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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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If I were forced to name my favorite comic book movie of all time, I think it would be a close call between “X-Men 2” (2003) and Sam Raimi’s original “Spider-Man” (2002), with “Spider-Man” slightly edging it. Sure, it was cheesy at times, but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw Spider-Man swinging through the streets of New York.
Fast-forward five years, and the sight of an emo Peter Parker disco dancing his way through the streets of New York pretty much killed the franchise. Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire tried to make “Spider-Man 4,” but creative differences led to Raimi’s departure and Marc Webb rebooting the series as “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012), which was essentially the same film as Raimi’s original, but this time Peter Parker rode a skateboard.
However, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will see Spider-Man face off against some of his most formidable foes yet, in the shape of Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti), who both seem to be connected in some way to the Oscorp organization.
Andrew Garfield returns as Spider-Man and Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy. Dane DeHaan of “Chronicle” (2012) fame completes the cast as Harry Osborn.
One of the biggest problems with “Spider-Man 3” (2007) was that it tried to include too many characters. So the alarm bells started ringing when the new trailer included not only Electro and The Rhino, but also Harry Osborn, who is the Green Goblin. There were also hints at the inclusion of the Sinister Six, which may well be nods to future films, but it’s still a risky decision to include all these characters, considering how this strategy backfired spectacularly in “Spider-Man 3.” I’m guessing Fox is feeling pretty confident, as “The Amazing Spider-Man” 3 and 4 have already been announced. So, as long as the film is a box office success, we’ll be seeing a lot more of the web slinger in the near future.