What did we learn from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer?
We take a good look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer, and what clues it's given us about the movie...
He might be stuck in a world that doesn't feature the Avengers, but that doesn't stop Spider-Man being one of the definitive superheroes. The trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has hit the web (no pun intended) and with it, our first real glimpse of what we can expect from the follow-up to 2012's Mumblecore Spider-Man.
Whatever you thought of the first Amazing Spider-Man film, it did at least have a distinctive visual look, modern, a little sterile, and generally quite different from Raimi's almost cartoonish B-movie interpretation. This one, though, seems to be going in a more cartoonish direction, with a trailer's that's all neon and colour. We don't want to draw too many negative parallels, but the last time we saw a superhero film look this bright, it had a guy named Schumacher at the helm.
If It Ain't Broke…
One of the universally-agreed upon mistakes in The Amazing Spider-Man was that the altered version of Spidey's costume was, for the most part, a failure. There's a reason the classic design has endured since the 60s, and attempting to update it was a bad idea from day one. Thankfully, this is a lesson Sony appears to have learned, and we'd like to think it was a sense of respect and aesthetics that convinced them to go back to Ditko's look, rather than piles of shelf-warming merchandise.
The Os-born Identity
He's no James Franco, but Dane DeHaan should prove an entertaining Harry Osborn, embodying all the smarm and lack of charisma the character requires as the only kid around who's enough of an outcast to accept Peter Parker as his best friend. Rumours and leaks abound that this film will see Harry, rather than his father Norman, become the first Green Goblin and this trailer certainly doesn't contradict that theory.
Anyone who watched The Amazing Spider-Man probably noticed that a few of the plot threads seem to disappear without resolution about halfway through. Well, at least one of those stories is back – this trailer promises that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will show us a little bit more about what Peter's father was doing for Oscorp and may help explain why he and Peter's mother died in such mysterious circumstances. No word yet on whether Peter's still trying to track down his Uncle's killer, but maybe that'll be in the next trailer.
If you're the sort of person who thinks too many villains was the problem with the Batman movies of the late 90s (and there's certainly an argument to be made there) then this trailer probably isn't going to allay your fears. As well as Electro, the Rhino and some version of a Goblin character, this film also hints at future appearances by both Doctor Octopus and The Vulture. Are they background easter eggs? Or a hint that the Sony movies, without a set of licensed heroes to bring together, are aiming instead to group their villains instead? Start reading up on the Sinister Six, is all I'm saying.
Speaking of villains, we see a fair amount of Electro (reimagined in this film as someone who doesn't wear a goofy pointed face-mask) but only the barest glimpses of the Rhino. It's clear, though, that inspiration is being taken from the 'Ultimate' Rhino, a normal man who wears a mechanised Rhino suit. Not necessarily our preference, but much easier to make work on screen, we admit. Let's just hope they leave enough time to develop the villains properly. With any luck, someone will have realised that Spider-Man doesn't need a personal connection to everyone he fights, and that sometimes, using a villain sparing is better than trying to build an entire film around them.
"Stay away from my daughter"
Spider-Man's a hero. And being a hero means making sacrifices. Like, for example, honouring the dying wish of a man who asks you to stay away from his daughter, no matter how much you love her. On the other hand, would you be able to stay away from Emma Stone if she was into you? That's what I thought. Of course, anyone who's read a Spider-Man comic should know how Gwen's story ends, so maybe her father was right. Either way, that's a lesson Peter's going to have to learn the hard way. This film or next? Place your bets now…
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due for release on April 18th 2014.