Amazing Spider-Man 2: New Gwen Stacy Image; Dane DeHaan Talks Harry Osborn’s Agenda

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 continues the re-exploration of Spider-Man’s origins with a story involving the return of Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) childhood friend, Harry Osborn (Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan), and the mysterious machinations of Oscorp, Norman Osborn’s shady corporation that is tied to the disappearance of Peter’s parents, the creation of The Lizard in the last film, and will be behind the creation of Jamie Foxx’s Electro in this new installment. As for the future: We already know Oscorp will give rise to more iconic villains – and will most likely be the launchpad for the confirmed spinoff films about the villain team the Sinister Six and Venom, one of Spider-Man’s most famous nemeses.

Of course Amazing Spider-Man 2 will also feature a little gal named Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), who may or may not have a pretty dramatic arc in the second chapter. Stone is featured in a new image from the film, courtesy of Social Toaster, which launched the image as part of a promotional campaign:


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Gwen Stacy, fine as ever, in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′

Right now, Amazing Spider-Man 2 is suspected of playing an intricate game of misdirection with fans, so nothing should be assumed. At first it was a given that Foxx’s Electro was the primary focus of the sequel – but as more casting was announced, it was clear that Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn, DeHaan’s Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti’s Rhino and yet unnamed characters played by the likes of Felicity Jones, Colm Feore and BJ Novak could all be potential foes/allies from Spidey’s rogues gallery. The latest marketing materials for the film have focused more on Harry Osborn and his seeming transformation into the Green Goblin – a reveal that DeHaan has been trying to hide for as far back as our Comic-Con 2013 interview with him this past summer.

Now the actor is teasing a bit more about his arc in the film – but still not revealing all that much. From an interview with Digital Spy:

“It’s becoming very obvious that all of these villains are originating from within Oscorp, in one way or the other. There are things that Harry feels he owes Peter, and things he needs from Peter, there are things he feels he needs from Spider-Man, and then there’s his responsibility to Oscorp. It’s a very complicated storyline, really cool and dynamic.”

The push-pull dynamic and dual-sided nature of the Harry/Peter friendship (vs. the Spider-Man/Goblin rivalry) are what made the mid-to-late seventies Amazing Spider-Man comic books (the Gerry Conway, Len Wein and Ross Andru era) so iconic. While the Peter/Norman/Harry/Gwen (or MJ) saga has been retconned or re-explored multiple times since then (including in Raimi’s Spider-Man movie trilogy), the Ultimate Spider-Man continuity that The Amazing Spider-Man films are based on have the possibility of exploring it from a VASTLY different angle than the previous films.

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Gwen could die and be reborn as Carnage – or not die at all (as many expect). Harry could become Venom. Norman Osborn might cheat death and become a monstrous Green Goblin. Who knows? Something completely different could happen…

However, the way DeHaan’s quote is structured – specifically the “[Harry] needs something from Spider-Man” part – makes us think that the Ultimate comics storyline of Spider-Man’s DNA holding the secret to the origins of fan-favorite villains Venom and Carnage could indeed be in play, here. For the film, a sample of Spidey/Peter’s blood would be the thing Harry potentially needs to get his hands on to advance Oscorp’s research and save his father Norman’s life. (In the comic Peter’s father created the Venom suit as a cure for cancer, and it’s like to their DNA – see where this is going?)

Right now, the possibilities for this Amazing Spider-Man universe are so rich, the real fear is that part 2 could end up being an underwhelming fulfillment of it. We’ll see.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.

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  1. Much lips. Very Gwen.

  2. It would be cool to see the goblin arc as the crappy one we saw in the posters/trailers into more and more of the traditional comic book goblin we know. Even if it’s part bio part sleek mechanical. Orange eyes, purple hat (to cover the Super Saiyan hair) and everything. Still completely confused if it’s going to be old or young Osborn though!

    And more than anything else I really hope/can’t wait to see the true Venom up there with a Carnage follow up…with the same graphics as they used in The Thing.

  3. Wild theory:

    They get Peter’s blood, make a clone of him that’s insane and use that to test the goblin suit/board, which we see in the trailers. That goes on a rampage and gets deposed, but the “goblin” legend has already begun among the media.

    Harry does a similar process with his dad’s blood, but instead of cloning it, injects it into his dad, making him insane as well and superpowered/healthy, turning him into the Goblin. Exposition, exposition, Harry gets hurt, then turns desperately to the various experiments in the Oscorp files – he finds Venom. He continues with his habit of freely messing around with DNA, but before he knows it, it goes very wrong (or very right) and Venom is born.

