The Amazing Spider-Man 2 news round-up

News Simon Brew 3 Dec 2013 - 06:26

Ahead of this Thursday's launch of the first trailer, here's our round-up of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 news...

As you may already know, this Thursday, Sony is launching the maiden trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It's doing that thing of releasing trailers for the trailer at the moment (something we've long since banned from the site), but that aside, we're intrigued to see just how director Marc Webb's sequel is going to shape up.

There are a few other bits and bobs surrounding the film that have popped up too, and so we figured we'd round them up here.

Firstly, a brand new synopsis for the movie has been released. You can read that right here:

"We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp".

We're going to get spoiler-y now. Not the kind of spoiler that's likely to have not been revealed before the film's release (in fact, we'd be surprised if it lasts the week), but we'll veer on the safe side and spoiler mark this anyway.

Still here? Well, some shots have been doing the rounds of the first poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and they show two things. Firstly, that the Green Goblin is in the movie. And secondly, the Goblin is being played by Dane DeHaan.

DeHaan plays Harry Osborn in the new film, and it had been assumed that if the Goblin was to turn up again, he'd be in the guise of Norman Osborn first. That may yet be the case, but it's definitely DeHaan pictured as the character on the poster, as you can see below.

Furthermore, Coming Soon reports that Chris Cooper, who was set to play Norman Osborn in the film, has been left off the latest official cast list issued by Sony. Might he, along with Shailene Woodley, have been cut out of the film?

We'd imagine some more clues will pop up in Thursday's trailer. In the meantime, here's that picture of the new Goblin...

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Really enjoyed the last film, Looking forward to this one

And me. I thought Garfield did a fantastic job as Parker, better than Tobey Maguire by a long shot. There was always something just slightly off with his performance to me.

Yeah i much prefer Garfield as Parker, I enjoyed the Sam Raimi trilogy but the latest Spider man film was better than all three of those imo so i have high hopes for the new ones

goblin looks like hes escaped from the Labyrinth on a hover board from highlander 2

Sorry, I just can't get excited for this at all. The latest spiderman film franchise Nuked The Fridge for me when all of the crane operators in New York decided to team uptogether to get Spidey to his destination in the last film.

I'd be surprised if Cooper was cut from the film, because not only was he shown in the Comic-Con trailer but he also (seemed) to appear in the leaked Teaser Trailer.
His part is probably far more of a supporting one that sets up Norman for the next film, which is why like Felicity Jones and Martin Sheen he wasn't named in the starring cast.

Not nearly as bad as everyone on the Subway seeing Spidey without a mask and promising to keep his secret in Raimi's second film, or the New Yorkers throwing trash at the Goblin to stop him attacking Spidey in 1. Or any number of moments in 3...Yes that moment was ridiculous, but ASM is hardly the only one at fault here for the 'New York helps Spidey' moments.

So long as it doesn't look like that silly hovering snow board from Spidey 3 I'm happy. The glider in Spidey 1 was awesome, it seemed like such a step backwards in Spidey 3. Same goes for the costume. GG in Spidey 1 was great. Spidey 3... not so much...

Despite the fact I thort this film was about the formation/rise of The Sinister Six (a group which the Goblin is not part of if they're putting the oridge line-up on screen) I think DeHaan'll make a really good villain. I love it when Dane Dehaan acts madness - it was a highlight in Chronicle and he'll probably pull it off agen maybe even avoidN being same-old same-old.

Yes Garfield makes a better Parker/Spider Man but I genuinely thort the first film was a little bit weak, the team and actors have really got to bring it concerning the next one.

it had its good and bad points, far from perfect! I am hoping the improvements that are needed have been implemented

Yeah definitely far from perfect, but a enjoyable film overall

I'm disappointed by the inclusion of Green Goblin or any other extra villain for that matter. They are putting far too many villains in again, repeating the historical mistakes of other hero movie series, including Spider-Man 3. Electro on his own would have been enough. A fleeting appearance from Rhino I could have tolerated. But now Gobbie's been thrown in for good measure? WTF? Multi-villain sequels have ALWAYS been a let-down, in both DC and Marvel universes. They never, never learn. :-(

It was a very bad moment of that movie but nowhere near as the 'dancing' scene in SM3.

LOL @ Highlander 2 comparison, haha

Having Harry as the GG in the Spectacular Spiderman cartoon worked well, and they may have decided to adopt that plotline for the same reason that the cartoon did (too little time passed since having Norman as GG in a movie; need to shake it up a bit to avoid being predictable).

In movie form it also works better dramatically. With Norman as GG you know exactly what will happen (spiderman will beat, probably accidentally kill, GG). Make it Spiderman's best friend and there's a lot more room for a story.


Another one? Dude, it wasn't the villain overload that ruined Spider-Man 3, it was the way they were handled. " Multi-villain sequels have ALWAYS been a let-down, in both DC and Marvel universes." So far only two movies I can think of from that are SM3 and Batman and Robin. Lots of superhero movies had multiple villains and turned out great, like The Dark Knight trilogy. Quit using Spider-Man 3 as a scapegoat and use common sense. Gobby most likely won't appear until the very end, considering there were absolutely no set photos of any actor in that make up (at least not released to the public), and they already said Rhino will be a minor villain...


Am I the only person who thinks the Goblin photo above looks more like Andrew Garfield and not adeHaan? If so, could be a real twisty.

The Lizard wasn't in the original Sinister Six either - but he appeared in the last movie. Rhino, who is due to appear, wasn't in the original Sinister Six. Kraven the Hunter & mysterio were though - and i'd be surprised if they show up in the series (don't think they'd be visually interesting enough).

Why is everyone fixating on the Green Goblin? Rather than re-invent the character, might Webb have gone for the Hobgoblin? This would hopefully generate less direct comparison with the previous trilogy of Spidey films.

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