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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director: Marc Webb
Writer(s): Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Jeff Pinkner
Release Date: United Kingdom:
April 16, 2014
May 2, 2014
Running Time: 142 mins
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (also known as The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro in Brazil) is the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.


In a flashback, Richard Parker records a video message in an attempt to explain himself before his disappearance. Along with Mary Parker, he boards a flight that is hijacked by a man sent to kill him. He thwarts the attempt on his life but the pilot loses control of the plane.

In the present day, Spider-Man is in pursuit of the Russian mob carrying a truck full of dangerous chemicals through the city. Whilst talking to Gwen Stacy on the phone, he sees a vision of her late father, Captain Stacy, and is reminded of the promise he made to stay away from Gwen. During the chase, he saves the life of a man named Max Dillon and stops the gangsters including Aleksei Sytsevich. Afterwards, Peter meets Gwen at their high school graduation ceremony where the two share a kiss. However, later in the evening, Peter tells Gwen about the visions he's been having and insists that he needs to keep his promise. Gwen breaks up with Peter.

After years of being away from the city, Harry Osborn returns as the heir to Oscorp Industries and talks with his father, Norman, who is in very poor health. Norman explains to Harry that the illness is genetic and that Harry is at the age where it will begin to show. Before he dies, he gives Harry a small device which he claims contains his life's work. The next day, it is reported that Norman Osborn has passed away, making Harry Osborn CEO of Oscorp. Upon hearing the news, Peter Parker visits Harry and the two are revealed to have been childhood friends.

Max Dillon, now assuming that he and Spider-Man are best friends, attends work on his birthday as an electrician at Oscorp. Whilst tending to some maintenance, he loses his balance and falls into a tank of electric eels being used for experiments. As a result, he becomes a human mass of electricity. Meanwhile, Peter meets Gwen in attempt to maintain a friendship, and Gwen tells Peter that a job opportunity means she has to move to England. Before the two can discuss it, Max accidentally shuts off the power to Times Square whilst looking for electricity to power himself. Spider-Man attempts to calm the situation down but after the police try to shoot him, Max thinks that Spider-Man has betrayed him and attacks. Spider-Man eventually stops him and he is taken to Oscorp to be tested on.

Harry begins to show symptoms of his illness and uses the device his father gave him to deduce that Spider-Man's blood could help save him. He asks Peter for help finding him but Peter refuses, unsure of what effects the transfusion would have. Parker visits Harry again, this time as Spider-Man, but again refuses. Afterwards, Harry is framed by members of the Oscorp board for covering up the accident involving Max Dillon, now known as Electro. and removed from his position as CEO. An employee, Felicia Hardy, informs Harry of equipment kept off the books that could help him, and Harry makes a deal with Electro to get him back in to the Oscorp building. Once in, he finds a suit of armour and other equipment made by his father and bio-weapons found by Richard that they called "symbiotes".

Peter uses information left behind by his father to to locate the video message Richard left. In it, Richard explains that he had to leave New York because he wasn't willing to go along with Norman Osborn's plans to use what they had created for biological weapons. Peter then receives a voicemail message from Gwen, telling him that she was offered the job in England and was heading to the airport to fly there earlier than expected. Peter manages to catch her and professes his love for her, and the two agree to go to England together. They are interrupted by a blackout caused by Electro, who Peter heads off to fight. Gwen eventually follows, against Peter's demands, and the two are able to defeat Electro by overloading his electricity supply. Just after they do so, Harry Osborn arrives, now as the Green Goblin, and tells Spider-Man that he knows his identity and that he wants revenge for being refused the life saving blood transfusion. The two fight at the top of a clock tower, and Spider-Man manages to subdue the Goblin. However, during the fight, Gwen falls and is supported by a web connected to one of the gears. The gears gives way and Gwen again falls, only this time Spider-Man is tragically unable to save her.

Months pass and Spider-Man is nowhere to be seen in New York, as Peter spends every day at Gwen's grave. Meanwhile, Harry Osborn is visited by the Gentleman who tells him that they have found a man suitable of operating a large suit of armor developed by Oscorp. The man is Aleksei Sytsevich who uses the armor to become The Rhino and attack the city streets. Peter is inspired by a recording of Gwen's graduation speech and makes his return as Spider-Man to fight Rhino.


