Sure, by this point - after so many trailers, featurettes and images being traded all over the Web - even casual moviegoers may feel like they've pretty much seen everything that Amazing Spider-Man 2 has to offer - but that's not necessarily true. The future of the Spider-Man movieverse has already been paved with promises of The Sinister Six and Venom, meaning that this second chapter already pales in comparison to those epic showdowns to come.
While the threat of Electro (Jamie Foxx) was a moderate draw, and the inclusion of the Ultimate universe version of Rhino (a thug in a mechsuit) was a bit of a disappointment, there has been a third villain waiting in the wings, who could be the biggest x-factor in the sequel's story: The Green Goblin.
After months of speculation during production (instigated by cryptic teaser images released by director Marc Webb), we were finally able to confirm that new Harry Osborn Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) will indeed be suiting up as the new Goblin. Additional promo posters and trailers further corroborated this, but how much Goblin we'd be getting - and how important he is, or is not, to the main plot - remained to be seen.
Check out the latest Amazing Spider-Man 2 image, featuring classic foes Spider-Man and The Green Goblin battling it out again:
Now, the curious thing about this scene is that it seems to occur at a point when Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is also in major peril. (POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW):
We've already analyzed the fact that in the pic above, Gwen Stacy is wearing the iconic outfit from her original death scene in the comics - a death that occurs as collateral damage in the battle between Spider-Man and The Green Goblin. So far, the cast and filmmakers have played it coy about whether or not Gwen meets her demise in this version of the story, but certain breadcrumbs are being sprinkled throughout the marketing materials.
Previous trailers include Peter Parker's rumination on the ideas that because of Spider-Man new and more dangerous foes will arise (Goblin), and that no matter what he does, someone near him may end up getting hurt (Gwen). A Superbowl teaser for the film also featured a sequence (pictured above) where Spider-Man must catch Gwen from free-fall, confirming the girl WILL be in the crosshairs of the battle. Even when we spoke to director Marc Webb (video below), he hinted that a theme of the film could be not having enough time - and given that the Spidey vs. Goblin battle seemingly occurs in a big clock tower structure, maybe Webb was being a bit more on-the-nose than we thought?
It could all be misdirection meant to throw fans off the real scent, but if this is truly The Dark Knight of Spider-Man movies (and more and more it seems that way), then the brutal death of a major love interest is almost part of the program, nowadays.
We'll find out when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters on May 2, 2014.
Source: Total Film