We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. It's great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.
Andrew Garfield has been discussing the lukewarm reaction to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and has suggested that some of the film's problems were down to studio interference.
One of the key criticisms of the film was that the narrative arc was a little incoherent, and according to Garfield, this can be attributed to a case of too many cooks...
"I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it," says Garfield. "For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it."
"There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it... then the thread is broken."
"It's hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they're the tent poles, so you have to answer to those people."
It would certainly explain some of the film's bumpier moments, although Garfield is far from disappointed with the experience as a whole...
"I got to work in deep scenes that you don't usually see in comic book movies... a lot of which was taken out, and which we'd explored more. It's interesting to do a post-mortem [but] I'm proud of a lot of it and had a good time."Source: www.totalfilm.com
Sony is bringing forward the UK release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with the wall-crawler now hitting our screens on Wednesday 16 April.
That's a full two days earlier than had initially been planned, with the film having been lined up for a traditional Friday release on the 18th.
However, if that still seems like too long to wait, Sony has released yet another TV spot to tide you over in the meantime.
Take a look, below...
The trailers might have been coming thick and fast, but nevertheless, we're good and excited to see Andrew Garfield's Spidey back on the big screen in exactly one week!Source: www.totalfilm.com
Director Marc Webb recently confirmed that B. J. Novak would be playing a potentially villainous character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with the star confirmed as none other than Alistair Smythe, the man who goes on to become Ultimate Spider-Slayer.
Smythe is the son of Spencer Smythe, the inventor responsible for creating the robotic Spider-Slayers and a character who is teased in the following post from viral site, The Daily Bugle...
"Within a week of the announcement that the NYPD and the District Attorney's Office had opened an investigation into illegal activities and questionable medical practices at Manhattan's Oscorp Industries, sources indicate several of their top scientists have been asked to leave.
Reports cite the recent forced resignation of Dr. Spencer Smythe, the Director of Robotics, amongst others. He was seen leaving Oscorp Tower yesterday with a box of his personal belongings.
When asked to comment on the current employment situation of Dr. Smythe, Oscorp spokesman Donald Menken had no comment. Later in the day, Oscorp sent out a press release congratulating Alistair Smythe on his promotion to the Director of Robotics formerly held by his father. How Mrs. Smythe expects this will impact holiday dinners remains unknown."
Whether this means we will see Spencer in the new film remains to be seen, but it certainly sounds as though the Spider-Slayer robots are in the pipeline. Perhaps some long-term planning for sequels to come...Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might already have crammed in three villains in the form of Electro, Rhino and Green Goblin, but according to director Marc Webb, the antagonists won't stop there.
Webb recently took to Twitter to reference B. J. Novak's character in the new film, who turns out to be none other than one "A. Smythe"...
Almost shot ASM2 in B+W til @bjnovak's (A. Smythe) promo for his excellent book ONE MORE THING beat me to it: http://t. co/axmFgum6fJ
— Marc Webb (@MarcW) February 3, 2014
Now, for the non-comic-book aficionados out there, that moniker refers to one Alistair Smythe, the crippled son of the Oscorp scientist, Spencer Smythe, responsible for creating an army of robotic "Spider-Slayers".
In the comic, Smythe eventually creates a mech-suit for himself, to become the ultimate Spider-Slayer. Just how much of this will happen in the film remains to be seen, but it's safe to say that Smythe is no friend of the wall-crawler...
Webb certainly doesn't seem about to shy away from stacking the odds against Spidey, this time out. It's almost as if he hasn't seen Spider-Man 3...Source: www.totalfilm.com
As if the presence of Hans Zimmer's wasn't already enough to lift The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the composer has managed to recruit something of a supergroup to help him score the forthcoming sequel.
Zimmer has signed up none other than Johnny Marr, Pharrell Williams, Dave Stewart and Incubus's Michael Einziger to lend a hand to what promises to be a rather special soundtrack.
"Marc [Webb] and I were talking about Spider-Man, and as the word got out, so many of our friends and musicians started calling us up, wanting to be a part of it, because they love Spider-Man," said Zimmer.
"With all of these hugely talented people wanting to join us, it was Marc who said, 'Why not start a band?' Marc and I have had a great start jamming with everybody, and we still have a few surprises up our sleeve."Source: www.totalfilm.com
One of the main gripes about The Amazing Spider-Man, was the way in which Marc Webb's film went to great pains to ask questions about the mysterious disappearance of Peter's parents, only to drop them again without supplying any answers.
However, it seems that said questions will be investigated in full in round two, with screenwriter Alex Kurtzman explaining how those issues will resonate in the sequel.
"It's interesting," says Kurtzman, "because the first movie asks all these questions and what I loved about it in so many ways is that it didn't answer them. Part of what we were drawn to and intrigued by was wanting to know the answers to a lot of those questions.
"The villains emerge from a lot of unanswered questions at the end of that movie and none of them are random at all, they are all tied together by a theme, an idea, and I think they come from our curiosity about what was going on in the life of Peter Parker and his parents."
