‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Gets a New Official Plot Synopsis

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When you separate The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from all the anticipation and rumor-mongering about just how many super-powered baddies will make an appearance in the sequel, the film is actually a pretty straightforward coming of (young adult) age story. Well, under fantastical circumstances, anyway.

That fact has gotten lost in the fray of late, but with good reason. A triptych poster for Amazing Spider-Man 2 was spotted just last week, featuring Spider-Man enemies Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti) – with character designs modeled after their counterparts in the modernized Ultimate Spider-Man comic book continuity – alongside a new version of the Green Goblin. But which member of the Osborn clan undergoes the transformation from human to hu-goblin in the film?

Early signs point to Harry Osborn, with rising star Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Kill Your Darlings) sliding into the role that was previously occupied by James Franco in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie trilogy. While the newly-unveiled official synopsis for Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t confirm this, it certainly doesn’t refute the theory either.

Read the new plot blurb for the Amazing Spider-Man sequel:

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

Chris Cooper, who is taking over the Norman Osborn role after Willem Dafoe’s gloriously cartoonishly sinister version in Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, is not included in the updated cast list for Amazing Spider-Man 2. However, Bleeding Cool has offered its assurances that this is not because the character has been put on the chopping block, like what happened to Shailene Woodley (Divergent), who filmed scenes as Mary Jane Watson for the sequel that’ve since been cut.

As further evidence of that: it was literally a week ago when Cooper further teased Norman’s “extremely odd introduction” in Amazing Spider-Man 2, as the setup for him to play a more significant role in the proceedings in the third installment. So, on the off-chance (read: highly unlikely chance) that the Oscar-winning actor has been cut, then it’s probably news to him.

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In addition, the revised cast list for Amazing Spider-Man 2 includes Embeth Davidtz and Campbell Scott, who played Pete’s biological parents Mary and Richard Parker in director Marc Webb’s first installment.

It would be appropriate for them to return through flashbacks (?), since the sequel will continue to unravel the mystery left unresolved by the conclusion of its predecessor (i.e. what happened to the Parker parents so many years ago and why Oscorp has long kept a careful eye on Pete).

Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-writer Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek Into Darkness) previously offered the following, with regard to how the sequel will tie up those dangling plot threads from the first movie:

“Well, it’s interesting because the first movie asks all these questions and what I loved about it in so many ways is that it didn’t answer them. So part of what we were drawn to and intrigued by was wanting to know the answers to a lot of those questions. So the villains emerge from the a lot of unanswered questions at the end of that movie and none of them are random at all, they are all tied together by a theme, an idea, and I think they come from our curiosity about what was going on in the life of Peter Parker and his parents.”

Andrew Garfield has likewise expressed an interest in digging deeper into the element of Peter’s psyche (i.e. his orphan mentality) that comes from his foggy past, having said – before production began on the sequel – that “I wanna keep exploring that theme of being fatherless, being motherless, searching for purpose and [Pete] finding a purpose within himself, being a self-made man” in Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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The concern right now is that Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be too overloaded with villains – and preoccupied with setting up developments for later installments – to do justice by the basic Peter Parker story being told in this film.

Still, best to keep in mind that Kurtzman and his Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-writers Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner have proven adept at telling earnest human stories through the lens of genre tropes in the past, be it the over the top supernatural horror/procedural of the Sleepy Hollow TV series, the expansive sci-fi mythology of Fringe, or even the vast amount of Autobot/Decepticon backstory introduced in the original Transformers movie.

In other words: best not to dismiss this film as Spider-Man 3 all over again this early in the game, especially with the first trailer set to debut online in a matter of days.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

Source: Columbia Pictures [via Bleeding Cool]

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  1. Osborne was not cut. He is in the Russia Official Trailer. He’s not going to be cut either.

    • Plus there was no Synopsis…Did I miss something?

  2. [quote]telling earnest human stories through the lens of genre tropes in the past, be it [...] the expansive sci-fi mythology of Fringe[/quote]

    You gotta be kidding, right? Fringe, the show where they rebooted their characters’ personalities twice? What human story? :D

  3. I don’t get why people complain about all the villains. Sure, Spiderman 3 didn’t handle the multiple villain scenario well, but nobody complained about The Dark Knight films having multiple villains. Yes, I’m aware that Webb is no Nolan, but who’s to say he won’t be able to maintain enough balance with the characters to make it work?

