar villain in The Green Goblin, on top of the fact that Peter must also deal with additional foes bent on his destruction, like a devoted Oscorp employee (Jamie Foxx) who is tragically transformed into living energy as Electro and a Russian mobster known as the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) wreaking havoc on the city.
If you’re thinking that this Spider-Man film is overloaded with villains, you might be right but there is a bigger plan in place heading into the future. On top of two more The Amazing Spider-Man sequels, the villains in Spidey’s universe will soon be getting the royal treatment from Sony with a planned Sinister Six film (directed by The Cabin In The Woods’ Drew Goddard) and a solo Venom movie (possibly directed by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 scribe Alex Kurtzman) that will reboot the popular bad guy since last seen in Spider-Man 3. Recent trailers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have shown images of Doctor Octopus’ mechanical arms and The Vulture’s wing harness.
The plans come on the heels of Marvel Studios’ expanded universe approach from their movies surrounding the The Avengers, with other studios picking up on the fact that the idea of growing their franchises into an inter-weaving narrative could prove extremely profitable. Even 20th Century Fox is realizing this with their X-Men (Days Of Future Past is set for May 23rd, 2014) and Fantastic Four (which is due for a reboot in 2015).
While the $200 million-budgeted The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is sure to be action-packed and in the spirit of the superhero’s comic book universe (having been filmed entirely in New York City), fans are itching to see if this movie fulfills what has been teased with photo images of Emma Stone’s attire on set. The sequel could be the film that executes the infamous death of the Gwen Stacy character at the hands of Goblin that occurred in the comics. If nothing else, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 should prove to be an interesting ride for fans.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be playing at Cineplex Odeon First Markham Place Cinemas for local Markham residents in both 3D and 2D formats. The movie is rated PG for violence.