The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man upside down on the side of the OsCorp tower.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Marc Webb
Produced by Avi Arad
Matt Tolmach
Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Jeff Pinkner
Story by Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Jeff Pinkner
James Vanderbilt
Based on Spider-Man 
by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Starring Andrew Garfield
Emma Stone
Jamie Foxx
Dane DeHaan
Campbell Scott
Embeth Davidtz
Colm Feore
Paul Giamatti
Sally Field
Music by Hans Zimmer[1]
The Magnificent Six
Cinematography Daniel Mindel
Editing by Pietro Scalia
Elliot Graham
Studio Columbia Pictures
Marvel Entertainment
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • April 16, 2014 (2014-04-16) (International)[2]
  • May 2, 2014 (2014-05-02) (United States)
Running time 142 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200–255 million[4][5]
Box office $5.4 million[6]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (released as The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro in some markets) is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It serves as a sequel to the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man and was announced in 2011. The studio hired James Vanderbilt to write the screenplay and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to re-write it.[7][8] Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field are set to star.

Development of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 began after the success of The Amazing Spider-Man. DeHaan, Giamatti, Jones, and Cooper were cast between December 2012 and February 2013. Filming took place in New York from February to June 2013. The film is scheduled to be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2, 2014 in the United States.

Plot

In a flashback, Richard Parker records a video message to explain his disappearance. He and his wife Mary board a plane, but the flight is hijacked by a man sent to assassinate Richard, with the pilot dead, the plane crashes.

In the present day, Peter Parker continues to fight crime as Spider-Man. He pursues and apprehends Aleksei Sytsevich, who attempted to steal a truck containing plutonium vials. During the chase, Spider-Man rescues Oscorp Industries employee Max Dillon. While talking to Gwen Stacy on the phone, Peter sees a vision of her late father, Captain George Stacy, reminding him of the promise he made to stay away from Gwen. Afterwards, Peter makes it with Gwen at their high school graduation ceremony. However, he insists that he needs to keep his promise to her father and ends their relationship.

Peter's childhood friend Harry Osborn returns to New York to see his terminally ill father Norman, the CEO of Oscorp Industries. Norman explains his illness is hereditary, and Harry is at the age where it first develops. Before he dies, he gives Harry a small device which he claims contains his life's work. The next day, Norman dies and Harry is appointed the new Oscorp CEO, only to become corrupt among the Oscorp board, causing them to plan on firing him.

Assuming they are now friends, Max develops an obsession with Spider-Man. Whilst tending to some maintenance in an Oscorp laboratory, he loses his balance and falls into a tank of electric eels being used for experiments. The electricity mutates him into a living electric generator. Meanwhile, Peter tries to maintain a friendship with Gwen, but she tells him she is moving to England for school. Before they can discuss it, Max wanders into Times Square and accidentally causes a blackout. Spider-Man attempts to calm him down, but the police try to shoot Max, making him lose his temper and attack. Spider-Man eventually stops him, and he is taken to Ravencroft Institute.

The first symptoms of Harry's illness show, and he uses the device Norman gave him to deduce that Spider-Man's blood could help save him. He asks Peter, who has been sending photos of Spider-Man to The Daily Bugle, for help finding Spider-Man. Peter initially refuses, unsure of what effects the transfusion would have. The Oscorp board members frame Harry for covering up Max's accident, and remove him from his position as CEO. Harry's assistant Felicia Hardy informs him of equipment that could help him, so he makes a deal with Max (now calling himself "Electro") to get him back in to the Oscorp building. Inside, he finds a suit of armor and other equipment made by Norman, as well as venom from the now destroyed spiders, which instead causes him to transform into a hideous goblin-like creature.

