The trailers keep coming for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and, like the others, this one includes some new footage along with covering a lot of familiar ground. With the May 2 release date fast approaching, I’m wondering if we’re starting to encroach on seeing all of the action — certainly the biggest set pieces — spoiled in the previews. At this point, I feel like all we need is a few scenes of exposition, and we’ve got the whole flick.
The action looks undeniably exciting and well-done, but with each new trailer I can’t help noticing the stuff that I don’t like; and what I dislike, I dislike a lot!
- First and foremost, portraying the Rhino as an escapee from a Transformers flick. I doubt even the brilliant Paul Giamatti can rescue this mangled character, which has been completely ruined “improved” for the big screen.
- Making Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) parents secret agents or super scientists or whatever the heck they turn out to be. Making Pete’s parents special makes him special — especially if the first movie’s hints about Dad experimenting on Peter pan out. Spider-Man’s appeal lies in his everyman civilian identity: hard-luck nerd Peter Parker, who gets tortured by jocks and ignored by girls. He’s nobody special; except that he is — secretly. And therein lies the wish-fulfillment of the Spider-Man fan that connects him to his hero: The idea that everyone would love me if they could only see the real me, the secret me, who is actually cool.
- Harry Osborn looking 12 years old. Dane DeHaan (who is actually 28 years old!) was really creepy as an out-of-control high school kid in 2012’s Chronicle, but he looked like a high school kid there. Unless TASM2 points out that Harry is a freshman, I’m just going to laugh when he pretends to be the head of Oscorp Industries.
- Too many villains. As moviegoers, we know that superhero flicks with too many bad guys flat-out suck — see Batman and Robin, Spider-Man 3 — and along comes The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Electro (Jamie Foxx), Rhino, Green Goblin (whoever is wearing the suit), and hints about including Dr. Octopus and Vulture! The only acceptable way I can see to include so many members of Spidey’s rogues gallery is to just say the Hell with it and toss in Kraven the Hunter and end the movie on a cliff-hanger: Spider-Man confronted by the united Sinister Six. Then the next movie can be just one long battle.
Now that would be an action-packed sequel to get excited about!