Marvel Studios hit it big at the box office, by uniting multiple superheroes onscreen in The Avengers. That game-changing result was directly responsible for Marvel's decision to significantly increase the budget for Iron Man 3 (from $140 million to $200 million); not to mention, it inspired Fox and director Bryan Singer to adapt the challenging X-Men: Days of Future Past comic book storyline.
Similarly, Sony and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb are hoping to knock one out of the ballpark, with the sequel to their (mostly) successful Spider-Man movie franchise reboot. However, just like there's reason to worry about Days of Future Past featuring too many mutants for one movie, the sheer number of antagonists and/or future baddies in Amazing Spider-Man 2 has prompted concern (and with good reason).
MTV caught up with Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci - who also co-wrote this month's Star Trek Into Darkness - and decided to ask the pair about that concern, especially in the aftermath of Spider-Man 3 (an installment where the antagonist Venom was, essentially, shoehorned into a story that was already quite busy).
Here's what Kurtzman had to say, on that subject:
"I think you have to go into it and say, 'is this character essential to the story or are you just throwing him in for no reason whatsoever', [and] we would never, ever, ever dare to do anything other than what felt like it was organic to the flow of the story."
Amazing Spider-Man 2's antagonists include Electro (Jamie Foxx), in addition to Paul Giamtti as Rhino; meanwhile, Chris Cooper will portray Norman Osborn - who may evolve into Green Goblin in a future Spidey movie - and Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines) is playing his son, Harry, who could very well become one of Spidey's foes down the line.
We're still waiting to learn how all these characters fit into the overarching story; that's especially true for Rhino and the possible residents of the Ravencroft Institute (basically, Arkham Asylum for the Spider-Man universe) who could show up. However, Kurtzman promises they're being included for important, creatively-motivated reasons:
"[A] lot of consideration has been given to the structure of ['The Amazing Spider-Man 2'] so, hopefully, when you see it, you'll get the big picture."
Are you worried that Amazing Spider-Man 2 might feel too crammed-full, when all is said and done? Do you like the theory that Webb's sequel is laying groundwork for an eventual appearance by the Sinister Six, in a future movie? As always, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014.