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Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was assembled to function as more than a simple continuation of the (tweaked) Peter Parker superhero origin story recounted in its predecessor (starring Andrew Garfield as the webslinger); the sequel is also a stepping stone for an expansion of a live-action Spider-Man universe that will include spinoffs and additional sequels alike.
That's the reason for why the film's trailers have been jam-packed with content - the rise of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) continuing to pursue an ill-advised relationship, the mystery that is OsCorp and its connection to Pete's biological parents' disappearance - and yet still haven't been able to fully touch base on certain pivotal subplots (see: Pete and Gwen preparing to head off to college, Pete rekindling his friendship with childhood pal Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), and so forth).
After sitting through the first theatrical trailer and the Super Bowl preview, you might be hesitant to watch any more Amazing Spider-Man 2 clips, for fear of spoiling too much fun ahead of time. Fortunately, the latest trailer doesn't spill any additional secrets, nor provide new intriguing tidbits or secrets from the sequel, but instead splices together scene excerpts and footage already featured in previous Spider-Man promos.
That may not sound exciting to hardcore fans who've viewed every Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer, clip and/or featurette released thus far, but really - at this stage, do any of you truly want to know that much more, ahead of sitting down to watch the actual movie?
Director Marc Webb went through some growing pains while making the first Amazing Spider-Man installment, as a result of him being new to the world of big-budget filmmaking (and maintaining his creativity within the Hollywood studio system). However, with the sequel, Webb's direction and visual sensibilities appear to be more confident and refined; between the vibrant colors and improvements in shot choice selections from cinematographer Daniel Mindel (Star Trek Into Darkness), this film certainly looks like a proper living and breathing cinematic rendition of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book universe (as our editors discussed in a recent trailer breakdown video).
Question is, will Webb and his excellent cast be aided or let down by the Amazing Spider-Man 2 script, considering just how many balls writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe) - who drew from James Vanderbilt's (White House Down) initial draft/story treatment - had to juggle, in order to deliver a satisfying stand-alone narrative. As ever, we'll hope for the best, especially with our expectations for the future of this franchise riding so much on what happens with the second chapter.
Be sure and let us know in the comments section what your current outlook towards the Amazing Spider-Man sequel is, based upon your impressions of the footage that's been unveiled thus far.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.