by Matt Marshall
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer hit the web Thursday morning and there’s no mistake that the web slinger faces his greatest cinematic test to date.
And by that I mean, Electro, Green Goblin and Rhino all in the same movie. Sounds like overkill? Perhaps. Or maybe too much like Spider-Man 3 for comfort. The main difference between the villains of Spider-Man 3 and those in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is these three appear to be part of a larger, “sinister” picture down the road.
Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker, overwhelmed that his superhero persona will create more enemies than he’ll be able to fight off. The trailer doesn’t shy away from the fact that the stakes are raised immensely from the previous film. Add onto that, there are still crucial secrets Spider-Man has yet to uncover. Many of those revolve around his father’s shadowy research and baddie corporation Oscorp. Situations worsen when Peter soon realizes that he and his family have been on Oscorp’s radar for some time.
The highlight of the trailer is certainly Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Peter’s friend Harry Osborn. Unfortunately for Peter, Harry is also the son of Oscorp’s president Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper). From the first scene of DeHaan in the teaser, he reeks of such sophisticated villainy. Fans of the comics are well aware of where all of this is leading. All that’s needed now is a few pieces of the puzzle filled in come May.
Villains Electro and Rhino are almost afterthoughts in the three minutes of teaser mayhem. Rhino lacks importance at this point except for a few shots of Paul Giamatti fighting Spider-Man in a mech suit.
Jamie Foxx’s Electro is given a little more screen time, but is saved as the trailer’s final punch. The teaser leaves plenty of speculation as to why Electro is little more than a disgruntled member of Blue Man Group. He offers some vague villainous dialogue about a world without power and Spider-Man. What that exactly entails, audiences will find out soon enough.
But for now, the teaser did its fair share stirring up many questions and many concerns. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due out in theaters May 2, 2014.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.