2014 has officially begun, and to ring in the year Sony premiered a new clip from its upcoming Marvel sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Following an introduction by Spider-Man co-creator Stan "The Man" Lee, the footage shows Electro (played by Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx) paying a visit to Times Square, where he recharges (quite literally) and reigns destruction down on New York citizens - including, Peter Parker's costumed alter ego (Andrew Garfield), who unwittingly did his part to encourage his super-powered opponent's reckless behavior.
Of course, not even this New Year's Eve promo can get by without including a cameo by the hundred (or something like that) other villains that are going to show up in the Amazing Spider-Man sequel, including a Russian in a large mechanical suit (known as Rhino and played by Paul Giamatti) and a green-haired, hang-gliding menace who may well have a connection to OsCorp Industries - specifically, either head honcho Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) and/or his son Harry (Dane DeHaan).
Indeed, between developments in his regular life - graduating from high school, going to college, maintaining a relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) - and his increasingly full workload, it's safe to say that Electro is just the beginning of Pete's problems, as the most recent poster for the film reminds us.
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Amazing Spider-Man 2 ranks high on Screen Rant's Most Anticipated Movies of 2014, and with good reason. Following a first installment that retraced much of the origin story previously explored in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man - while director Marc Webb slowly got his feet wet in the big-budget filmmaking pool for the first time - the sequel will expand the series' mythos something fierce, paving the way for Amazing Spider-Man 3 (in addition to the long-awaited Venom movie and the anticipated Sinister Six feature).
Here is to hoping that Webb and his screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner - who are also writing the next Amazing Spider-Man installment - manage to pull off this juggling act, without dropping too many (if any) balls at the same time.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014.