    *Unless Harry is Goblin, in which other theory/fan speculation:

    He tries to fix his dad, but his dad turns into a horrible crazy disfigured goblin creature that goes on a rampage within the facilities (Ultimates Goblin even?). That goblin creature injures Harry, who’s forced to kill it with his gun. Facing death, Harry uses the only thing available – that same goblin toxin, and as he transforms, he stumbles along to one of the DNA chambers, ripping his clothes off in the process (hence that one picture we’ve been shown), and once the chamber does its number on him, the classic Green Goblin is born

  4. Emma could get it

  5. Gwen Stacy as Carnage? EXPLAIN

    Must be an Ultimates version of Carnage

    • Yes, Gwen becoming Carnage is from the Ultimate line. It´s actually a great read with fantastic art.

      • Thanks Scapegoat. I’ll have to catch up on some Ultimate Spider-Man I guess.

  6. how did carnage become i havent seen it ever i like spiderman i just havent seen carnage

  7. Venom and Sinister Six will not be able to hold a movie on their own…who would they fight? Bad idea to give them their own spin-off films. I would like to see Mysterio and Scorpion fight Spidey, though. As for Spidey versus the Sin-6, he will need help to fight that many baddies at once. Can the studio buy the rights to introduce Moon Knight or somebody to help fight that many villains?

  8. am i the only one who think the 1st suit is better than the one in the new movie

    • Agreed!

  9. Theory. I’m thinking this script is going to take inspiration from the original script for Spider-Man 3, the ultimate comics, and the string of comics that fleshed out electros origins in the early 90s.

    The movie is going to start with Peter on top of the world, graduating high school, taking down the Russian Mob, and getting ready to go off to college.

    Harry Osborn returns, befriending Peter, but his loyalties are still much more with his ailing father than his long estranged friend.

    When the social reject and under achiever Max Dillion is transformed into Electro he is forced to search for a source of power to sustain himself; What better place than Time Square? He causes a scene and accidentally hurts people, when he’s rejected once more and treated as a freak he lashes out. Spider-Man fights him, is almost defeated, but Electro exhausts himself and seems to die.

    It turns out Harry has captured Electro and has also discovered Peter is truly Spider-Man. He consults his father who delivers the “not everyone has a happy ending line” then he recruits Electro to nab Pete in Queens. The two fight, Spider-Man is victorious and Electro is recalled by Harry against his will. Electro is angry he’s restrained and he’s still a nobody despite all of his power.

    The man in the Shadows enters Ravencroft (where Electro is being held on a lower level) and helps him to escape. Upon his release he lashes out on the guards, Harry, and also in the process frees the mobster from the car chase that the start of the film. The mobster finds the room where Electro was being held and the Rhino suit, steals it, and goes on a rampage.

    Spidey now has to take down both Electro and the Rhino, who would put Gwen in danger. He stashes her away in an attempt to protect her life, but ultimately this places her in the greatest danger. The many villains represent the embodiment of the danger Gwen could find herself in.

    A mortally wounded Harry uses the unstable serum they planned to use to cure Norman on himself after the breakout. He is transformed into the Green Goblin and with Oscorp now the clear source of all of the chaos, he is driven mad and goes on a rampage of his own.

    Peter manages to defeat the Rhino after a large destructive battle, then he goes for Electro who’s gone to a power plant to make himself unstoppable. The two have a climactic battle, where Peter is reminded of his own lessons of responsibility and humility he’s been ignoring. Max then seemingly dies and Peter swings home to victory.

    However his celebration is short lived as he learns his exploits left Gwen an open target for the maddened Harry Osborn, who takes her to the clock tower. Peter tries to reason with Harry but his madness is too great. Peter tries to subdue Osborn and rescue Gwen, but he throws her down the shaft. Desperately Peter shoots off a web to save her but the force of the fall snaps her neck. Devastated by his actions Peter wails on Harry, but in the end lets him live, as he knows that truly he could have prevented the entire scenario. The setting at the clock tower represents the sinking feeling you get when you make a large mistake and you know you can’t take it back. It makes the death sink in that much harder because the time continues to tick on, but only seconds ago she was alive. Most likely Gwen and the bridge will be teased but this will be her ultimate fate.

    Anyway I’m very hyped for this movie, so far it’s looking like a MAJOR improvement over the last!

  10. Harry Peter friendship. LOL!