Gavin Gronenthal ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
Just this morning, the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrived online, and there are tons of things to take in in just two minutes and thirty seconds. To help you, here’s a breakdown of the first theatrical trailer. And remember, spoilers, spoilers, and spoilers ahead!
The best part of the new trailer is just how excellent the new Spider-man suit looks onscreen. While the last one had merits for trying to be different from Tobey Maguire’s suit, this on does that and is probably one of the closest suits to the comic book original in superhero film history. Well done, costume department.
When Paul Giamatti (shown above, shooting) was announced to be the Rhino, aka fromer Russian Mobster Aleksei Sytselvich, people didn’t know what to think. He doesn’t really fit the profile of Spider-man’s behemoth comic enemy, but it appears the writers have found their way around that. The new rhino looks more like this:
That’s right, in a mech suit of armor. While this isn’t the first time this has happened (Silver Samurai in The Wolverine just this year comes to mind), this one actually makes sense if Paul Giamatti was cast. When and where Peter will be fighting one of his most physically challenging enemies is still a bit fuzzy, but it looks like Rhino will be showing up quite a bit in this upcoming sequel.
This was also the first time we got to see up and coming actor Dane DeHaan shine as Harry Osborne, one of Peter’s best friends in the comics but also one of his biggest failures. Most of you will probably remember James Franco from the original trilogy, and how tumultuous his friendship with Peter was over the three films. It looks like the bromance between the two will be even shorter in this series, as Harry is warning Peter that Oscorp was watching him here, but is later seen with his father (more on that later!) in a negative light. Not to mention, there’s also this little mystery…
Throughout the trailer, we see flashes of a figure hovering on a familiar glider in a familiar green tinted armor. Now, whether this is the Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, or a take on Sam Raimi’s New Goblin from Spider-Man 3 remains to be seen, but the real question is this: who’s in the suit? The big two options are obviously the previously mentioned Harry, and his soon to be mentioned father Norman, the original Green Goblin played by Chris Cooper (formerly Willem Dafoe in the original Spider-Man). After seeing this close-up of the Goblins face, however:
Our money is on DeHaan, as this looks very similar to his eye as supposed to Chris Cooper’s. Is Harry going to be Spider-Man’s archnemesis before Norman even gets the chance? We’ll have to wait and see.
One of the major plot points of the first Amazing Spider-Man film was the mystery surrounding the life and death of Peter’s father and mother. Here, it looks like this secret is unraveling further, but Aunt May (Sally Field) warns him that both keeping secrets and discovering the truth can have consequences. Not only that, but the only thing we hear for a recording of Richard Parker (Campbell Scott, above) about to reveal what Oscorp was doing with his experiments. It’s pretty clear that Peter’s real nemesis here, regardless of who he’s fighting physically, is Oscorp.
And here we have it, Jamie Foxx as the billed main villain, Max Dillon, aka Electro. What’s interesting here is that we don’t even see Foxx appear until about halfway through the trailer, but when he does show, he makes quite the impression. Warning everyone that they’ll be living in a city “without power, without Spider-Man,” it seems Electro will be doing everything from shooting a few lightning bolts to downing the power in Times Square. And not that, but it looks like he’s related to Oscorp as well. The plot thickens…
In his only shot in the entire trailer, Chris Cooper makes an appearance as a bed ridden Norman Osborne. This was mentioned in the first Amazing Spider-Man, but now we get to see the full extent of his illness, and it’s pretty bad. This is the other reason that we probably won’t see Norman flying on the Goblin Glider in this movie. This is also a much closer relationship between Harry and Norman than both the comics and the previous films, which could mean Harry is going to be doing his father’s dirty work willingly. Either way, it looks like Peter and Harry will be paying for the sins of their fathers.
And here it is, the big one. The one that’s been speculated for months, that appears to be getting closer and closer to a reality. If you weren’t already keeping track, this movie now has three major Spider-Man villains geared up to battle old web-head. And this image right here has two MAJOR villains teased already: The Vulture and Doctor Octopus. That’s five potential villains, not including the mysterious man (shown here) who appeared in the post-credits sequence of Amazing Spider-Man. And in the next screen, we see:
Chambers 3, 4, 5, and 6. That could mean that all the speculation about future foes could be true: Spider-Man, in Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, may have to face the Sinister Six. This is huge, and would probably mark the most super-villains to appear at one time in a superhero movie, if it even comes to light. But with all these hints being dropped, and the appearance of three of Spider-Man’s biggest foes in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it looks like Peter Parker is going to have his hands full.
That’s it for now, but keep checking Emertainment Monthly for all your entertainment needs. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Mark Webb, will open May 2, 2014, and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, B.J. Novak, and Chris Cooper.
Gavin Gronenthal ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer