The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is easily one of the most anticipated panels of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 and Sony knows it. Rather than kicking things off by bringing out the cast or even just rolling straight into some footage, the studio upped the suspense further by having the Hall H audience sit in darkness as a deep rumbling sound built, ultimately revealing a pair of wide screens alongside the side of the room and then unleashing a display of cross-screen web-slinging before showing off the Amazing Spider-Man 2 logo.
-- The showmanship continued with a running gag involving the “real” Spider-Man attending the panel. After screening a video of Spider-Man climbing all over Comic-Con, the hero sauntered into Hall H, took a seat at the panel, and fielded a few questions. And it just so happens, his voice sounded very similar to that of Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield.
-- One fan professed his own homosexuality and brought up Garfield’s comment on wanting to see Peter Parker explore his sexuality to which Garfield commended him for his openness and noted, “Spider-Man stands for everybody – black, white, Asian, gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual,” and, “Part of the beauty of Spider-Man is that he’s covered head to toe. You don’t see any skin color. You don’t identify him with any sexual orientation. He is a hero. Gay, straight, lesbian, black, white, he’s a hero and that’s what’s important.”
-- As Dane DeHaan explained, in this version of Peter and Harry’s friendship, the two are childhood friends, but due to a complicated relationship with his father, Harry is sent to boarding school and is cut off from everything and everyone. When it’s time to graduate from high school, Harry returns home and must reconcile his relationship with Peter.
-- When someone asked director Marc Webb about the abundance of characters in the film and likened it to the villain overload in Spider-Man 3, Webb points out, “The main villain in this movie is Electro. That’s the obstacle that he’s got to fight. And, you know, Paul Giamatti makes an appearance and there’s a couple scenes in the movie with him in it, but that was to establish sort of a fun tone.”
-- Foxx on ditching Electro’s green-and-yellow getup – “It’s like, you wanna be true to everything, but also you wanna be pioneers as well. You wanna move forward, so I think the way that they crafted this, it shows how we crafted Max’s transformation to getting to where he is. It’s rugged, and when you see the footage, it’s raw. It’s just something that he grabbed and he makes it his own. He’s really not worried about what he has on. He wants to get to this guy and really make him pay.”
Webb prefaced by explaining that they just wrapped three weeks ago, the footage isn’t finished and there’s even some storyboards in the mix, but he insisted that he was confident that we’d “get the idea.”
The footage came in the form of a trailer. After a scenic opening shot of New York City, we move to the action on the street, specifically a large truck being pursued by a brigade of cop cars. The cops are having a tough time stopping the truck in its tracks, so in swoops Spider-Man, landing on top of a cop car, and riding it up to the target vehicle. He jumps on the truck, reaches into a window, and disarms the assailant.
Then it cuts to a scene between Aunt May (Sally Field) and Peter Parker. She complains that the last time he did laundry, he turned everything blue and red, to which Peter replies that he was just trying to wash his American flag. After that quieter moment, it’s back into the heat of the action where Spider-Man saves Max during a close call. Spider-Man tells a rattled Max, “You’re not a nobody,” and, “You’re my eyes and ears out there.”
Shortly after that, the tone shifts and we find a disgruntled Max sulking in a lab, wishing he could be like Spider-Man. After getting a vicious jolt of electricity, Max falls into a tank of electric eel and is zapped repeatedly before the glass breaks, and Max comes tumbling out. Later on we get a shot of Max skulking down the street with a hood on his head before moving in to slowly reveal his new glowing-blue hue.
After professing a hope for people to live in “his world,” a world without mercy and Spider-Man, Max announces, “I’m Electro,” and the piece explodes in a grand finale, an attack on Times Square. Max, now in full Electro form, hovers over the crowd and blows things to bits via blue bolts that shoot from his hands, all culminating in one enormous explosion.
To wrap up on a lighter note, we get one last snippet of Spider-Man catching a flying car before it squishes an innocent victim. Spidey asks him, “Need a hand?”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens nationwide on May 4, 2014.