Well, this is turning out to be a big week for comic book movie news. Warner Bros announced that Wonder Woman will be in the Man of Steel sequel, Bryan Singer announced X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016, and we got this awesome trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
I quite liked the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. I was a fan of the first two Raimi films in the early 2000s, but always felt they were a little cheesy and I was never particularly fond of Toby Maguire or Kirsten Dunst. I felt like the reboot did a good job of reestablishing the Spidey universe and setting up sequels. I’ve been following the news about TASM2 for a while now, but this trailer kind of kicked my expectations up a few notches.
I’ll get to the rambling fanboy predictions in a minute, but first I want to just say that damn, that new Spidey costume is amazing. I think it’s the best incarnation that’s ever been put on film, and is so much closer to a comic book Spider-Man than we’ve seen before. In fact, it looks like the whole tone of this sequel is more comic book inspired and less ‘dark and gritty’, which is fine by me. I could do without Electro in a hoodie, but it beats lack leather.
The Sinister Six
I love how they’re setting up Oscorp as the center of the Spidey villain universe. It makes sense to have a central evil organization responsible for creating villains and teaming them up, instead of devoting a ton of screen time to individual villains’ origins. TASM2 is going to have at least Electro, Rhino, and some form of the Green Goblin. The fact that the trailer even teases more villains (Doc Ock and Vulture, plus they show that chamber with six cells), just goes to show that the filmmakers are going to throw everything at Spider-Man in the next few movies. I think that’s awesome.
I grew up watching the 90s cartoon and have watched almost every other version of the character since then, and I’ve always loved the stories where Spider-Man just gets put through the wringer and has to deal with a ton of enemies. Setting up the Sinister Six and inventing new motivations for Norman with the “untold story” of Peter’s dad just seems like a great way for this new series of Spider-Man films to up the ante.
It would also be cool if they took a concept from the awesome (and underrated) Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon where Oscorp creates these villains specifically to keep Spider-Man busy and distract him from other criminal endeavors.
Spider-Man as a film character is isolated from the rest of the Marvel Universe at Sony. Fox is trying to build their own X-Men Cinematic Universe, and now it looks like Sony is trying to build one all around Spider-Man. Almost like an ‘Avengers of Villains’ for him to deal with. (Side note: I’m actually kind of glad the mutant universe is separated from the MCU because that could get confusing)
I keep hearing people complain that too many villains in this movie will make it suck like Spider-Man 3, as if three villains was really the problem with that movie. Also, I doubt Rhino is even going to be in this movie much. He’ll probably appear early to give Spidey a good fight and then will make another appearance later with his full mech-suit/zord getup. I think the Goblin will be Harry while Norman is dying, but I think Norman will eventually appear as a more Ultimate-inspired Goblin, having chugged a bunch of crazy chemicals or something. I’d say Harry or Norman will die at the end of this movie, setting up a good reason for Oscorp to get the Sinister Six going and get revenge on Spider-Man.
The third movie will probably set up Doc Ock and Vulture, with the full-on Sinister Six movie being the announced Amazing Spider-Man 4. Regardless, I think it’s going to be a fun ride.
What did you think of the trailer?
PS – They really need to get Patton Oswalt as Doc Ock.