‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Extended Footage Spoilers: The Big Reveals

Published 7 months ago by , Updated April 21st, 2014 at 7:24 am,

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Opening Act

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Director Marc Webb told us in an interview that the first shot of this film would be a ticking clock, foreshadowing the sequel’s overall theme of time (and not having enough). He wasn’t lying, but he neglected to mention that the clock is actually a watch belonging to Peter Parker’s father, Richard Parker (actor Campbell Scott, not the Bengal tiger).

Webb and screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinker waste no more time on “the untold story” of Peter Parker’s parents; we see in quick montage how Richard Parker experimented with “special spiders” at Oscorp, and witness the night when he decided to defect from the corrupt corporation before his research could be used for evil. We re-visit the scene of Richard and his wife Mary (Embeth Davidtz) leaving young Peter with Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) –  this time from Richard’s perspective.

Cut to Richard and Mary fleeing on a Learjet, accepting exile and a life on the run from Oscorp, only to be attacked by an assassin mid-flight. It’s a pretty brutal and touching sequence, as Richard and Mary work together to violently battle the assailant, ultimately giving their lives in order to transmit important data about Oscorp to a secure location. The sequence ends with the plane plummeting down in flames, filling up the screen as we cut to…

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…Spider-Man’s insignia on a black screen, seamlessly transforming into that shot from the trailers of the blackness morphing into a rear shot of Spidey as he’s plummeting through the air. (NOTE: The wind-ripple effects on his costume, the web-slinging, and 1st person perspective shots are alone worth a 3D ticket price.)

The epic entrance swings right into an action sequence of Spider-Man and a fleet of NYC cop cars taking down Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti) and his thugs, who are breaking into an Oscorp truck to steal a radioactive isotope. Frazzled Oscorp employee Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) is nearly run down by Sytsevich, but is saved by Spidey, thereby setting up their relationship. Peter also mistakes a random cop for the dead Captain Stacy (Dennis Leary in a cameo), setting up that thread as well.

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With some impressive acrobatics (and sick visual effects) Spider-Man stops the robbers and recovers the isotopes, allowing Peter Parker to arrive just in time to his high school graduation, as his name is called. This Peter is clearly more confident and cocky, both inside and outside of the mask – brazen enough to kiss valedictorian Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) right on stage in front of everybody.

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Scene #1: Times Square Battle

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Director Marc Webb revealed that this scene occurs after graduation, when Peter and Gwen have not seen each other for a year (they’ve tried to honor Gwen’s dad’s wishes, or something). After Gwen calls, Peter meets her in the city and though the pair discuss trying to be friends, the sparks are clearly still there (it gets real adorable). Suddenly, Gwen drops the bomb that she’s possibly moving to Europe. Peter is left speechless (for once), saved only by the fact that his Spidey-sense starts tingling.

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Cut to Max Dillon, now Electro, stumbling down a street of cars, slowly learning his new powers as he absorbs electrical charge from headlights and such. When Electro gets to Times Square, all hell breaks loose with the police. But the cops are no match for Electro’s godlike energy powers; thankfully, Spider-Man is in the neighborhood.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 really begins to impress in this battle between Spidey and Electro. It’s just impressive stuff visually, conceptually, and Jamie Foxx knows how to portray a compelling villain. Electro’s sight allows him to see in “electric current vision,” and the filmmakers make smart (and pretty accurate) use of physics to show just how dangerous a guy made of electricity would be when it comes to conducting lethal amounts of electricity through rails, metal grates or… webs.

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Juxtaposed to “Electro-vision” is Spider-Man’s new spider-sense, which is basically bullet-time. True to the comics, Peter’s big brain is forced to come up with some impossible tactics and feats on-the-fly to keep dozens of people from getting zapped – and though it can seem like a watching turn-based RGP battles at some points, it’s generally a very clever realization of Spider-Man’s powers.

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The combination of Electro physics and Spidey’s senses and abilities makes the fight sequence something more compelling than normal choreography and loud explosions (although there ARE some pretty impressive explosions, as well). Ultimately, Spidey brings down Electro with help from the FDNY and a fire hose, and in the midst of the rubble that was Times Square, he and Gwen must face one another, and acknowledge the massive dilemma they’re facing.