The last thing we discovered about the pair was that Richard Parker's research prompted he and his wife to flee the city abruptly, but the details of that remain blurry. If we were to guess, we'd suggest that Oscorp and Norman Osborn will be heavily involved...Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has already got more potential antagonists than you could shake a stick at, but could Felicity Jones be providing yet another thorn in Spidey's side in the upcoming sequel?
It has yet to be confirmed who Jones will be playing in the new film, but ever since her casting, persistent rumours have linked her to the part of Felicia Hardy, otherwise known as the slinky Black Cat.
Jones was recently asked point-blank by Flicks And The Citywhether she was excited about playing Black Cat, and her reaction to the question wasn't exactly a masterclass in quashing speculation...
"Um, well, uh, possibly," said Jones, when faced with the question. "I don't know. Yeah, I kind of - it's um... Yeah, if that happens, that would be wonderful."
Perhaps Jones hasn't been briefed on the ultra-secret non-disclosure policy that generally comes with superhero movies, or perhaps she was disarmed by the directness of the question. While it's obviously not an official confirmation, we'd say it's starting to look like a pretty safe bet...
That said, with Electro and Rhino already on villain duties, and Norman and Harry Osborne also involved in proceedings, surely her antagonistic streak will be shelved for the newly announced threequel? Or are we having a full on villain-fest? Time will tell...Source: www.totalfilm.com
Shailene Woodley's role as Mary Jane Watson has been cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
It's not all bad news for Woodley, as it looks like the decision has been motivated less by her performance, and more by long term planning for the future of everyone's favourite friendly neighbourhood superhero franchise.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly in their forthcoming Divergent issue, Woodley says: "Of course I'm bummed. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason... Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film."
When news broke that Mary Jane would be appearing in the sequel, director Marc Webb tried his best to underplay the size of her role, but it's still a surprise to hear that the character has been cut entirely.
Throw in Felicity Jones' recent comments alluding to a possible role as another love interest as Black Cat, and it's clear that Peter Parker's on-screen love life is set to become even more complicated by the time the newly announced threequel and fourquel come to a close.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Mark Webb's latest tweet from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has teased a famous location from the comic books in the form of Ravencroft Institute For The Criminally Insane.
The institute can be seen as Marvel's equivalent of Arkham Asylum, and has played host to all manner of Spidey foes, from Carnage to the Jackal.
We can probably take a good guess as to who we'll find housed there in the sequel, particularly given the reference to "voltage cells" on the direction board. Sounds like the kind of place where Electro might hang, no?
Day 30. Ravencroft. pic.twitter.com/jZMOnb2TUl
— Marc Webb (@MarcW) March 18, 2013
Whether any more famous wrong'uns will be making an appearance remains to be seen, although Paul Giamatti's Rhino might be another to find himself languishing in a padded cell.Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has signed another big name to its ever-expanding cast, with Chris Cooper joining the production as Norman Osborn.
Variety reports that Cooper has signed on to star as the CEO of Oscorp, who was made mention of several times in the first film without actually appearing on screen.
Osborn famously goes on to become the Green Goblin, one of Spidey's most formidable foes in the comic-books, although with Electro and Rhino on antagonist duties in this sequel, it remains to be seen whether he'll take a villainous turn at this stage.
What seems more likely is that Osborn will appear as a mentor to Peter Parker in this movie, before going full villain when the third film eventually comes along. Our money is already on a post-credits set-up...
This isn't Cooper's first brush with comic-book movies: he's reported to have turned down the role of Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins.Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may well see Spidey on the run from the authorities, at least if we're correctly interpreting the latest tweet from director Marc Webb. Webb took to the social-networking site to release a new image of a pair of suits flashing FBI badges. We'd say it's a safe bet that they're looking for the friendly neighbourhood web-slinger. The new film will pick up with Peter Parker struggling to keep his promise to the late Captain Stacy to keep away from his daughter Gwen. The two are in love you see, and teenagers tend not to be able to keep that kind of thing under wraps.Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Amazing Spider-Man 2's cast just gets starrier and starrier, with THR reporting that Paul Giamatti is in advanced talks to play secondary villain, Rhino.
As you might have guessed from his name, Rhino is one of the more physical villains in the Spidey universe. A Russian gangster, who underwent a lengthy process of genetic manipulation to give him his super strength, and also wears an armoured suit as a little extra boost. The cheat...
While Giamatti's not short on snarling charisma, he's hardly got the most intimidating physical presence. Will we see an alternative take on the character? Or will the sequel's plot take inspiration from Flowers For Rhino, a comic-book story that explored his sensitive side by boosting his intelligence.
On top of Giamatti's introduction, THR also reports that Felicity Jones is in talks to join the cast in an unspecified role, which has naturally set tongues wagging as to who she might be playing.
Fleeting love interests Liz Allan and Betty Brant have been mentioned, but the one fanboys really want to see is Felicia Hardy, otherwise known as the slinky Black Cat. Check out her costume to see why she's so popular...Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may well have cast itself another villain, with actor Asim Ahmad claiming to have been cast as one Michael Morbius.
