The level of intrigue surrounding The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been kept relatively high thanks to the cast and crew (and a few paparazzo) sharing small peeks behind the curtain of director Marc Webb's sequel to his (semi-)successful franchise reboot. The first film was basically a re-tread of the Spider-Man origin story told in director Sam Raimi's 2002 film; needless to say, some new material is being demanded from the sequel.
...And so far it looks as though we're going to get it. With new villains (Electro and The Rhino... so far), a more classic costume, some iconic sights scene around the set - and today, some new characters and costume details - Amazing Spider-Man 2 is indeed distinguishing itself.
Multiple Spider-Man Costumes?
Spider-Man fanboys everywhere recently breathed a sigh of relief when it was revealed that Amazing Spider-Man 2 would feature a more classic Spider-Man costume design. While some people (like myself) were perfectly fine with the updated costume used in the first film, others were more... critical of the change.
Those same critics are therefore going to be further aggravated by the news that Spidey will be going through a wardrobe change in the film; the costume from Amazing Spider-Man 1 will still be present (before?)(after?) we see the new (classical) design. This much was revealed by William Spencer (via Spider-Man News), who is the stunt double for Spider-Man/Peter Parker actor, Andrew Garfield:
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@talhahl yeah it is buddy
— William Spencer (@Iwilliamspencer) March 22, 2013
This will certainly cause even more speculation regarding why Spidey switches outfits during the course of the film - and whether or not there could be more costume surprises in store. For instance: could that previous image Webb tweeted indeed be Spidey's black symbiote suit that leads to the birth of Venom? Or would that be too much for one movie?
Villain Prison: More Ravencroft Images
One of the more fun tidbits to be revealed thus far is the inclusion of The Ravencroft Institute in the film. In the comics, Ravencroft was a prison/psychiatric ward for hardened criminals - including famous Spider-Man villains like Cletus Kasady, the man who would become Venom's psycho-symbiote offspring, Carnage.
Well, Marc Webb recently revealed the Ravencroft set piece in a twitter photo, and he's since revealed more details about it - including the costumes of the security personnel that guard the place, and an authoritative figure played by Colm Feore, who comic book movie fans will remember as the actor who played the Frost Giant king in Thor:
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The Feore image was actually revealed first, creating a mystery about the strange logo on the wall pictured above - a mystery soon resolved when the same logo (bearing the name "Ravencroft Institute") appeared in the image of the security guard (which Webb himself confirmed as "Security").
My guess? Feore plays some sort of Ravencroft official - possibly a warden of sorts. Other sites speculate that he is in fact a villain, up to no good in this particular shot, but I'm not there yet. For awhile it was speculated that the actor was playing the new Norman Osborn (until Chris Cooper was confirmed for that role) - the same the type of over-speculation that hounded news of his Thor casting, until we learned his role in that film was minor at best. Don't be surprised if he plays little more than a supporting role in ASM2, as well.
As for the villain cameos that could possibly be waiting just beyond the frames of those Ravencroft images? Your guess is as good as ours. Hopefully they're pretty sweet.
If you haven’t seen them, check out these other pics:
- Is this a Venom Tease?
- The Raven Croft Institute
- Oscorp's Mysterious new Machine
- The New Spidey (Classic) Costume
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