Since the mysterious post-credits scene at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man it's becoming increasingly clear that director Marc Webb's vision of the Spidey film universe will introduce a variation of the infamous Sinister Six from Marvel Comics, a team-up of villains that plays into the film's tagline, "his greatest battle begins." And by begins, we now know what Sony is telling audiences thanks to today's release of the first official full-length Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer which not only gives more face time to Jamie Foxx's Electro, but introduces and teases many other major characters from the books.
At this point it's a guessing game when it comes to how significant the supporting roles are for some of the new cast members, from Colm Feore to BJ Novak. From the sheer amount of marketing surrounding Electro, it's clear that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx's role is that of the main villain, but as Marc Webb revealed today, there are "many adversaries that Spider-Man will have to face."
In a series of video interview snippets with Total Film, Webb along with cast members Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan, help explain what fans witnessed today in the Spidey 2 trailer. The highlights include tidbits on how some of the scenes were shot and what we can expect from story arcs, but the most interesting discussion comes with the new adversaries being introduced in the sequel - including Rhino, Vulture and Doctor Octopus.
On the controversial re-imagining of Rhino, Webb explains how and why the character may work in comic or animated art, but doesn't necessarily work in the real, physical world. They still wanted the large beast in there but his origins are "only teased in the movie." That's something we've known for a while since Rhino will return for the sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Webb does confirm that the Rhino suit, while "majestic and quite powerful," is something we can believe is built by Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti).
Continuing on the topic of villains, there's an exciting and revealing shot of a dark figure walking by suits designed for Doc Ock and Vulture, and Webb explains that OsCorp is - or is on its way to becoming - an "evil empire" and is the source for these new super-powered enemies Spider-Man must fight. As to why they're all after Spidey, we don't quite know, but it likely has to do with the shady origins of the science and tech firm and the yet-to-be-explained backstory behind Peter Parker's parents and their disappearance. Some of that is teased in the trailer as well.
Excited to see the Spider-Man universe blow wide open next May or does the trailer appear as if they're introducing too much too soon?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May 2, 2014.
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Source: Total Film
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