Great New Spidey 2 Trailer Highlights What I Hate

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.


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International Spidey Posters Are Surprisingly Good

Sony Pictures has released three new posters for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but don’t look for them at theaters in the USA — these Electro-fying images are meant for the European market only.

Yes, again, some really cool posters will be reserved for territories other the USA, because studio marketing departments are convinced that American audiences will be confused by almost any graphic that isn’t blue-and-orange with floating heads — or featuring a superhero facing away from the camera and looking back over his shoulder.

Anyway, these posters show Spidey (Andrew Garfield) battling Electro (Jamie Foxx) in NYC’s Times Square.

Oh, well, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2.

Spider-Man Sequel’s Villain Is Blue

And, in this case, that’s pretty good. The sequel to last year’s The Amazing Spider-Man is now filming in New York, and the location work revealed that the main villain, Electro, will look more like the version seen in the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series, rather than the old green-and-yellow costumed baddie from the classic series.

Yes, that’s Oscar winner Jamie Foxx under all that latex and special lighting. (It seems the tiny lights that ring the hood and make Electro’s face glow will be digitally removed.)
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Spidey Reboot Reboots Repeat Villain

ccooperThe reimagined sequel to that reimagined superhero flick The Amazing Spider-Man has added another (potential) villain to the roster: Chris Cooper has signed to play industrialist Norman Osbourn, the man who eventually became the homicidal Green Goblin in the comic books and in Sam Raimi‘s trilogy.

The big question is if we’ll see the Goblin, or just Osbourn. After all, this sequel is already squeezing in a couple of major Spider-Man foes: Electro — played by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, and the Rhino, played by Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti. It there room for a third baddie, played by a third Academy Award heavyweight (Cooper won in 2002)?

Let’s hope that returning director Marc Webb has learned some lessons from previous superhero sequels that got bogged down with more and more and more villains, eventually practically squeezing the hero out of his own movie — and all too often losing his dignity.

The Amazing Spider-Man sequel — with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone also returning — opens May 2, 2014.

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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