Production History

Series co-star Emma Stone said The Amazing Spider-Man will be the first in what is envisioned as a new series.[1] Columbia Pictures said in March 2011 that it had contracted James Vanderbilt to write a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man,[2] and in August 2011, Sony announced a release date of May 2, 2014.[3]

Columbia Pictures confirmed that Marc Webb will be directing the Amazing Spider-Man sequel.[4] Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe) wrote the screenplay, based in part on a draft from The Amazing Spider-Man scribe, James Vanderbilt. Shooting is supposed to begin in Feburary 2013.[5]


  • In August 2011, eleven months before the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man", Sony announced the release date for this sequel.
  • Dane DeHaan, Alden Ehrenreich, Brady Corbet, Eddie Redmayne, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth and Boyd Holbrook were considered to play Harry Osborn. Dane DeHaan was officially cast as Harry on December 3, 2012.
  • Jamie Foxx stated that Electro will not be wearing his classic costume from the comics.
  • Jamie Foxx is the first Oscar winner to portray a Spider-Man villain.
  • This is the first "Spider-Man" film to be filmed entirely in New York, and the largest film production ever in New York City.
  • Three display cases in Oscorp feature a set of metal wings, an exoskeleton holding four arms, and a Fishbowl-type Glass helmet. These are homages to Spider-Man's antagonists the Vulture (Adrian Toomes), Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius), and Mysterio (Quentin Beck).
  • Chris Cooper previously appeared in "Seabiscuit", a film already referenced in the immediately before this one, which featured Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks, who appeared in the previous film series.
  • Director Marc Webb chose to shoot on 35mm film instead of the digital Red Epic cameras the original was shot with. While it is relatively common for franchise films to shoot on film and transition to digital for sequels as digital cinematography and 3D has become more commonplace (e.g. "Resident Evil: Afterlife", "Skyfall", "Iron Man 3", "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") this is a rare example of a franchise switching to film after being shot on digital.
  • Paul Giamatti loved the Russian accent he used for Aleksei Sytsevich: "He's a Russian mobster. Russians are always good villains. My accent is pretty hammy. It seemed to me like an opportunity to be as over-the-top hammy as possible. It was really fun."
  • Rochester, NY, location for the filming of the car chase is the home of Kodak. The movie is being filmed using Kodak film.
  • Marc Webb had a two-picture contract with Twentieth Century Fox, which he partially fulfilled by directing "(500) Days of Summer". The second feature would have conflicted with his schedule for directing this film. To be released from that obligation long enough to shoot this film, Webb had to agree to extend that contract to three pictures.
  • Shailene Woodley was cast as Mary-Jane Watson, and even filmed scenes. But her role was cut from the film because the filmmakers felt there were too many characters and wanted to streamline the series, and have Gwen Stacy be the main love interest.
  • Jane Levy and Kristen Stewart were both considered for the role of Mary Jane, before the character was dropped from the story.
  • Chris Cooper (who plays Norman Osborn in this film of the Spider-Man reboot) was considered for the role of Doc Ock/Dr. Otto Octavius in the second film of the series, released in 2004.
  • When asked the relationship between Peter and Gwen, Emma Stone told Total Film that: "She [Gwen] saves him [Peter] more than he saves her. She's incredibly helpful to Spider-Man... He's the muscle, she's the brains."
  • When discussing the sequel, director Marc Webb explained he "wanted to create a universe that can withstand and anticipate future story lines while also working in and of itself for one movie."
  • The film's portrayal of Electro combines the classic Marvel Comics character (mild Maxwell Dillon, who acquires superpowers in an accident and goes insanely villainous) with the Marvel "Ultimate" character (a leather-clad supervillain).
  • Towards the end of the film, Gwen Stacy wears a mint colored coat and a purple skirt, this is a reference to the controversial "Night That Gwen Stacy Died" story arc in the comics where she wore a very similar outfit.






  1. Emma Stone Talks Spider-Man Reboot & Death of Gwen Stacy
  2. James Vanderbilt Returning to Pen 'Spider-Man' Sequel (Exclusive)
  3. Sony Dates ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Sequel
  4. Marc Webb Is Directing ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′; Emma Stone In Talks
  5. 'Spider-Man 2': Marc Webb to spin sequel with Andrew Garfield

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Spider-Man Films
Earth-96283 Released Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
Cancelled Spider-Man 4
Earth-120703 Main films The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | The Amazing Spider-Man 3 | The Amazing Spider-Man 4
Spin-offs Venom | The Sinister Six

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