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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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Sadly, this wasn't his greatest battle.
Genre: Action
Superhero
Fantasy
Directed By: Marc Webb
Produced By: Avi Arad
Matt Tolmach
Written By: Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Jeff Pinkner
James Vanderbilt
Based On: Spider-Man
by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Starring: Andrew Garfield
Emma Stone
Jamie Foxx
Dane DeHaan
Campbell Scott
Embeth Davidtz
Colm Feore
Paul Giamatti
Sally Field
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Dan Mindel
Distributed By: Sony Pictures Releasing
Release Date: April 18, 2014 (Mexico)
May 2, 2014 (United States)
Runtime: 142 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $200-293 million
Box Office: $709 million
Franchise: The Amazing Spider-Man
Prequel: The Amazing Spider-Man
Sequel: The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (cancelled)

Spider-Man: No Way Home (soft sequel)


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (also released as The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro) is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The film was directed by Marc Webb and produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. It is the fifth theatrical Spider-Man film produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man and the second and last film in the Amazing Spider-Man series. The studio hired James Vanderbilt to write the screenplay and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to rewrite it. The film premiered in Mexico on April 18, 2014, and was released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2, 2014, in the United States.

It's later established that the universe this movie (along with the the film's predecessor) takes place in is Earth-120703.

Plot

Confident in his powers as Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) embraces his new role as a hero and spends time with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in between protecting New York from criminals. However, his greatest battle yet is about to begin. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront an enemy far more powerful than he is. And when his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns, Peter comes to realize that all his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.

