It’s been a while since I’ve checked in on the upcoming sequel to this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man, so let’s catch up on the major developments since the beautiful and talented Shailene Woodley was cast as bombshell Mary Jane Watson.
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has agreed to play the villain, Electro. This is great on several levels: Foxx is a great actor and Electro is a fine pick from Spidey’s rogues gallery. His power (controlling electricity) is very visual – and since lightning/electricity is one of the easiest special effects to render – heck, the Emperor was zapping everyone with Force lightning way back in 1983’s Return of the Jedi! – I expect the battles with Electro to be absolutely spectacular. But what are the chances that Foxx will wear Electro’s classic mask, with the lightning bolts shooting out of his face? (Not good, I suspect…) Perhaps the best thing about this casting is that Foxx seems really into the role:
“Electro is a great character. I met with the director, Mark Webb, I met with Andrew Garfield [Spider-Man], and we talked…. I think Electro will be an exciting character to play because he’s a… genius electrician-type person, and he gets the short end of the stick from the whole world, and the next thing you know he turns it on.
In far more questionable move, the filmmakers have decided to shoehorn Harry Osborne into this movie. I think this movie is already crowded enough without adding another character – especially one who’s supposed to be sorta sketchy and shady. TASM2 has to remind viewers about the returning characters from the first movie, and then introduce Mary Jane and Maxwell Dillon/Electro. That’s enough. Perhaps the producers will just hint at his Green Goblin legacy and leave the evil-doing for the next movie. The worst move the producers of TASM2 could make is to overstuff the flick with villains and detract from the Gwen/Peter/Mary Jane and Spider-Man/Electro dynamics.
Well, anyway, Harry is in, and the-powers-that-be have cast Dane DeHaan from Chronicle as Harry. DeHaan did a good job as the character who… adapted to superpowers sooner than his buddies in Chronicle, but the problem I have is his youth. Apparently, TPTB want Harry Osborn to look 12 years old. I know Peter and the gang are supposed to be in high school, but Garfield’s Peter and Emma Stone’s Gwen “read” as much older than high school; DeHaan comes across as much younger than that. It could be a problem.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (working title) is due in theaters May 2, 2014, so they better get filming!