Rumors about Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) getting a slight costume makeover in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were accompanied shortly by confirmation from director Marc Webb. He later revealed an image of mask lens with curled upper-corners resembling the webslinger's classic comic book design (illustrated by Steve Ditko), as well as the character's more contemporary "Ultimate Spider-Man" comic book appearance.
There was some discrepancy over similarities to masks worn by other Spider-Man characters (including, a villain rumored to be introduced in Webb's sequel), but we now have confirmation those are part of Pete's re-designed duds. We should get to see other elements, like the "gnarly webshooters" Webb promised, soon enough - especially if security on set is as lax as its predecessor's.
Here is the superhero's mask in Amazing Spider-Man 2:
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Pete has motivation for upgrading his gear, for reasons beyond Lizard shredding his previous costume during their showdown. He's facing, at least, two foes this round, including the admiring spectator Max Dillion (Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx) who becomes Electro and Oscar-nominee Paul Giamatti playing that dangerous genetic experiment known as Rhino.
Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) also joins the party as Pete's old friend Harry Osborn, a role for which the actor informed the New York Times "Right now it’s just about getting all my work done and bulking up a little bit. I’ll start shooting fairly soon in New York." He went on to clarify:
"I work out incredibly intensely six days a week and I eat every two hours. Mostly proteins and veggies. I consume at least 3,000 calories a day. I’ve already gained seven pounds in six weeks!... It is [a lot] for me! I weigh more right now than I’ve ever weighed in my whole life. I’ve always constantly had trouble putting on weight, so it’s actually a whole lot for me."
Before the actor signed on, Sony was eying candidates with "athleticism and good looks" for the role, possibly explaining DeHaan sculpting his physique. But would a more conventionally attractive Harry have more (or less) reason to be jealous of Pete? And could those feelings eventually manifest themselves as something terrible (re: a Harry Osborn Venom storyline) somewhere down the line? Just some food for thought...
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb based on a screenplay from Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinker, with a first draft by James Vanderbilt. Andrew Garfield stars with Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore and Sally Field.
Look for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swinging into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.