All right, so over the course of this blog’s lifespan, it has probably become apparent that I’m a pretty diehard Spider-Man fan. That being the case, I can’t help but feel compelled to leave my thoughts on the new trailer. Makes sense, right? Right.
By “new trailer,” I’m of course referring to the new Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer, released earlier today. Now that the messy and tedious reboot business is out of the way – or in other words, we don’t need to go through the origin story again – Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a movie that really has room to do some interesting and creative new stuff with the Spider-Man mythos.
I’ll admit, Amazing Spider-Man was a movie that really surprised me; while I initially wrote it off, it ended up being a pretty good Spidey flick, with several moments of greatness. Sure, it wasn’t anywhere near the first two Sam Raimi movies – and I still think that redoing the origin was unnecessary – but the movie turned out well, and left a lot of room for an even better sequel.
So, how about that sequel?
While I don’t think that it makes much sense to do a thorough review and analysis of a two minute trailer, today’s release does give us some ideas on where this movie might be going. So, on that note, here’s my thoughts:
- Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are still fantastic. Great chemistry.
- The costume? Possibly the best Spider-Man costume yet on film. Love those big eyes.
- The plot. Looking good, looking good. While following up on many seeds planted in the first film, the plot here seems a great deal more interesting. The mystery surrounding Peter’s parents is still the primary thrust of the story, and it seems that Oscorp is being set up as the ultimate antagonist of this series of Spider-Man movies. By that, I mean that we can likely expect that all of the villains in this series will be Oscorp creations, which is a path similar to the one taken by the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series.
- On that note, there’s a brief scene which shows both Vulture’s wings and Doctor Octopus’ tentacles in the background, implying that these will be future villains developed by Oscorp. While this is a cool shot, it does raise some dilemmas. Now, the idea of Vulture makes sense; if they’re planning on doing the Sinister Six in a future film, then Vulture has always been more of a follower than a leader, and Adrian Toomes’ origin story isn’t particularly complex. But Doc Ock? See, the problem is that Ock is far too powerful, independent and intelligent an antagonist to serve as a mere henchman for Norman Osborn’s corporation. If that’s the only way they can fit him into this series, it would probably be better to leave him out. Really, it’d be pretty damn hard to beat Spider-Man 2’s masterful depiction of the character, anyway.
- The tone. While very different from the bittersweet, Stan Lee-inspired feeling of Raimi’s movies, this trailer continues the edgier, more rebellious Ultimate Spider-Man-like tone of the first film.
- Not sure how I feel about this Harry Osborn/Green Goblin business. Having Harry be the Goblin before Norman seems like a weird twist, but I’ll wait and see how it plays out. We already had a pretty faithful depiction of the Goblin legacy in the last trilogy, so I can understand the desire to switch it up a bit this time around.
- On the other hand, Electro looks absolutely amazing. Between the inspired casting of Jamie Foxx, the sure-to-be-spectacular special effects and the tremendous cinematic potential of the character himself – a tortured, self-doubting loser who is suddenly given the powers of a god – I’m betting that Electro will be this movie’s showstopper, and other than Andrew’s Peter, he’s probably the part of the movie that I’m looking forward to the most.
That’s all for now. We’ll see how the finished film turns out next summer, but so far, it’s looking good.