The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens this Friday and fans will be treated to an entirely different Peter Parker. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 should be sub-titled, Spidey Grows Up. When we last left our web-slinging superhero Parker was still struggling with his new found spidey senses, lovesick over Gwen Stacy, and feeling terribly guilty for his part in his Uncle Ben’s untimely death. From the onset, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 packs on the action with Peter racing to get to his high school graduation on time while protecting the citizens of New York from danger.
Fans who have grown accustomed to a brooding Peter Parker, a role that Andrew Garfield plays so very well, will be happily surprised to find a confident, funny, self-assured hero. It seems as though Spidey has accepted his responsibilities and is no longer shy and reserved about his superpowers.
Not that it will all be smooth sailing for our superhero. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 introduces the audience to two new villains and the return of an old one. Jamie Foxx stars as Max Dillon, an Oscorp Industries employee who, after falling into a vat full of electric eels, becomes Electro, a villain who can generate large amounts of electricity. The always enjoyable Paul Giamatti has a brief role as Aleksei Sytsevich, aka Rhino. The real villain here is Dane DeHaan who plays Harry Osbourne and his alter ego, Green Goblin.
Rounding out the cast is Emma Stone as Peter Parker’s one true love, Gwen Stacy and Sally Field as Peter’s beloved Aunt May. Gwen, who has graduated top of her class as valedictorian, has some serious choices to make in the latest movie. Will she stay in New York or will she travel to Oxford University to study abroad? Real life couple Stone and Garfield have an amazing chemistry on-screen that audiences find very relatable. Their connection is very natural and the pair can certainly bring the laughs.
The successful Spider-Man movie franchise began back in 2002 with Sam Raimi at the helm and starred Tobey Maguire as our hapless superhero. Maguire’s Spider-Man was nerdy, brooding, conflicted, everything fans were expecting. Kirsten Dunst starred as Peter’s love interest, Mary Jane Watson. Dunst did fine as the girl next-door, though some found her performance a bit stale. The love scenes between Spider-Man and Mary Jane were electric but not the same can be said for the scenes between plain old Peter and Mary Jane. Spider-Man was quickly followed by Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and Spider-Man 3 in 2007 before Marc Webb took over in 2012. The Amazing Spider-Man took in over $750 million worldwide and had many fans complaining that it was too soon to retell the story. That certainly did not stop them from buying tickets. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has already opened in several overseas markets and has reportedly taken in over $47 million. If all goes well it would seem that the sequel will do just as well, if not surpass the original.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 promises to be a huge hit when it opens this weekend. Many are looking forward to seeing Spidey grow up. True fans of the web slinger will be happy to sit through two hours of anything just to see their favorite superhero back on the screen. Welcome back, old friend.
By Mary Kay Love