New Spidey 2 Clip Is Actually — Fun?!

The latest clip released to tease The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is kinda comical, but it’s also the first really fun sequence I’ve seen from the sequel, due May 2.

In this bit, Spidey (Andrew Garfield) is chasing the future Rhino, Aleksei Sytsevich, (Paul Giamatti), who has hijacked a truck loaded with plutonium.

I can’t help noticing the filmmakers had the temerity to portray the plutonium as yellow cylinders instead of the traditional neon green. What risk-takers!

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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Spidey vs. the Hippo— er, Make That Rhino

I just stumbled upon these images of Andrew Garfield and Paul Giamatti taken during filming of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The photos show a fight scene between Spidey and a villain called the Rhino. The baddie will be a CGI construct, so Giamatti is lashed into the practical elements of the suit that will be gussied up later by the whiz kidz with the fancy computers.

According to a witness, the battle scene sees Spider-Man grab a megaphone to taunt Rhino as “a mechanized hippopotamus.” (That sounds like a very in-character taunt to me!) The spider-sequel opens May 2, 2014.

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.