If you included all three of the Sam Raimi films along with Amazing Spider-Man that might...might...explain why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is so progressively insane. As first trailers go, this one does not disappoint. Everything is crazypants and Spider-Man is here.
Damn. No wonder they cut Mary Jane out of the movie. IT’S A LITTLE BUSY.
Let’s take a closer look at what the trailer reveals. I’ve assembled some screencaps below, some of which I think constitute at least one MAJOR SPOILER for those unfamiliar with the Spider-Man mythos. (Don’t worry, they’re down near the bottom.) Gaze at your own peril!
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Look, it’s Eisenberg’s! This car crunch was filmed right outside the Tor.com offices. See how it looked in real life. Also, that's actually MJ in the diner, not Gwen.
This screencap also isn’t really relevant to the plot but isn’t this whole car-flip-save sequence totally sick? These are the kinds of weird parkour acrobatics that make me wish I could swing around like Spider-Man.
We got our first look at the Rhino, too, which appears to be mostly be Paul Giamatti hiding inside of a robot.
Giamatti takes a machine gun to Peter over in DUMBO. This whole thing probably started as an argument over the bill at ReBar.
Nice one, Sony Pictures marketing department. The “Follow The Daily Bugle on Tumblr!” nails the faded look of the myriad of graffiti and ads on the buildings that line the Manhattan Bridge on Water St. The Tumblr, by the way, just went live with an “interview” of cagey robot-maker Spencer Smythe.
It’s also possible that in the movie The Daily Bugle is actually headquartered in that building. It wouldn’t be the first NYC news outlet to set up shop there.
Elsewhere in the trailer it looks like the Rhino fight moves to Park Avenue. For some reason this shot makes me want to yell “Pizza to the head!”
“So aside from his ever-present halo of electricity and weird crackly blue skin, how do we communicate to the audience that this man named Electro has lightning powers?”
“Ummm, let’s put a tank of electric eels in the foreground of the establishing shot!”
Electro’s Times Square attack looks kind of like that Ultimate Spider-Man video game. The top image in this post shows a second location at a transformer station near a bridge. Not sure if those are one attack or two separate ones.
I never noticed it in the promo photos for the movie, but that panel on the side of Electro’s head is all bulgy and creepy.
He’s also not the only character to have it. The Goblin has an implant, too.
The bags under the eyes match Harry’s face. AND. It explains his weird haircut/wig. How else would he be able to obscure the flippin’ plate in his head?
Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn certainly looks like a guy who would put a mind control plate in his son’s head.
It also explains why the hair is so different once he’s gone Full Goblin.
The trailer also shows him up opening up some weird secret chambers. Six sinister chambers.
OCTOPUS ARMS! (And Vulture wings!) This has me so excited. I also love the notion that Richard Parker and Norman probably collaborated on these robotic devices until Norman moved on to bio-engineering, employing the Lizard, creating Electro, and so on.
This is our only shot so far of Felicity Jones as (rumored) Felicia Hardy.
“Sorry Peter, we can’t send you to college. Your dad blew all our money on BUYING AN ABANDONED SUBWAY STATION AND INSTALLING A LAB UNDERNEATH IT. Also, you’re Spider-Man.”
“Also your dad was a scientist and a pilot and an ass-kicker.”
Look at Peter’s adorable little kindergarten friend! If someone namedrops the kid as “Miles Morales” I will flip out.
Spider-Man and the Goblin face off in what looks like a weird old clock tower and oh my god oh my god....
Gwen’s there, too. Wearing the outfit she wears on the day she dies.
Oh no. Peter who are you trying to save from falling WHO IS IT DON’T SAY GWEN.
Okay, to try and cheer us up let’s enlarge and rotate the panel Harry shows Peter because it is FULL OF SECRETS.
There are references to the movie’s villains in here, but also to Morbius, Dr. Octopus, Venom, and more!
Amazing Spider-Man 2 thwips into theaters on May 4th.
Chris Lough would love a Spider-Man movie that doesn't try to kill the girlfriend. Just once.