Today marks day 53 of filming on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and if you were a fan of the first film then you should definitely be following Marc Webb’s Twitter account. The director, returning to the rebooted franchise after the critical and commerical success of last year’s Amazing Spider-Man, and has been tweeting a new photo for every day of the shoot, which is taking place in Long Beach, NY and other New York locations. Many of Webb’s sneak peeks can be parsed to garner hints about what might be coming – though others appear to be false herrings.
Though it’s still possible that we’ll see the return of Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors some time in the future, Webb has a whole host of villains – both potential and confirmed – lined up to square off against Spider-Man. Earlier images have teased a significant set-piece taking place inside the Ravencroft Institute, a maximum security insane asylum designed to contain inmates of a criminally superpowered nature. One such inmate (in the comics at least) was Maxwell Dillon, AKA Electro, a humble engineer who found himself able to manipulate electricity after a freak accident on a power line.
Last week we got a first look at Jamie Foxx as Electro, and now Marc Webb has revealed his appearance as plain old Max Dillon, sporting a very bad combover and some very big glasses. Tweeted yesterday and captioned simply, “My name is Max,” the new image shows Foxx in front of a large poster bearing Spider-Man’s face underneath some Japanese characters (the title of the poster is partially concealed, but the Japanese word for “spider” is just visible). There is another picture of Spider-Man visible in the background, but otherwise it’s difficult to make out exactly where this scene is taking place. Any guesses as to what might be going on?
The Daily Mail has also published some photos of Foxx on set, apparently shooting the scene where Max heads to a very fateful day at work. His badge reveals that he works for Oscorp in the movie, rather than the local electric company, so it’s possible that we might see some variation from the comic books in the sequence where he gets his powers.
From the bottom rung of Oscorp’s employee structure, let’s now head to the top. Dane DeHaan - who gained superpowers of his own in Josh Trank and Max Landis’ Chronicle, and can currently be seen alongside Ryan Gosling in crime drama The Place Beyond The Pines - apparently underwent intense training and a high-calorie diet in order to bulk up for the role of Harry Osborn. It’s unclear at this point whether the athletic look is purely cosmetic or whether, as has been hinted, they’re planning to set up Harry as Spider-Man’s foe, Venom.
It’s difficult to see his new physique under this heavy coat and scarf, but DeHaan certainly looks the part of the rich-but-unhappy heir to the Oscorp throne in this new still, which gives us our first look at him in the role. DeHaan tweeted this image earlier today, giving himself the title of “The #Amazing Harry Osborn”.
We’ve yet to see any images of Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, the other main villain for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, though it’s almost certain that we’ll get a look at him before filming is complete. In the meantime, here’s a Photoshop artist’s impression of what he might look like, courtesy of The Superficial.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 lands in theaters on May 2, 2014.