THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Trailer: Vigilantes, Villains, and Villainy, Oh My!

Spider-Man has always been about Peter Parker’s inner struggle. The series is a coming of age story where a young man wracked by serious teen angst learns of the true power he has and the responsibilities that come with it. Of course, there’s a love story peppered in there too between the always lovely Gwen and Peter. Check out the trailer:

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks to change all of that by introducing some new mechanics. In the trailer we can clearly see Spidey (Andrew Garfield) getting ready to take on a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx). It looks like he’s also going to have to contend with Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Judging by the trailer, this should be an electrifying ensemble.

The most interesting thing of note is that Harry Osborn and his dad Norman (Chris Cooper) will be returning in this iteration, but it’s not clear if both of them will reprise the role of the Green Goblin. However, one thing is certain: Harry will be taking his rightful place on the high-tech glider. His father Norman shows up in a shot or two, terminally ill and lying in a hospital bed. It is possible Norman’s death will push Harry over the edge, or that he receives some kind of unsecured business cash advance and sets to work building the Green Goblin suit.

Maybe Spidey will have an opportunity to bring Harry back to reality. That would certainly be an interesting thing to watch: the Green Goblin and Spider-Man working hand-in-hand to defeat some baddies.

It looks like Rhino and Electro are both set to do some serious destruction to the city. Electro in particular chases Spidey through what looks to be some kind of power facility, overloading dozens of pylons until they explode.

There’s even a scene where you can glimpse Doctor Ock’s mechanical arms and a Vulture-like set of wings. Could this possibly be a reference to more villains in the film? Maybe Spidey is set to take on The Sinister Six like the comic series, or maybe these are just nods to future films.

Marc Webb is back this time to direct the sequel (he directed the first film in the series reboot), with the same group of writers also returning (Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner).

We know Spidey is going to contend with not one, not two, but at least three villains. Will it be too much for audiences to handle? We’ll have to wait and see until the film’s release on May 2, 2014. It looks to be a wild ride, but it will be interesting to see where Webb takes this film. He did a great job mixing the fantasy, comic-book elements and more realistic encounters in The Amazing Spider-Man, so let’s hope he can do it again for this entry.

Already, we can see fans splitting down the middle. Take a quick peek at any geek-filled forum, and you can see rallying war cries for Webb’s upcoming Spidey film while many others bash its potential. The naysayers are not without reason as three villains are a lot to handle, something that Spider-Man 3 proved true in the past.

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