Bad Qualities

  1. This film has the same problems that Spider-Man 3 had but now makes them worse:
    • There are too many villains (Electro, Green Goblin, and Rhino) hogging the spotlight and none have enough screen time. The worst part is that the movie doesn't know who to focus on making it as a result of endless padding.
    • The movie has way too many sub-plots to the point that it feels like the movie has no main story.
  2. Sequel Baiting: As the movie focuses more on setting up Sony's planned Spider-Man universe (which was cancelled due to this movie not earning at least 1 billion internationally) and the Sinister Six movie, which eventually got usurped into Spider-Man: No Way Home, rather than being a simple movie.
    • This is a common mistake done by Sony (who only existed to keep the rights) that were planning to make their own cinematic universes separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe by trying to rush it instead of telling a story that's worth telling before you can tell something bigger.
    • This is even another common mistake that many executives coming from studios like Warner Bros, Universal and Fox did with their movies in order to make their own cinematic universe similar to Marvel.
    • However, the universe that Sony was trying to build with The Amazing Spider-Man was eventually usurped into the MCU with the Webbverse Spider-Man being featured in the aforementioned No Way Home during the climax.
  3. Weak villains:
    • Electro is basically a clone of the Riddler from Batman Forever. He also doesn't have a good motivation to fight Spider-Man (Spider-Man didn't remember his name? For Real?) and only has 2 fight scenes with him before he dies.
      • Race Changes: Max Dillon/Electro, depicted as white in the comics, is turned into an African-American, played by Jamie Foxx.
      • Also, he looks nothing like his comic book counterpart and was supposed to be like his Ultimate Marvel counterpart.
      • In the comics, Electro got his powers from trying to save a electrician on a high tension pole thats when the lightning stuck him, in the film, he got his powers from falling from electric eels that infected him.
    • Harry Osborn is underused as a villain in the climax. His Green Goblin design looks nothing like the comics, instead he looks like a drugged-up Beavis from Beavis and Butt-Head with cybernetic Oscorp armor than the average green-skinned goblin.
      • When it's revealed that he was best friends with Peter, whom he never mentions him at all in the previous film.
      • He's introduced for the first time in the franchise and immediately turns into the Green Goblin so you can tell his story arc was rushed.
    • Rhino is an unnecessary and annoying setup for future installments. His design is just a Rhino-like metallic mech-armor with missiles that rips off Iron Monger's design from 2008's Iron Man or straight up from the rejected designs for the Transformers movies.
      • False advertising: Rhino is seen on some posters, but he is barely in it and doesn't even wear his metal armor until the final scene.
    • Norman Osborn, the CEO of Oscorp and the future Green Goblin is completely wasted and barely has any screen-time when he dies, since it has him as a dying old man than him becoming the Green Goblin as they're trying to make the Green Goblin as more of a disease than a drug/serum.
    • The "man in the shadows" from the first film's post credits scene is a generic "mastermind" villain who has no explanation how he worked for Harry Osborn and how he knows about Peter, his father and Dr. Curt Connors in the previous film.
  4. The tone of this film doesn't match the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. Whereas that film was dark and gritty, this film is bright and colorful, and the new score supports the newer tone.
    • The movie also has some cartoon like humor which only makes the movie stupid.
  5. The plot is overstuffed and there are way too many characters to focus on, with Peter, Gwen, three villains, Aunt May, and more.
    • They introduced Felicia Hardy/Black Cat and Allistair Smythe (creator of the Spider-Slayers) who are completely wasted.
    • Aunt May wants to get paid working at the hospital so that Peter would go to college.
    • Harry Osborn seeks to use Spider-Man’s blood to be a cure while revealing how Oscorp had the pictures of Peter Parker when he was a young boy.
    • Donald Menken wants to fire and arrest Harry Osborn by framing him for letting Max Dillon, one of Oscorp’s employees, go into the freak accident that turned him into Electro and take his place as the CEO of Oscorp, making him a Karma Houdini while having no reason why he didn’t care about Harry and his “deceased” father, Norman, the original founder of Oscorp.
    • Max Dillon/Electro wants to be just like Spider-Man until his freak transformation (while dealing with his sick mother in a deleted scene).
    • The entire stuff going on with the plane nearby the end is completely pointless.
    • Pointless easter eggs that reference other characters and why not that only serve the purpose of setting up sequels.
  6. Spider-Man's nonchalant attitude: At the beginning of the movie, when Sytsevich plows through the busy streets of New York with his truck, Spider-Man, after landing on this truck, just sits there and starts cracking jokes, effectively allowing Sytsevich to potentially kill and injure numerous people in the process, and doesn't even try to stop him. To make things worse, he even allows Sytsevich to fire his gun out of truck's window and into the open crowd instead of trying to disarm him, again putting innocent lives in danger.
    • On the side note, because of not trying to stop Sytsevich immediately, he nearly misses the graduation ceremony.
  7. The opening with Peter's parents leaving and being murdered by an assassin is not only unnecessary, since we already know what happened to them before.
    • In fact, the entire subplot about the truth about Peter's parents contributes nothing to the actual plot and it's essentially what drags the movie down despite it was trying to reveal how they actually die onscreen.
  8. Some product placement everywhere (mostly Sony products, Kodak and Google). The Disney logo during the Times Square scene doesn't help matters as it was only added due to the recent Disney-Marvel acquisition.
  9. Scenes such as Harry Osborn as the Green Goblin terrorizing Oscorp and killing Donald Menken for framing and arresting him were disappointingly cut.
  10. Uncle Ben's killer from the first film who has nothing to do with Oscorp, the real “big bad” corporation, neither appears nor is mentioned to focus more about Oscorp and stuff.
  11. Anachronism: In Richard Parker's scenes, which take place in 2000, he has a Sony Vaio (product placement) that did not exist at the time.
  12. J. Jonah Jameson, whom Peter worked for him as a photographer of the Daily Bugle doesn't appear in the movie, instead Peter sends him the photos by email.
  13. Like in the previous movie, Andrew Garfield doesn't really look like Peter Parker as a young nerdy high schooler like in the comics and looks more like Peter when he's in college or maybe not even Peter, looking more like a football team captain or James Franco as Harry Osborn. Several critics have even pointed out that he would be a much more fitting casting choice if the events of the film took place when Peter was in college years after he got his powers and the death of his Uncle Ben.
  14. Its not helped by the fact that it plagerizes the idea of a blood cure from Star Trek: Into Darkness which the film’s writer, Alex Kurtzman was involved.
  15. The trailers spoiled most of the movie including scenes like Harry becoming the Green Goblin, Gwen's death and even the ending of the film of Spider-Man about to fight Rhino.
  16. The transformation of Electro from genetically modified electric eels doesn't feel believable, as he gained them from receiving a charge from them, when one has to receive their genetic material through bodily fluids or cells like how Spider-Man gained his powers.
  17. In the end, just like Fox's rights for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, it felt like the nail in the coffin for Sony to keep the Spider-Man rights from Marvel Studios, leading them to agree and cancelled all planned sequels and spin-offs following up the film.
  18. The title, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” looks unappealing and lazy with the “2” title (despite it will confused fans of what the title is supposed to served in) feels like it came from a bootleg dvd title.
  19. Much like the remake of the musical, Annie released that same year, it severely hurt Jamie Foxx's career and caused him not to appear in another movie until 2017 and redeemed himself as Electro in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Good Qualities