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Scene #2: Harry Osborn’s Plan

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In the more revealing segment screened, we finally get a real look at the deeper character of Harry Osborn in this version of the Spider-Man movie universe. In the scene, Dane DeHaan’s face looks like he’s already been through a losing battle with Spider-Man as the Green Goblin; the scene opens with the erratic young man breaking into Electro’s stasis chamber within what is presumably The Ravencroft Institute (a super criminal jail).

In a telling exchange of dialogue, it’s shown that Max and Oscorp have beef over a power grid Max designed that he feels the company stole. Harry uses that leverage to recruit Electro as muscle to help him break into Oscorp. Out of context we don’t know why, but something Harry has done has gotten him banned from his father’s company – and he’s not taking that slight sitting down.

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Even though Electro hates Harry, he agrees to help out of mutual desire to get revenge on both Oscorp and Spider-Man – and the pride he feels at being needed by Harry. As guards storm the room, Harry provides Electro with a zap from a taser to activate his powers. Electro disintegrates into the air and literally burns through all of the guards in the room, killing them instantly (you can see a smoking, gaping hole in one guy’s chest). Electro re-forms his body, Dr. Manhattan-style, and imprisons Ravencroft director Dr. Kafka (Marton Csokas) in a sadistic electric-shock contraption, before he and Harry set out to wreak havoc.

Cue the montage of teaser footage.

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Conclusions

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1. Harry Osborn is going to be the real evil mastermind of this film (sort of a Jekyll/Hyde character); Electro seems far more sympathetic by comparison. However, what is interesting is that this version of Harry doesn’t seem to be cowing to his father, Norman (Chris Cooper); if anything, he seems to be trying to usurp the throne. That’s a welcome deviation from the doting son version of Harry that James Franco played. (Having Goblin Jr. go crazy now also leaves the door open for a full-fledged Norman Osborn Goblin to come in Amazing Spider-Man 3).

2. This sequel wastes no time getting to the heart of the mystery behind Peter’s parents and Oscorp’s experiments.  Even with all the revelations about Harry and Electro, it seems we’re only getting part of the story the full film will offer. Sinister Six could be truly epic to behold.

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3. The Peter/Gwen relationship doesn’t necessarily need to end with Gwen’s death like in the comics – her leaving Peter’s life would be just as devastating. Still… nothing gets them teary-eyed like a good death scene, and Emma Stone has the chops for it…

4. Visually, the film is on a level no other Spider-Man can claim. So far, this is as good as live-action Spider-Man gets. The 3D makes for a better Spidey experience, so consider investing in the upgraded ticket (or check the trailer below in 3D if you have a chance. Then decide for yourself).

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FINAL TRAILER

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  1. Sounds great. Especially the improved effects. Shows that people need to wait until the final product is finished to judge.

    Apart from Doc Ock, I didn’t care for SM2 like most did, but I can see this being my favorite cbm and Spiderman movie to date.

  2. Sounds like some serious oversell here guys. Hope you enjoy the money Sony have thrown in your direction to give this overzealous review.

    • ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh this guy

    • Just shut up. Is it so hard to believe its actually just a good, solid spidey film?

    • It’s a conspiracy, OverSell. There’s no way it’s a good movie, right?

    • So far I’ve read 3 websites that spoke more of the same manner (and each usually have a different perspective for many CBMs), so I don’t think it’s ‘oversell’. Still, it’s not the end product, the director obviously showed their best scenes to please the journalist, but hey… noone’s forcing you to watch this if you don’t feel like it.

    • @Oversell – Well let’s see, the last time Kofi “oversold” a movie was Avatar, and we know how THAT turned out…complete bomb, right?

      Get over yourself.

      Paul

  3. @ KOFI, when you say the 3D is no joke, save the extra money… Are you saying to save your money because it is a joke OR to save your money to spend it on the 3D ticket because the 3d is kick ass?