Peter uses information left behind by his father to locate the video message he left. In it, Richard explains he had to leave New York because he was unwilling to go along with Norman Osborn's plans to use what they had created for biological weapons. Peter then receives a voicemail message from Gwen, telling him she was offered the job in England and is heading to the airport earlier than expected. He manages to catch her and professes his love for her, and they agree to go to England together. Electro causes another blackout, and Peter heads off to fight him. Gwen follows, and they are able to kill Electro causing an explosion by overloading his electricity supply. Afterward, the transformed Harry arrives equipped with Norman's armor and weaponry; upon seeing Gwen, Harry quickly deduces Spider-Man's true identity and, wanting revenge for being refused the blood transfusion, kidnaps Gwen. He fights Spider-Man at the top of a clock tower, and while Spider-Man manages to subdue Harry, Gwen falls to her death.

Months later, Peter has given up being Spider-Man and spends every day at Gwen's grave. Meanwhile, Harry, healing from his transformations, and his associate (the man in the shadows from the first film) breaks Alexsei Sytsevich out of prison, gives him the code name "Rhino" and equips him with a mechanical suit of armor. Rhino rampages through the streets, and a recording of Gwen's graduation speech inspires Peter to return as Spider-Man and confront him.

Cast

  • Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man: An orphaned teenage boy who received amazing spider-powers after being bitten by a genetically altered spider. Peter first uses his powers to hunt down the killer of his uncle in The Amazing Spider-Man but soon decides to use his powers to fight crime as the vigilante known as Spider-Man. Garfield explained that the suit that he will wear in the film will be undergoing a new design. Garfield hopes to bring back the theme of him being an orphan stating, "I wanna keep exploring that theme of being fatherless, being motherless, searching for purpose and finding a purpose within himself". He felt that it was a responsibility to take on the role and that he does not take it lightly.[9]
  • Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy: A high school student and Peter's love interest. When asked about Peter and Gwen's relationship in the sequel, Stone said, "She saves him more than he saves her. She's incredibly helpful to Spider-Man... He's the muscle, she's the brains."[10]
  • Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon / Electro: An electrical engineer who works for Oscorp Industries. Foxx described the character as "a nobody" who initially idolizes Spider-Man.[11] He develops an obsession with Spider-Man after being saved by him and obtains his powers through an accident at Oscorp involving electric eels.[12]
  • Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn / Green Goblin: An old friend of Peter and son of Norman Osborn.[13] He was sent away to boarding school around the same time Peter's parents disappeared, and meets him for the first time since then in the film.[14] He eventually assumes the role of the Green Goblin.[15]
  • Campbell Scott as Richard Parker[16]
  • Embeth Davidtz as Mary Parker[16]
  • Colm Feore as Donald Menken[16][17]
  • Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich / The Rhino: Giamatti explained that his character has a particular kind of suit. "He’s a Russian mobster. Russians are always good villains. I have an ability to just destroy things,” he said. "My accent is pretty hammy. I loved doing it. It seemed to me like an opportunity to be as over-the-top hammy as possible. It was really fun."[18][19]
  • Sally Field as May Parker: Peter's aunt.[17]

Chris Cooper was cast as Norman Osborn, the president of Oscorp and Harry Osborn's father,[20] while Marton Csokas portrays Dr. Kafka, the head of Ravencroft Institute[21] and B. J. Novak will be portraying Alistair Smythe.[22] Denis Leary reprises his role as Captain George Stacy from the first film.[23] Felicity Jones has been cast as Felicia Hardy.[24] Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee will have a cameo appearance.[25]

Production

Development

Producer Matt Tolmach stated that there "will be more than one [sequel] and at the very least three."[26] The first sequel is set for release on May 2, 2014.[27] The sequel's villain was teased in the 2012 film.[28] Webb stated that the origin story would further unfold in the second installment.[29] In June 2012, Webb said he was unsure whether he would return,[30] though it was confirmed on September 28, 2012, that he would return to direct the sequel.[31][32] He claimed he "wanted to create a universe that not only can withstand but anticipate future storylines" while also "working in and of itself for one movie."[33] Andrew Garfield had also expressed hope to reprise his role,[34] and in September 2012, it was confirmed that he would do so.[31][32] Emma Stone was later confirmed to be reprising her role as Gwen Stacy, having signed a contract for two Amazing Spider-Man sequels. The original costume and mask from The Amazing Spider-Man was altered and has lens in the mask, making the eyes bigger. The web shooters were also modified.[35]

