New Spidey 2 International Trailer

This international trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t in English, but you don’t need the words to see what’s going on: a lot of rehashed footage, but also a lot of new action —  including fighting with the Green Goblin.

Is it just me, or does Spider-Man have a new favorite weapon that he likes to deploy whenever possible: the manhole cover?

ASM2 opens on May 2.

See the 3rd ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Trailer

The latest trailer from Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks a lot like the second trailer, but it does have a smattering of new footage:

My favorite new bit is when Gwen yells, “Peter!” and then clamps her hand over her mouth.

In case you want to relive the first trailer, click  here.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (It looks like Sony is sticking with that title) opens May 2.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Casting Update

jamiefoxxelectro1It’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.

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Gwen vs. the Lizard

This is an exciting little clip from the forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, featuring Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy and the Lizard.

What I like about it especially is that while it shows Gwen is no shrinking violet waiting to be rescued by Spider-Man, she’s not an idiot, either. Her first thought is for the “antidote,” and her second is for the employees of (presumably) OsCorp, rather than herself. (Maybe she’s counting on Spidey to rescue her, who knows?) Closing the fire-suppression doors was a smart move — and she must have known the lab employed a (mostly) non-toxic Halon 1301 system.

The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3.

Full-length Spidey costume image!

Hmmm… not sure how I feel about this full-body image of Spider-Man from the reboot movie. It looks kind of like a CGI image to me, but it’s a real guy in a suit. Word is post-production imaging magic will be used to tweak the look of the outfit, a la the infamous Green Lantern costume.

Note the silver thing on Spidey’s left wrist: It’s a web shooter. This version of Spider-Man will employ the traditional mechanical web shooters, instead of making them “organic,” like the last movie series. There seem to be quite a few stripes and splotches of color all over the uniform, so it is clearly more different from the last movie costume than it first appeared to be. As for the bits of silver on his boots… well, who knows? They could be some kind of marker for the special-effects team, or maybe his boots just have silver bits.

As a bonus, here’s an older photo from the set, showing Andrew Garfield in his Peter Parker guise with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. I know one thing: His hair looks pretty ridiculous. I don’t really know much about Garfield, since I haven’t seen The Social Network yet, but I do know Stone can be funny (See Superbad) and she looks great as a platinum blonde. I also thought she was excellent in Zombieland. (See my review of Zombieland.) Stone said she’s signed up for a couple of Spider-Man movies, so maybe Gwen won’t meet the same fate as her comic book incarnation. At least, not in the first flick.

Let me know what you think about the costume, Garfield, Stone, his hair, her hair…or anything else about the movie.

Webb of Intrigue: Spidey’s New Director

Marc Webb

So there’s a new director at the helm of the Spider-Man movie franchise: Marc Webb (no pun intended), whose (500) Days of Summer made such a splash last year, is taking the reins from genre fave Sam Raimi. Some reports indicate that Webb has signed to make a trilogy of films for Columbia.

First of all, a round of applause for all of Raimi’s hard work and creativity. His first two Spidey films were great fun, and the second is certainly one of my favorite superhero films to date; it will go down in cinema history as a classic. The third installment? Well… not so much. Spider-Man 3 fell into the textbook trap of how to ruin a superhero movie: overstuff it with everything (including the kitchen sink) you can lay hands on. So, the less said about that, the better. Let’s remember Alfred Molina’s stirring turn as Dr. Octopus, and Spidey’s heroic rescue of the runaway commuter train in Spider-Man 2.
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