We’ve seen so much footage and promotional material from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that at this point it would be naive to believe you’re going to get many surprises or twists in this second chapter of the untold story of Peter Parker. Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Harry Osborn’s Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) will all be battling Spidey in the film, with the fate of Peter’s missing parents and Harry’s ailing father serving as the overarching frame of the story.
Beyond that, we know that the next installment of the series, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, will likely see the Web-Head battling up to half a dozen foes (The Sinister Six), allowing director Marc Webb to finish his trilogy arc in spectacular fashion (pun). So, all that’s really left for the present time is sitting back to see if Amazing Spider-Man 2 will truly be an improvement on the (barely passable) first film.
While many fans probably think that this “Final Trailer” promotion is but the cherry on an ice cream sundae of overexposure, there are some merits to it; namely, the improved visual effects rendering, which look less like a video game and more like what you want to see in blockbuster Spider-Man flick. The initial trailers for ASM2 indeed looked like cut scenes from a video game whenever Spidey and Electro were going at it, but this latest string of previews has a darker, more tactile feel to its CGI, which makes all the difference in the world.
The filmmakers also seem to be done with trying to sell fans on the idea that Jamie Foxx’s Electro is the crux of the story. Electro was always a questionable choice for a main villain arc, and the more we began to scrutinize and examine Dane DeHaan’s role as Harry Osborn, the clearer it seemed to become that this movie was going to be more about fathers and sons and legacy than it was about a goofy janitor who gets electrical powers and runs amok.
In these latest trailers, the attempts at misdirection seem to be done, and the filmmakers seem to be embracing the richness of the Peter/Harry conflict as a primary hook of their movie. Wise move, in my humble opinion…
Though it may give away even more great moments or hints of what’s in store, this is the version of Amazing Spider-Man 2 that has me excited about the prospect of grabbing a theater seat and a pair of 3D glasses and enjoying a good time with one of my favorite superheroes.
…Now stop giving things away and just show us the movie, already!
UPDATE: We were also invited to a screening of 20 minutes of Amazing Spider-Man 2 footage. Check the link below for what we saw.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.
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