Sony has spent the last week hyping the official trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and it’s here at last.

As you can see, the battle between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx) is almost a footnote in the first theatrical preview, with the main attraction being what Pete uncovers about his long-gone father’s (Campbell Scott) research for Oscorp Industries – and what the return of Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) heralds for our intrepid web-slinging hero.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Spider-Man story without dealing with Pete’s attempts to juggle the responsibilities of his everyday life with being a superhero and having to constantly deal with new threats, be they glorified lab experiments gone (Wrong? Right?) or Russian Mafia enforcers (Paul Giamatti) wielding machines guns and high-tech Rhino robot suits. No wonder his girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) acts casual about the police raining gunfire down on Pete; by his standards, that’s practically a slow day at work.

For more, check out these images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (via USA Today):

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The official synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reminds us that all of Spidey’s enemies – be they the newly-transformed Green Goblin or the mysterious figure who paid Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) a visit in his jail cell in the Amazing Spider-Man mid-credits sequence (who makes a brief appearance in the trailer) – have a very important quality in common: their connection to Oscorp, Richard Parker’s old work place.

Indeed, as the sequel’s co-screenwriter Alex Kurtzman previously explained, the second installment is not only focused on expanding the series’ mythos, but also probing deeper into Peter’s issues about his past, which were left (intentionally) unresolved in the first movie. If Kurtzman and co-writers Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe) prove able to tie all these elements together, then Amazing Spider-Man 2 could be quite the satisfying comic book movie sequel (and, dare I say, maybe the best Spider-Man film released to date).

Director Marc Webb, on his end, looks to have delivered a superhero movie that is bigger and better than his previous entry in the genre on seemingly every level (storytelling, acting, visual style, etc.). Most importantly, he seems to have gotten a better handle on how to blend the human core of the film – Pete’s quest to find a sense of identity and deal with life as a young adult – with the requisite 3D effects and blockbuster spectacle, compared to his work on the first Amazing Spider-Man installment.

Plus, the best may be yet to come, as certain Easter Eggs in the trailer (Who else caught the Vulture wings and Doc Ock’s arms in the Oscorp hallway?) allude to more exciting developments in the future. On that note: those “rumors” about a Sinister Six villain team-up somewhere down the line are starting to look more like fact, at this point…

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

Source: USA Today