The first chapter of a superhero franchise tends to portray a lot of the backstory of the hero, his origins. That’s why the second movie is usually the most important one when it comes to establishing a really successful franchise. In the second movie, you don’t have to spend time explaining the backstory; you can focus on the bigger picture and show your intentions.
That’s why The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is so important; it shows us what’s in store for us. Luckily for us, director Marc Webb offers a very enjoyable sequel with amazing slingshot moments and human relationships that make sense. There’s also something that some fans might have been missing for a long time: psychological weight, a less childish atmosphere.
The movie first shows us a flashback of Peter Parker’s parents meeting their fate. Then, Webb continues the story that began in The Amazing Spider-Man. Uncle Ben is dead. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his girlfriend, Gwen (Emma Stone) are a cute couple, and Peter fights crime in his spare time in his red-and-blue spandex suit. After facing the Russian criminal that will later become Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Peter remembers that he promised Gwen’s dad that he would leave Gwen alone in order to keep her safe. He doesn’t really fulfill his promise, though, as they still love each other.
Then we witness the creation of a new supervillain: Electro. Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), Oscorp engineer, becomes Electro after falling into an electric, strange tank at Oscorp. Electro is basically a bad guy that glows in the dark and can use electricity as a weapon. He used to be a nerd, but now he has so much power that he has no idea what to do with it. Rhino and Electro are not enough, though; Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) joins the party too. Harry inherited an illness from his father, Norman Osborn, which causes him to inject himself a special chemical and become one of the most famous Spider-Man villains: the Green Goblin.
This is one of the most criticized aspects of the movie: it seems like it’s never going to end. The finale of this movie is actually more like a series of finales. While it’s great to see these fantastic superpowered fights, it keeps coming over and over again too many times. It not a big problem though. Overall it’s a fun and enjoyable movie, and hopefully The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be even more fun.
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