Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is sandwiched between two other major superhero movies arriving in 2014 – Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past – similar to how its predecessor arrived on the heels of The Avengers, but only a few weeks before The Dark Knight Rises was unleashed in theaters, back in 2012.
The trailers for the Cap sequel and X-Men present-day trilogy/First Class crossover were unveiled in front of Thor: The Dark World earlier this month, but Sony held back on the trailer for the Amazing Spider-Man sequel (lest it get lost in the shuffle). Instead, moviegoers will get their first look at the ongoing adventures of Peter Parker (now played by Andrew Garfield) in December, ahead of the last wave of tentpoles and blockbusters to crash into theaters before 2013 finishes its run.
Director Marc Webb displayed his knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Dwarvish (or his ability to use a translator, anyway), when he coded a message on Twitter, which revealed that the Amazing Spider-Man 2 teaser trailer is going to debut in theaters with Peter Jackson’s next Middle-earth installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, on December 13th. However, on the official Amazing Spider-Man Facebook page, Sony has announced that the TASM2 trailer will drop on December 5th (after a trailer preview airs during Good Morning America earlier in the day).
A sizzle reel/trailer for Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man sequel was featured at the film’s 2013 International Comic-Con panel, where the Hall H crowd was given a sneak peek at the movie’s supporting characters and most intriguing subplots. To be exact: the same ones that’ve given rise to much speculation about what foundation-laying for later films will take place in the sequel (see: Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, pushing Oscorp’s scientists to find a way to save his dying father, Norman (played by Chris Cooper)).
The main focus in the Comic-Con preview was on the fight between Spidey and Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx), which has also been the focal point of the film’s marketing campaign thus far. Indeed, even with all the talk about how Amazing Spider-Man 2 might expand the Spidey cinematic universe to include spinoffs down the line, it’s best not to forget: this sequel still has to answer a number of questions left unsettled by the end of the first installment.
Fortunately, the writers on Amazing Spider-Man 2 – screen story writer James Vanderbilt (Amazing Spider-Man) and script writers Jeff Pinkner (Fringe), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) – have acknowledged that they need to tie off dangling plot threads from the first movie, before they continue on forward. Hopefully, everyone will be okay with how the sequel places things on the table for Amazing Spider-Man 3, considering that the same writers are coming back for Part 3.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (possibly re-titled The Amazing Spider-Man: Rise of Electro) opens in theaters on May 2nd, 2014.