Actor J. K. Simmons expressed his interest in reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy should the studio offer it to him.[36] In October 2012 Electro was rumored as the next villain.[37] Jamie Foxx was given the role.[38][39][40] That December, Foxx confirmed that he was cast as the character, and during an interview with MTV, he explained that the redesign of the character will be more grounded along with details of his depiction.[41] On December 3, 2012, Marc Webb revealed that Dane DeHaan was chosen to play Harry Osborn. In addition, according to Webb, it is confirmed that actor Martin Sheen will return as Ben Parker in the film, but with not yet any confirmed role to make. Paul Giamatti was confirmed as a cast member in February 2013.[42] Felicity Jones confirmed her involvement with the movie under an undisclosed role.[43] Giamatti also indicated in an October 2013 interview that he would return in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 as well.[44] On February 27, 2013, Chris Cooper was cast as Norman Osborn.[20]

On October 10, 2012, it was announced that Shailene Woodley was offered the role of Mary Jane Watson.[45][46] Mary Jane was confirmed as a small role in the film when on March 14, 2013, it was confirmed that Shailene Woodley had concluded filming her scenes.[47] On June 19, 2013, it was announced that Mary Jane was cut from the film. Director Marc Webb told The Hollywood Reporter that the cut was "a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship."[48]

Filming

On February 4, 2013, Marc Webb posted on his Twitter account that principal photography had begun. He also confirmed that the sequel is being shot on 35mm film in the anamorphic format, instead of being filmed digitally as the preceding film was.[49] Sony revealed this would be the first Spider-Man film to be filmed entirely in New York,[50] with the exception of a car chase scene that was filmed in Rochester because the speed laws are less restrictive in upstate New York.[51] This was to be the largest film production ever in New York City.[52] The decision to film in Williamsburg, Brooklyn near the Passover holiday caused some controversy, as critics believed that this was culturally insensitive, and would cause problems with parking.[53] The filming company decided to work with the community and then agreed to adjust its production activities for Passover.[54][55]

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have been seen wearing graduation uniforms, suggesting they will be graduating from high school in the film. On June 25, Webb posted on his Twitter account that filming was completed.[56]

Soundstage work was done at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York.[57]

Post-production

The film was mixed in Auro 11.1 and Dolby Atmos in the converted William Holden Theater. The mix for both was completed by Paul Massey and David Giammarco.[2]

A post-credit teaser scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past was added to the film after its London premiere, due to an existing deal between Webb and 20th Century Fox, in which Fox allowed Webb to direct the film if Sony would promote the X-Men film for free.[58] The scene, set during the Vietnam War, sees Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), a rogue mutant, trying to infiltrate a military camp led by William Stryker (Josh Helman) in an attempt to recruit fellow mutants Havok (Lucas Till) and Toad (Evan Jonigkeit).[59][60][61] The scene's inclusion sparked confusion among some viewers in the United Kingdom, who incorrectly thought a X-Men–Spider-Man crossover film was being planned, based on how Marvel Studios and Disney use codas within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to promote future films.[58]

Music

On July 20, 2013, Webb announced that Hans Zimmer will be composing the music for the film, replacing James Horner, the composer of the first film.[1] On October 25, 2013, Pharrell Williams revealed to Billboard that he will co-compose the score with Zimmer.[62] Webb and Zimmer formed a supergroup with Williams, Johnny Marr, Michael Einziger and David A. Stewart to create the music for the sequel.[63] The soundtrack for film is set to be released on April 22, 2014 by Columbia Records and Madison Gate Records.[64] Hans Zimmer described his work for this movie to be different from previous works that he did, thus revealing one of the themes for the movie, which was first heard on the website. [65][66]

On March 31, 2014, a track called "It's On Again" was uploaded to Soundcloud. It features vocals by Kendrick Lamar and Alicia Keys. Via Twitter, Keys announced the song and credited Zimmer and Williams along with Lamar and herself for the song, and she included a hashtag saying "Spiderman", indicating the song is part of the soundtrack.[67][68]