    • lol… crediting nolan for writing. all he did was direct.

      • He directed and wrote all his Dark Knight films.

      • He and his brother writes all of his movies.

    • I complain about the villains in Dark Knight. All the time.

  4. @ Matt Keith People complain because it’s the internet. Plus like you said they are afraid of another Spiderman 3. Web did fine with the first film and will do great with the second.

    • Yup, I got use to the internet now. People think that if nobody can actually see them, they can spread all their irrational hate and whining.

      • Exactly and it’s a huge reason I don’t have much hope for society if people act the way they do due to the anonymity of the internet. I hate people who are arrogant, insulting and abusive yet the internet is full of exactly those kinds of people.

        • Yeah, and the internet smells too. Like farts and beef jerky. Wait no, that’s just me.

        • Just pointing out, you just insulted all the arrogant, abusive, insulting people,so…you’re one of em’. Hey look! I insulted myself too! I guess I’m arrogant,abusive and insulting! :P

  5. I think that they will surely Answer some Questions in the Second movie, however, I feel like there will be more unanswered questions that they will be leaving hanging for the third movie. :)
    Hmm! I wonder who kills Gwen… Too many Possibilities with so Many Villains…

  6. Well in Ultimate and the animated show his parents had SHIELD ties, which would be an awesome way to connect to the Avengers MCU, but that probably won’t happen.

    Spiderman is a smaller scale than the other Avengers (sticks mainly to NY and is still in High School), so they could relatively easily fit him in without requiring an appearance or crossover in other Marvel movies, but it likely still won’t happen.

    This movie could tie EVERYTHING together though, between his parents ties to SHIELD, and Electro’s connection to STARK INDUSTRIES and Magneto, but it would be too much to fold Fox’s Universe in.

    • “Well in Ultimate and the animated show his parents had SHIELD ties, which would be an awesome way to connect to the Avengers MCU, but that probably won’t happen.”

      Especially considering the Spider-Man rights belong to Sony. I think when Marvel was trying to work with Sony to get the Oscorp building to appear in The Avengers, was part of a plan to try to get the Spider-Man rights back.

      • The Oscorp building rumor is sort of what inspired this idea. In the Earths Mightiest Heroes animated show, for example, Spider-Man shows up briefly on occasion. He just exists within NY city and doesn’t have the money/means to really transport anywhere not connected to NY by skyscrapers, so it’s easy to separate the universes.

        It’s not likely to happen at all, it would just be a cool nod to have minor crossovers considering the Amazing Spider Man universe doesn’t pose the same scale conflict issues as X-Men.

  7. Peter Potter

  8. If I remember the comics corectley…in the amazing line peters parents were basicly slave scientists for red skull. But maybe they will go all the way with this and we find out that that man talking to connors at the end of the first one was actualy jackle and peter is really a clone and they bring in ben riley. Do the clone saga and sinister six…leave venom alone.

  9. This will be good. And I hope the makers dont forget about Venom and Carnage though…

  10. So, Kurtzman is like me then, preferring to not have every question answered within the space of a single movie to help open the door for more stories in future. I can imagine those who complained about a “lack of answers” in the first movie will suddenly do an about-face and agree with what Kurtzman said now.

  11. I’m clearly in the minority of viewers who liked SM3. It was a little soap opera-y, sure, but it fit the tone Raimi wanted, I thought. The last Batman had way too many villains and bizarre subplot, yet no one gets onto those movies for the exact same thing.
    Webb did very well with the original, he will surely do well with the sequel

    • Me personally, I hated Spiderman 3 because the whole tone of it was campy and silly, which I didn’t mind so much because the previous two had been camp and cheesy too, almost like Raimi intended for his Spiderman trilogy to look like an expensive B-movie with bad acting and poor dialogue.

      Then he was forced to add Venom and did it in a way that killed the character’s menace and just wasn’t right for the tone of the trilogy.

      TDKR, I enjoyed it because I thought the main plot and the subplots were well written, as were the villains, who were also played with a certain gravitas that just fit what Nolan was going for.