  1. Great performances, especially from Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Dane DeHaan.
  2. As much as we didn't really want Gwen to die, her death was very emotional, sad and well-done. Depending on your view, it's easily the best scene in the movie.
  3. Despite we know about what happen to Peter's parents, it reveals how Peter's father, Richard, knew Oscorp is a corrupt industry and was forced to leave with his wife.
  4. The scene of Spider-Man helping a kid who was being bullied is great and a wonderful example of how Spider-Man was in the comics.
  5. Funny scenes, such as Peter getting tossed around by electrical towers which play the song "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." What makes this even funnier is when Peter says, "I hate this song."
  6. The design of the Spider-Man suit was heavily praised by fans and audiences, bearing a stronger resemblance to the suit from the comics, and was a huge improvement over the suit from the previous movie.
  7. Impressive visuals and computer-generated imagery, especially the web-slinging scenes.
  8. The cinematography is still pretty good to look at.
  9. The alternate ending where Peter reunites his supposedly dead father is heartwarming despite being unnecessary.
  10. The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and The Magnificent Six (Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr, Mike Einziger, Junkie XL, Steve Mazzaro, and Andrew Kawczynski) is well-done.
  11. Despite Gwen's father telling him to stay away from Gwen to keep her safe, the movie portrays the decision of Peter choosing to be with Gwen or keep his promise as a very difficult choice.
    • On the topic, he knows it's wrong to go back on his word and the guilt of it is eating him alive, and it would be in no good taste if he broke his promise. But he also knows it's wrong to break Gwen's heart instead of moving on from his guilt, and keeping the promise brings them both nothing but pain, especially since they've already been through enough when Gwen lost her father and Peter lost Uncle Ben.
    • As a result of breaking his promise, he suffered the consequences and lost Gwen as a result.
  12. The story concept is mostly good and it has a great blend of act-rom-com (action, comedy and romance).
  13. While underused as a villain, Harry Osborn is a decent character with a lot of screen-time and attention focused on him, an understandable motivation, and great chemistry with Peter.
    • Despite his design, he does look faithful to the comics with the makeup instead of a helmet in the first original Spider-Man film from 2002.
  14. "YOU'RE A FRAUD, SPIDER MAN!!!"
  15. Despite being not a great villain, Max Dillon/Electro was sympathetic before he became Electro since he only wanted to have a friend and not be treated like a nobody.
  16. Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance and his line "I think I know that guy!" is pretty funny.

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Reception

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and audiences, with criticism aimed at Foxx's portrayal of Electro, the script and runtime. However, the special effects, the chemistry between Stone and Garfield, the action scenes, and Hans Zimmer and The Magnificent Six's musical score received praise. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 51% based on 308 reviews, an average rating of 5.78/10, and an audience score of 64%. The site's critical consensus reads, "While the cast is outstanding and the special effects are top-notch, the latest installment of the Spidey saga suffers from an unfocused narrative and an overabundance of characters.". It used to be lowest-rated Spider-Man film, until 4 years later, when Venom got 30% score on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 53 out of 100 based on 50 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, lower than the "A−" earned by its predecessor.

Trivia

  • Before Sony had an agreement with Marvel Studios to bring Spider-Man into the MCU, there were plans for a third main film where Spider-Man tries to cure the love ones he lost and was to have spin-offs such as the Sinister Six.
  • Jamie Foxx reprised his role as Electro in Spider-Man: No Way Home with a different, comic-faithful design, despite his character coming from the same universe as this film. Also Andrew Garfield did reprised his role as Spider-Man in that film as well.
  • Mary Jane Watson was supposed to appear in the movie but was cut in favor of focusing more with Peter and Gwen's relationships.

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