Marketing

Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International promoting The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

On July 17, 2013, Sony released a clip from the film with the first released footage of Jamie Foxx as Electro to encourage attendance at their panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International.[69] At the panel they premiered a four-minute trailer, which was not publicly released but eventually leaked on the internet. Viral marketing for the film included a version of the Daily Bugle on the blogging service Tumblr, which included references to Kate Cushing, Detective Stan Carter, the ‘Big Man’, Izzy Bunsen, Joy Mercado, Donald Menken, the Vulture, Hydro-Man, Spencer Smythe, Ned Leeds, Anne Weying, J. Jonah Jameson, Shocker, Alistair Smythe, Doctor Octopus, Eddie Brock, The Enforcers and Puma.[70][71][72][73][74][75][76][77][78] Marc Webb tweeted a photo of a message in Dwarven language revealing that the first trailer is set to debut prior to 3D screenings of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.[79][80][81]

On December 8, 2013, it was announced that new footage from the film would be presented during New Year's Eve festivities at New York City's Times Square.[82]

The film was further promoted during the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) "Earth Hour" campaign. The cast was present at the launch of the 2014 event in Singapore.[83]

Evian serves as a promotional partner of the film. On April 1, 2014, the brand released an advertisement "The Amazing Baby & Me 2" featuring Spider-Man and a baby version of him, as a follow-up to their original "Baby & Me" campaign.[84]

The release of the film in the United Kingdom was pushed forward to April 16, 2014, 2 days ahead of its original April 18 date.[85] Deadline noted that approximately $180-190 million of the film's budget was used on marketing.[5]

Reception

Critical response

The movie has received mostly positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 72% based on reviews from 46 critics, with an average score of 6.2/10. The site's consensus states: "Thanks to Marc Webb's confident directing and talented cast, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 entertains in spite of its crowded canvas and occasionally stilted narrative."[86] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 58 based on 9 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[87]

Tim Robey of The Telegraph said, "Marc Webb's Spider-Man sequel is overstuffed with high-voltage villains, but the sparks between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone save the day".[88] Simon Reynolds of Digital Spy said, "Peter's past, present and future all intertwine in a sequel that offers bang for your buck. That said you can't help feel the franchise bean counters at work here thanks to all the ominous foreshadowing and unresolved character arcs. Too many cooks and all that..."[89] Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter said, "The eponymous hero hits his super-heroic stride here, as does Andrew Garfield in the role, especially when Spider-Man's alter ego Peter Parker learns there's always some fine print in a contract with this many benefits. The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main, this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor."[90] Guy Lodge of Variety said, "Redundancy remains a problem, but this overlong superhero sequel gets by on sound, fury and star chemistry."[91]

Box office

As of 18 April 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has earned a total of $5.4 million in the early territories it has released in.[6]

Outside North America

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened to $2.73 million in UK and to $190,000 in Belgium, while opening to $1.44 million in Australia and $1.11 million in Germany.[6]

Sequels and spinoffs

On June 17, 2013, Sony announced two more planned sequels to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with the third film getting the release date of June 10, 2016, and the fourth film on May 4, 2018.[92] On October 2, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner would return to write the third film.[93] In December 2013, Garfield revealed that he's signed for three films, but is not sure of his involvement for the fourth film.[94] That same month, Sony announced two planned spinoffs of the film series featuring Venom and the Sinister Six, with Kurtzman directing Venom and co-writing along with Orci and Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard writing The Sinister Six and possibly directing.[95][96] In February 2014, Sony announced that Webb will return to direct the third film.[4] In March 2014, Webb stated that he would not be directing the fourth film, but would like to remain as a consultant for the series.[97] On March 31, 2014, Woodley told Total Film that she is unsure she wants to be in the third film as Mary Jane.[98] In April 2014, it was announced that Goddard would also direct the Sinister Six film,[99] and that Venom and the Sinister Six films may release before the fourth Amazing Spider-Man film,[100] with Spider-Man potentially appearing in both spin-offs.[101]

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