In L.A., four spell-binding segments of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were shown to enraptured audience, giving them a privileged 30-minute Sneak Peek at the villains that Spidey (Andrew Garfield) will be facing in the upcoming May 2 blockbuster from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Sony is looking to recoup some of its losses from a less-than-stellar 2013, so it is banking heavily on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 being a big success.
With Jamie Foxx as Electro, the movie co-starring as Gwen Emma Stone, and the past box office earnings from Spider-Man flicks as a bar of measurement, Sony hopes that the movie’s success is a foregone conclusion.
The first of the four segments fills in some backstory about Peter Parker’s history and what happened to his parents.We see Peter’s dad on an airplane, trying to protect valuable data he has stored on his laptop.
Clip number 2 depicted an exciting chase sequence of Spider-Man using his web-slinging abilities and speed to chase down and stop a hijacked truck with a cargo of radioactive material in it. It’s his alter-ego’s, Peter Parker’s, graduation day, and he’s late for it; but, duty calls, and Spider-Man must respond.
The third clip showed Gwen Stacey and Peter Parker reuniting after having been apart for a year, and going for a romantic stroll together. Of course, happiness is not in the cards for our intrepid web-slinger — the villain Electro (Jamie Foxx) is laying waste to New York City’s Time Square, and Spider-Man must stop him from destroying the Big Apple.
The fourth clip gave viewers in L.A. a glimpse at the new and hideous, though charismatic, Green Goblin/Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan). They got to see, in the last clip, Harry Osborn freeing Electro, so that they can team up and go after Spider-Man together.
Besides Electro and the Green Goblin, Spider-Man will have to face the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). The course of true love never did run smooth, especially if you’re a web-slingin’ wall-crawlin’ superhero.
The Green Goblin was previously portrayed by the talented actor James Franco, who seems to be in almost every movie lately though, he’s not in this one. Franco’s Gobby is gone — Dane DeHaan has re-imagined the character, and more him much more hideous and goblin-like. DeHaan’s Green Goblin has evil-looking eyes, a pointed nose, green skin that looks like it’s decaying, and teeth that have never seen a toothbrush, toothpaste, nor a dentist.
Though we know from the clip shown in L.A. that Harry Osborn frees Electro, other than that, his exact role in the movie is being kept a secret. However, from the Spider-Man comic books, fans know that Harry’s corporation, Oscorp, has been busy creating genetically engineered super villains with the aim of using them to kill Spider-Man.
I’m not sure what the profit margin is in a business like that, but, hey, what’s a few million dollars here and there when you’re an ultra-rich super villain?
Sony Pictures Entertainment would love for their Spider-Man franchise to spawn many other movies, much like the “Captain America” and “Iron Man” movies spawned “The Avengers.”
That’s why the box office success or failure of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” means much more to Sony Pictures entertainment than the success or failure if it was a “one of” sort of film. For instance, already Sony is working on a movie featuring Venom.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will have all of the qualities that — in the past — have practically guaranteed that a movie will be a big money-making smash. There’s suspense, drama, plenty of action, violence, and super villains that are more than a match for even a super hero with the skill set of Spidey to handle. Will The Amazing Spider-Man 2 be the best Spider-Man movie yet, as many fans hope? I, for one, plan to be there at my local movie theater on May 2 to find out!
Written by: Douglas Cobb
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