Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found them to be endlessly fascinating.
I was a little ambivalent about the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. I thought it did a pretty good job of setting its own tone, in order to distinguish itself from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy that had only recently ended. Director Mark Webb gave it an indie feel, and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone really helped sell the idea of this new Spider-Man. I was less interested in the conspiracy background involving Peter Parker’s parents, which I thought was distracting and just a little too much for the movie. Overall, it was not bad but certainly not great.
Suffice to say, I’m still undecided as to whether or not I want to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters. And I’m not sure whether this first trailer has made me any more likely to see it. Take a look below, and read on for my thoughts:
The trailer opens with a shot of Spider-Man falling from an insane height. Unlike Superman, Spidey generally spent his time between the ground and the tops of buildings, never rising much higher, so I guess Peter Parker is just testing his webbing to see how high he can launch himself, sort of like the daredevil kid on the playground seeing how high he can get on the swings.
We get some quick shots of Spider-Man saving people, while he narrates that “Every day I wake up knowing that the more people I try to save, the more enemies I will try to make, and it’s just a matter of time until I face those with more power than I can overcome.” He spends a lot of time perched atop buildings, looking moodily out over the city. It’s obvious the stakes are going to be higher for Spider-Man this time around, and presumably the drama will be too.
That line about the enemies he will face is really what this trailer is all about. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems to be jam packed with villains, some of whom we’ve seen in other movie versions of Spider-Man and others who are major bad guys from the comics. First up is the Rhino, seen here in a mechanical suit that seems to be giving him his powers from the comics.
The Rhino is played by Paul Giamatti, one of the great character actors of our time. In this incarnation he’s a Russian gangster but it’s unknown at this time where he got the fancy mechanical suit from.
Next up we get a look at the updated version of Harry Osborn, played this time around by Dane DeHaan (James Franco played the role in the Sam Raimi trilogy). In the comics, Peter Parker and Harry Osborn are best friends, though Harry seems mostly like a douche in the trailer. He also has some truly horrible hair, that makes Toby Maguire’s emo look from the horrible Spider-Man 3 look almost reasonable. Harry’s father, Norman, is being played by Chris Cooper.
We then delve further into the conspiracy as Peter unearths a secret base in a subway car under an abandoned subway station that contains recordings from his father about nefarious goings-on at Oscorp. It seems Oscorp is up to no good, and is developing all kinds of technologies that can only mean something bad. Perhaps this is where the Rhino gets his suit. We get a look at a few of them as we follow the mysterious man from the post-credits scene of The Amazing Spider-Man, including two that some of you might recognize.
We see a little bit of the formation of Electro, played by Jamie Foxx. I got the impression that Oscorp was helping to create him, but I can’t be sure. Electro is one of the big villains of the Spider-Man universe, so I will be interested to see how they pull him off in the film. I like Jamie Foxx, even if he’s almost unrecognizable under the makeup and effects.
The end of the trailer is full of action sequences, including some hints that Harry Osborn will become the Green Goblin at some point during the movie. We definitely see Spider-Man fighting someone with the Goblin glider, though from the way the effects look it’s hard to tell whether this is supposed to be Harry or not.
Electro is still the main villain of the piece, however, and much of the final portion of the trailer is devoted to him. We see him shooting electricity, Sith Lord-style, as well as flying/levitating.
The final shot of the trailer is a long, swooping battle segment between Spider-Man and Electro, who teleports from one location to another as Spidey flees.
In all, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems to be much more action packed than the first film, and is full to the brim with enemies for Peter Parker to face. It’s interesting, because this new series doesn’t seem to be following the previous Spider-Man trilogy, which waited for its third film before throwing more than one villain at a time at Spider-Man. The result of which was by far the worst film of that trilogy which effectively killed off any possibility of more films in that line. Hopefully The Amazing Spider-Man 2 can do better. After all, Spider-Man 2 was the best film of that trilogy, and one of the best superhero films of all time. However, that movie was also an intense, pathos-filled exploration of what it means to be a hero, rather than an action extravaganza. I think future trailers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will have to focus a lot more on the human drama side of things in order to impress me.
What do you think? Does The Amazing Spider-Man 2 look good to you? Did you enjoy the first one? Would you liked to have seen more from Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in the trailer? What do you think of the smorgasbord of villains Spidey is facing? Are you sad that Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson was cut from the film? Let me know in the comments!