      Bane came across as a legit threat and Talia was shown as a clever, scheming villain, even if the rest of her scenes beyond the plot twist revealing her true identity downplayed her villainy due to them having to resolve the plot quickly to avoid making it a 3 hour movie.

      • I thought SM3 was ‘okay’ but I hated TDKR, so many careless mistakes, and Bane wasn’t even Bane at all! It was just as bad as the Mandarin’s twist. Even though I still like IM3

        • There was no twist in TDKR. People saw what was coming as soon as Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon- Levitt were cast.

    • Amnesia! Two movies of tension wiped away with amnesia. Come on. Harry v. Peter should have been an epic showdown. It was not. Why, you may ask. AMNESIA!

  12. List of films that feature more than 2 villains:

    Batman Returns: Catwoman, The Penguin and Christopher Walker
    Batman Begins: The Mob (Carmine Falcone), Scarecrow, Rah’s Al Ghul
    The Dark Knight: The Mob again (particularly Maroni), The Joker and Two Face
    By the way, it’s just me or Batman has something with more than 3 villains? Back to the list.
    Iron Man 2: US Government, Whiplash and Justin Hammer
    The Incredible Hulk: General Ross, Abomination and Samuel Stern
    If we consider that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will appear as villains, then The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    It’s not usual, but it’s not a sign that the movie will fail that it has more than 3 villains. Hell, the problem with Spiderman 3 is that all of them were supposed to be main villains. Mark Webb said it: Electro is the main villain and Rhino is a minor character.

    • Scarlet With and Quicksilver are going to be Avengers.

    • The problem with Spiderman 3 was they built up the tension of Harry and Peter facing off…and killed it with amnesia. Also, they retconned Uncle Ben’s death.

      • Did you not watch the rest of the movie? Harry gets his memory back, him and Peter fight in his penthouse ending with Peter throwing a Pumpkin bomb at Harry’s face. If that’s not a satisfying payoff, I don’t know what is.

        Also Uncle Ben’s death wasn’t retconned, it was expanded. Retcon would mean they changed how he died, brought him back to life, or something totally out of the blue. Revealing his true (accidental) killer is hardly that.

        • Not satisfying at all. Harry hired Doc Ock to capture Spidey. I expected more for the climsc of this feud.

          They retconned the origin of Spiderman by changing Ben’s death. Spidey could have stopped the killer but he didn’t so the great power line held a lot of weight. The new version made Peter helpless for stopping it, so why should he continue his superhero ways?

          • *climax -stupid giant thumbs on my phone :)

          • Like what? What would’ve made you satisfied? They both fight on top of the Empire State building with lighting in the background?

            With Ben’s “new” death, he tried going after him in the new version. But forgave him instead of killing him in the end; now THAT’S great responsibility over great power.

    • When people think of Multiple villains in CBMs they think of people with super powers. Not the case.

  13. A few years back, people were concerned about Webb’s lack of experience and the first film rebooting the series. Now, they are concerned about too many villains and focusing on developing future installments. And to you who are concerned, I say this: “as long as we don’t get amnesia and a dance intermission, we will win.”

  14. *shrugs*

    We’ll see how this one plays out. I don’t think it’ll end up like Spiderman 3. The only thing I fear is that they’re putting way too much on Oscorp. Not all the villains had something to do with Oscorp.

    I truly hope we see more of Ravencroft and hopefully something on Venom or Carnage. Whoever the symbiot takes as a host.

    • Every villain has to do with Oscorp, come on. Plus Marc Webb is simply trying to cope with Peter’s background story, A troubled boy who tries to find his past, while Oscorp and villains keep it from him because it will make them look bad. It’s not that bad of a story lad.

  15. The problem with the Spider-man reboot is that they have lame looking villains. For example; Rhino is literally a mechanical running on four legs (They turned him into the rhino from Ace Ventura), Electro…does not really look bad but he also does not look good, and Harry Osborn as the Green goblin looks really really lame (He looks like Sam Rami’s version). I’m kinda disappointed :( I hoped that they would at least have a Goblin mask but this…I can’t even…Ugh!

  16. I just hope there are no reboots or ending of this Spiderman story without Carnage. I felt cheated by the original because If you kill Venom then you can have no Caenage.

  17. thats superb, nd the movie is also superb