by Brett White
It was only a matter of time before the “Amazing Spider-Man 2” footage screened at San Diego Comic-Con International leaked—and then it was only a matter of time before the footage got yanked. For fans lucky enough to catch the footage while it was live, you got to see a tinier and grainier version of what a few hundred people got to see on the big screen a few weeks ago. And since filming only wrapped a month ago, it’s likely that we won’t see a proper trailer for the film until the fall or even winter.
But even with only a few weeks of post-production under their belt, the “ASM2″ team has pulled off quite a feat. The four minutes of footage conveys the sequel’s new tone and show off plenty of great special effects moments—at least they were great from the phone-quality video that leaked. Check out a rundown of the footage after the jump, which contains spoilers for those of you waiting for the trailer’s official release.
Overall the footage feels a lot more in line with the best parts of Sam Raimi’s original “Spider-Man” trilogy. There’s a lot more daylight, a lot more public adoration, and a much zippier tone than that found in “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Having the superhero in his classic costume makes the transition from moody to funny feel even more right; this is a Spider-Man that has fun. “You know what I love about being Spider-Man?” Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man yells while swinging through the city. “Everything!”
The footage starts off with an elaborate runaway eighteen wheeler set piece, which seems to be the same scene that all the photos of Paul Giamatti’s pre-Rhino bad guy came from. Spider-Man leaps on Rhino’s getaway truck, introducing himself with a jokey “How ya doing? I’m Spider-Man!”
There’s a humorous scene filled with even more of the naturalistic banter from the first film, this time between Aunt May and Peter Parker. The two argue over laundry, with Aunt May saying that the last time Peter did the laundry, he “turned everything blue and red.” Peter tries to cover it up by saying he was washing his American flag, which leads Sally Field to retort, “no one washes the flag!”
Back on the street, we get to see these blueprints in the hands of Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) as he is saved by Spider-Man. Foxx delivers a few rushed and shocked thanks to Spider-Man, more surprised about someone noticing him than the huge disaster he averted.
“It must be pretty cool to have the whole world see you like that,” gushes Max Dillon. “I wish I was like him… the amazing Spider-Man.”
But not everyone’s so in love with Spider-Man; Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy reveals that while she loves Spider-Man, she loves Peter Parker more. Then there’s another quick bit of wisdom from Aunt May: “Everyone has a part of themselves they hide, even from the people they love most. You don’t have forever. None of us ever do.”
The footage then dives right into what appears to be Dillon’s villainous origin, as he falls into an Oscorp tank full of electric eels and goes full on Electro. This is set to a voiceover from Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn, who sounds surprisingly deathbed-y… or maybe he just got done jogging? Smash cut to a ton of action scenes, a lot involving flying and flipping police cars. Electro’s grand plan seems to involve making everyone see him for “who he truly is”—and getting rid of Spider-Man, of course.
The big moment comes when Electro unleashes his powers, with the screen dropping to black only to be punctuated by footage of the villain’s power blasts—accompanied with “Inception”-style bwaaahms. The title comes on the screen, followed by a stinger of Spider-Man doing a spectacular save involving a hurtling cop car and a lot of flips.
Whatever gripes people had about the first film, from the costume redesign to the rehashed origin, seem to have been addressed this time around. This looks fresh, fun, classic and new all at the same time. Next May looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.
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