Will The Amazing Spider-Man 2 be as good as the first?

By Megan Smith

I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a huge fan of Spider-Man. While the original cartoon briefly captured my attention when I was younger, Batman has always been my superhero of choice. However, after seeing the trailer for The Amazing Spider Man several times before it was released, I figured I would check it out. (Once it was playing on HBO, that is.) To my surprise, I actually enjoyed it. Andrew Garfield did a great job as Peter Parker, and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy was a nice change from Mary Jane in the previous Spider-Man films. Now, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has hit theaters and my only question is this: why are there so many villains? Will having multiple bad guys appear in one film be just a bit too much? Or will the trio of Rhino, Electro, and Green Goblin lead the film to the top of the box office?

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Having multiple villains in this one film may not only be too much for Spider-Man, but for audiences as well. Why have these three suddenly show up? Do they all have a common goal? Besides destroying Spider-Man, I mean. Now, I am at a slight disadvantage because I’ve never read any of the comics or done any extensive research involving Spider-Man. I’m not a big enough fan to dive too deep into this world beyond what I’ve seen in the cartoon and movies. So, from a movie-goer point of view with no background knowledge, these three appear to have come from nowhere with seemingly nothing in common to do…something evil, I’m sure. But with multiple villains come multiple storylines to keep up with, which could lead to some potential confusion amongst viewers.

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In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the characters of Harry Osborn aka Green Goblin, Norman Osborn, Max Dillon aka Electro, and Aleksei Sytsevich aka Rhino, are all introduced. This opens up several new storylines along with the backstory of each character, meaning a lot more information will get thrown at audiences all at once in order to explain the motivation behind the villains. Plus, there’s the unexplored backstory of Peter’s father and his work at Oscorp. Will we get to know his big secret in this installment? And what about the elusive man in the shadows from the end of the first film? Oh, and they’ll have to have a bit of time to focus on the relationship between Gwen and Peter that isn’t supposed to exist, remember that? It’s a lot to smash into one film, and it could potentially lead to it being a less-than-awesome sequel.

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While it may seem like I’m being a bit critical, I’m actually kind of excited for the film, if only because Felicia Hardy is finally being introduced into the series. Each trailer that I’ve seen has the perfect amount of stunning visual effects, humor, and action, which is just enough to get me interested. Garfield and Stone shine on screen with their undeniable chemistry, great sense of humor, and dedication to bringing their roles to life, which makes me a little bit less worried that the film won’t be as good as the first. Who knows, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could be totally amazing, just as the title proclaims, and my worries would be for no reason at all.

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