Life is good for Peter Parker. He's had an entire movie to get through the initial teething problems of his powers, and as the new international trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 begins he finds himself loved by all as the hero of New York City. Best of all, he has a girlfriend who knows his secret identity and is (mostly) OK with his web-slinging ways.
As every superhero eventually learns, however, the higher you fly the further there is to fall, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will introduce a collection of new threats to test his limits. There's Electro himself, whose highly destructive electricity-based powers are shown tearing various pieces of Manhattan apart. There's Peter's friend Harry Osborn and his not-so-friendly supervillain counterpart Green Goblin. Rounding out the list of main adversaries in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Russian mobster Aleksei Sytsevich AKA The Rhino.
The sequel will also delve a little deeper into Peter's history and offer some new information about his past and heritage, with both Aunt May and Harry Osborn seemingly playing key roles in uncovering this mystery. Between this and the three (or more) villains being introduced, we're keeping our fingers crossed that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 won't suffer from Spider-Man 3 Syndrome.
The international trailer returns once again to the clock tower that appears to be the arena for a showdown between Spider-Man and Green Goblin. The fact that Gwen Stacey is also present has led to much speculation that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will recreate an iconic moment from the comics, but don't be too surprised if things play out a little differently in the adaptation.
The emphasis on Peter Parker's various enemies teaming up suggests that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will also act as a precursor to the upcoming Sinister Six spin-off movie. Combined with the Venom spin-off and the two additional Amazing Spider-Man sequels still to come after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, this means that in total there are four other movies in the franchise currently in development.
While ambitious, this isn't all that surprising; Spider-Man spins money as well as webs and the movies so far have made over $3.2 billion at the box office alone, taking the top spot as the #1 most lucrative property that Sony Pictures has ever owned.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May 2, 2014.
Source: Sony Pictures