What Should We Expect With The Amazing Spider-Man Sequel?

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I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this summer’s big blockbuster hit, The Amazing Spider-Man. The series reboot, directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer), was said to be much “darker” and “closer to the comics” than Sam Raimi’s series. And what Webb did worked. I can’t say that I just loved the movie for Emma Stone (who played Gwen Stacy), as there was a lot more than just a pretty face to look at for the duration of the film. There was action, intensity, and yes, a lot of darkness. But an abundance of comic relief, multiple down-to-earth personalities, and a genuine relationship between Parker and Stacy met the movie’s adventurous chills and thrills, giving The Amazing Spider-Man great balance.

So, now the question can be asked: What will the sequel hold in store? Well, we’ve found out recently that Jamie Foxx will be playing Electro, the film’s villain, and Shailene Woodley will be Mary Jane Watson (I jokingly said that Stone should just become a redhead again and play Watson). I assume the sequel will pick up where the last left off, with Garfield finishing up high school and eventually running into Watson in college. The first film found Stacy matching Parker’s physical perils with her brains, forming a stunning duo that was fun to follow. While the original series had Watson unaware of Parker’s true identity of Spider-Man until the end of the second movie, the reboot finds Parker’s female friend, Stacy, a sidekick right away, thrusting herself right into the heart of the story’s madness.

From my personal sentiments, I sure hope Stacy doesn’t get killed off in the second movie. Most of my reasoning comes just because I love Stone, and would hate to see her depart this early. But that’s the biggest problem. How will Webb allow for the most out of Stone’s acting, while remaining as close to the comics as possible? Once again, like he did with the charm and intensity of the first film, he’ll have to balance attractiveness with accuracy. For die-hard fans of the comics, Stacy getting killed off would fit right in line with the Amazing Spider-Man books of the 1970s. In an interview, Stone even said that she supports this plot twist.

Essentially the argument is that Spider-Man kills her by accident, so the person she loves is the person who kills her, which is the most horrifying thing. Apparently people unsubscribed to the comic book when that happened because they were just so flipped-out over it. But, of course, I want to stay true to that.

So don’t be surprised if the beloved Stacy is killed in the sequel, and even more importantly, if she is accidentally killed by her own lover.

The decision of making Electro the film’s villain was also met with lots of questions. In the comics, Electro wasn’t exactly the strongest villain in the world. He had to steal electrical equipment from Stark Industries just to make him powerful enough to match up with Spider-Man (and if Tony Stark is anywhere near this film, I might crap my pants). After joining the Sinister Six team of supervillains, Electro was the first to be defeated. The conclusion to be made is that he is a fairly weak enemy.

How then, will Electro match up to the Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus, and more importantly, the villain of The Amazing Spider-Man, the Lizard? It’s tough to say how exactly he’ll be a threat to Spider-Man, but if Foxx can play a character a convincing bad guy – of which we haven’t seen him do so far in his filmography – the sequel could surpass the greatness of the first. The movie needs to have an enthralling story. In the previous film, Webb did a great job of developing Parker into Spider-Man; now his bigger challenge is to build upon it. The Amazing Spider-Man leaves with Parker’s questionable relationship with Stacy, his struggle to find the whereabouts of his parents, and emerging villains who want him dead. For the sequel, Webb has a lot to work with.

When it comes to comedic elements, dialogue, and interaction, I really hope the sequel keeps trekking similar ground as the first movie. This is what the reboot has going for it; a far improvement over Raimi’s struggle to develop characters, as he rather relied on huge fights and action sequences to get the job done. But that’s where Webb’s series could improve. The one thing that The Amazing Spider-Man could build upon is the strength of the villains, and for the sequel, they need to make Electro as dangerous as possible in order for the film to be a success. Even if Stacy is killed off early in the film, as long as the story is as electrifying (no pun intended), I will be more than happy with the follow-up to The Amazing Spider-Man.

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Author: Tim Dodderidge View all posts by
I'm a student at the University of Kansas hoping to major in journalism. I love Christopher Nolan films, eating at Taco Bell, and playing indoor soccer. I also like to watch How I Met Your Mother and enjoy writing poetry.

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