With this year’s Oscars out of the way, Hollywood is back in the swing of moviemaking! Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence dyed her hair brown to do some Catching Fire reshoots, while newly redheaded Shailene Woodley joined the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 shooting on the mean streets of New York City.
Some fans bristle at set photos because they fear they give too much away, but rest assured that these shots don’t spoil anything. Instead, you get your first look at Mary Jane Watson! Not to mention Andrew Garfield in Spidey’s improved suit.
Sony Pictures recently released the official summary for the sequel:
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy — between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough.
Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away — but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
Interestingly, there’s no mention of Mary Jane in the synopsis, though popular opinion is that she’ll come in at the very end of the movie after (spoiler!) Gwen Stacy likely bites the dust. But Woodley was all over the NYC set of “London Calling,” as the production is code-named.
It’s unclear if Woodley is in-costume or just chilling between takes. Personally, I’m kind of digging the leather jacket. I know that Mary Jane was originally presented as a girl-next-door kind of love interest for Peter, but Gwen kind of took on that persona in the first movie. I’d be interested in seeing MJ be too cool for school in contrast to Peter and Gwen’s awkwardly cute flirtation.
Speaking of Peter, Andrew Garfield was spotted hanging around in his new Spidey suit:
The Spider-Man costume looks mostly the same, with a few subtle changes: No more reflective eyes or basketball-texture rubber suit. But those small tweaks already make the character match up to the classic comics, which could go a long way toward getting people to engage with this rebooted franchise.
Do you want to see set photos of the villains as well, or would you rather be totally surprised? Either way, we’ve got a little over a year to wait: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes out May 2, 2014.
Natalie Zutter is a playwright, foodie, and pop culture blogger. Her writing has appeared on BlackBook, Ology, and Crushable, where she discusses celebrity culture alongside internet memes (or vice versa). Weekly you can find her calling in to the Hunger Games Fireside Chat podcast, reviewing new releases at Movie Mezzanine, and on Twitter.