Preview: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

As we near the end of the year, the time has come to not only look back at 2013’s best (and worst) offerings, but also to look forward to next year’s offerings. One of the most highly anticipated releases is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), a sequel to Marc Webb’s not-so-amazing 2012 franchise reboot. The marketing machine has been getting into full swing over the past few weeks, from new posters and stills to not one, not two, but three ten-second teaser trailers granting us a brief look at the web-slinging hero. Now a full two-minute plus trailer has hit the web (no pun intended), and the footage gives us a closer look at what Peter/Spidey will have to overcome. Before watching, do check out the official synopsis below.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (British actor Andrew Garfield, The Social Network). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone, The Wolf of Wall Street). But being your local neighbourhood web-slinger comes at a price: only Spidey can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan, The Place Beyond the Pines), returns, Peter comes to realise that all of his enemies have one thing in common: the nefarious OsCorp.

Not only are there glimpses of all the major villains (including what looks to be DeHaan’s Osborn on a Green Goblin glider, as well as nods to The Vulture and Doctor Octopus), but Richard Parker’s work at OsCorp – which was only touched on in the first instalment – will be a bigger plot point here. The action already looks considerably better than the franchise opener; Spider-Man feels a lot more in-tune with his abilities this time round, and the tracking shot of the web-slinger engaged with Electro is a fine way to finish. All things considered, it would seem that this sequel will do a better job of living up to its self-aggrandising title.

Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released in UK cinemas on 14 April, 2014.

Amon Warmann