As we all know, superhero films run Hollywood right now. Almost every other movie that comes out now has a super-powered hero that takes us on a journey through their own personal struggle while dealing with their personal issues. Now, I can’t blame Hollywood and the studios continue to look towards the comic book heroes and heroines because they have been box-office hits.
Marvel’s heroes has been dominated theaters recently, particularly the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, there are other Marvel legends that are not a part of this universe, but seriously should be. In 2012, we were re-introduced to the legendary Spider-Man in the reboot film, The Amazing Spider-Man. While there were skeptics, myself included who grew up watching Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi’s adaptation of the wall-crawler, Andrew Garfield did a good job stepping into the tight spandex outfit of Spider-Man.
Now, audiences should prepare to swing with the human arachnid in this anticipated sequel.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
In this sequel, Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) alter-ego, Spider-Man, has been embraced as a hero by the citizens of New York and enjoying the time he spends with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes with a price: only Spider-Man can protect New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must face an enemy that is far more powerful that him. And when Peter’s old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns, Peter realizes that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.
Co-starring Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich / The Rhino, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, and Sally Field as May Parker, this sequel seems to be prepared to succeed the first film as far as being a larger adventure for the wall-crawler. We also seem to get glimpses into more of Spider-Man’s back story, particularly his father’s involvement with Oscorp. The preview also shows flashes of other villains from Spider-Man’s Rogues Gallery (Vulture, Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, possibly the Sidious Six?!).
With all of these elements shown in only the first preview, I think this film will be better than the first. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released on May 2, 2014.