    Just wondering cuz that got me a little confused, I assume you mean the latter because you stated at the beginning that the 3D sequence @ the start of the film was worth the 3D ticket price! But again just wanting a little clarification.

    OH YEAH, Great article also Kofi! I cant wait to see this. THANKS

    • The 3D is great, except for the price of the ticket (must be pricey where he goes).

    • he meant save the extra money and spend it on this. like save in your piggy bank.

  4. I finally get to the Goblin’s glider, it’s unlike anything the movie predecessor have.
    Dane DeHaan is deliciously evil.
    I’ll see it both in 2D and 3D

  5. Captain America 2, Godzilla, ASM 2, X Men…am I missing any others? I’ll probably see Transformers too since my dad is fond of them and it looks pretty good in trailers. Oh yeah, Guardians of the Galaxy…damn they’re taking all of my money.

  6. MMM….not too bad, actually. And did I see Octopus arms and Vulture wings in those Oscorp cells?

    • yes. those were Doc Ock and Vulture references

  7. Surprisingly, this is the 3rd entertainment website that has released preview-review that actually made me really curious about this movie… rather than any of the actual trailer itself. Watching the trailers (yes, those many), didn’t manage to make me want to watch this in theatre, but reading these reviews actually worked! I might give it a shot if the time and condition is right by the time the movie is out here… thanks for the review!

  8. Why does everything have to be about Robots, First we have the Rhino as a Transformer, then the Goblins Armor is more like a robotic suit rather then an incarnated goblin with a purple hood and purple clothes, then we have the Vulture wings appearing robotic, the vulture is not a robot, he is a human being incarnated into a vulture same with the Rhino people or fans want to get the feel of the real thing like what they did with the lizard in the first film i thought that lizard was great thats exactly what needs to happen with the vulture and Rhino, i really hope they do a good job on the Sinister Six movie

    • I think they’re going for more of a “grounded-in-reality” as much as they can with super-hero movies these days, and most Marvel movies seem to lean towards the “Ultimate” universe in which I know the Rhino is basically a guy in a mech suit. As far as the others (Green Goblin and Vulture) I guess they’re going for the realistic approach, the Green Goblin’s suit probably has strength enhancing attributes (ie: GI Joe 1) and the Vulture is most likely an anti-grav harness. But that’s just my (geek) opinion

  9. Yeah! Two for two. Yet another EXTRA CLICK post by screenrant! Are those ad bucks coming in fast enough yet? C’mon, up the ante. Why not just make us change pages every sentence or so? How else am I supposed to know which insurance to buy, which game console is best, or which car to drive?

    • @greg tarpin

      People like you are hilarious. We recently converted about 90% of our multi-page posts to single-page posts and only use single page format for all features and lists – in order to make readers like you happier.

      The ONLY time we do multi-page posts now is as a SPOILER wall, so that only the people who CHOOSE TO CLICK THROUGH end up seeing the spoilers. (Again, in order to make the reader experience fair and happy for everyone.)

      You sound like a troll, greg, so I don’t expect you to see reason here. You’re just tragically ironically funny is all.

      • Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t… Someone is always going to find something to complain about

        Kofi, there are lots of us out here who do understand where your coming from, and are thankful for what you guys do, many of whom don’t comment on the threads. You guys have mentioned in the podcast your new multi-page formats, many of us get it and appreciate it!

      • I’ve noticed how you guys have changed your reactions to comments like this. I love it. It goes back to me sayinjg multiple times that this what makes me come back to this site, is that you guys actually interact with people and call out people on things. You aren’t going to make everyone happy but you guys listen to people, when they are making valid arguments, and fix things where you can. And Kofi, you never fail to make me laugh at your random, sometimes stupid as hell, comments(thats a compliment). Keep it up.

    • @greg tarpin – Is your poor little finger tired from pushing down on the button?

      No one is making you click and there are plenty of other sites out there that either put the spoiler in the title of the post, make you click several times to read small pieces of info or throw pop-up or pop-under ads in your face (which we DON’T do). You’re more than welcome to enjoy that experience.

      Paul