Fans of the comic-books will know that Morbius is a Nobel prize-winning biochemist who drastically alters his physical makeup when attempting to treat himself for a rare blood condition.
Employing electro-shock therapy and, er, vampire bats, his experiment all goes a bit wrong, and Morbius is transformed into a vampire-like creature himself. Textbook stuff.
"Morbius is only mentioned in two pages, not a big part," tweeted Ahmad, suggesting that the casting is either a brief nod to the fans or a brief set-up for a later appearance. Given the relative anonymity of the actor, we'd suggest it's probably the former.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Last week saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 confirm a trio of new additions to the cast in the form of Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx and Shailene Woodley, and now Martin Sheen has also confirmed that he will be returning.
"They've called me back," said Sheen. "I don't know what the part is gonna be, but I'm going to be Uncle Ben once again in Spider-Man next year. We shoot it in February."
Seeing as Uncle Ben was shot dead in the first film, Sheen will almost certainly be appearing in a flashback capacity, as Peter finds himself tortured by the part he played in the old man's demise.
Family should hopefully be at the heart of the sequel, with much of the mystery surrounding the fate of Peter's parents having been left unexplained in the first film. The suggestion was that that story arc was deliberately clipped with a sequel in mind, so hopefully it will be explored further this time out.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Dane DeHaan has officially been confirmed as the new Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with the studio clearly opting for the "brooding outsider" approach to the character.
DeHaan was initially linked to the role before reports emerged claiming that Sony were looking for a more athletic, all-American take on the character. However, it seems that they've reverted to their first vision.
Norman Osborn has been a peripheral figure at this stage in proceedings, but depending on how Osborn Sr's story arc plays out, we could well see Harry become a villain, as was the case in Sam Raimi's trilogy. Casting the intense DeHaan would certainly allow for that contingency.
"Dane is an exciting and extraordinary young actor and he is a fantastic addition to our cast," said director Marc Webb, before DeHaan tweeted that, "to say I'm excited is an understatement."Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Amazing Spider-Man may not be in cinemas for another couple of months, but Sony aren't resting on their laurels, as proven by the announcement that the sequel will go into production in early 2013.
A first draft of the script had previously been written by James Vanderbilt, but the studio has now revealed that screenwriting duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen) have been brought in to give it a rewrite.
"We grew up as huge Spider-Man fans," said the pair in an official statement, "so, to us, the opportunity to work on this film is akin to being handed the Holy Grail. We love the direction Sony and the filmmakers are taking the Peter Parker / Spider-Man mythology and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of this legendary franchise."
"It's a thrill to have Alex and Bob put their stamp on this franchise that we all love so well," said Producer Avi Arad. "They have an innate understanding of what makes Peter Parker not just a superhero, but a hero for all of us."Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Amazing Spider-Man news continues to come thick and fast. This weekend saw Sony confirm an official release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and cast members are already beginning to pipe up about the long-term future of the franchise.
Denis Leary has been the first to get chatty about the upcoming Spidey sequels, confirming that he will reprise his role as Captain Stacy, father of Emma Stone's Gwen.
"I guess they officially announced it yesterday," said Leary to Collider, before going all coy on his character's physical appearance. "I don't know if I'm allowed to say. Every time you say something about this fucking movie, they go crazy!"
However, that didn't stop him dropping a few nuggets about the first film, with Leary enthusing about co-stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
"I loved Andrew," he said, "I really did. He's terrific in the role. He was trained as a gymnast when he was growing up in England, which came in handy. Most of the stunts in the movie are done live, in front of the cameras. He's just a terrific actor, and I really loved working with him."
"Same thing with Emma," he continued. "They're actually more mature than I am, so that says a lot. They're really incredibly talented and really professional. She's 22 years old! I don't want to tell you what I was doing when I was 22 years old."
And while Leary is not much of a Spidey fan himself, he's clearly been talking to some people who are.
"I'm more of a Batman guy, but I have a good friend, Jeff Garlin, who is a Spider-Man freak, and he said to me, 'The first time I met you, I thought you were George Stacy!' That was 30 years ago. He had an old comic book frame on his computer and he showed it to me, and I was like, 'You're sick!' and he was like, 'No, I'm a Spider-Man freak.' People take it very seriously."Source: www.totalfilm.com
Sony has announced that the sequel to next year's The Amazing Spider-Man will arrive on 2 May 2014.
We heard a few months back that writer James Vanderbilt (whose other work includes Zodiac, The Losers and the Total Recall remake) had been set to work on a sequel script, but this release date is a display of almost-tangible confidence.
The rebooted take on the webslinger stars Brit Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as Dr Curt Connors (AKA The Lizard).
While Garfield and Stone are said to be contractually committed to a sequel, it's not yet know if director Marc Webb (500 Days Of Summer) will return. Although, given the positive buzz surrounding his efforts so far, we'd be surprised if he bowed out so soon.
The footage shown at Comic-Con was extremely impressive, showcasing Ifans as what could be the franchise's best villain yet.
Expect sequel speculation to go into overdrive, which feels a little odd considering we have to wait almost a year to see the first part.Source: www.totalfilm.com
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