The Amazing Spider-Man DVD/Blu-ray is available in stores today, but we’re taking a look at what to expect to see in the film’s sequel.
You’re probably picking up director Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot today, despite most likely already seeing the film multiple times in theaters (considering it raked in over $750 million) and we’ve already seen all the deleted and behind-the-scenes clips – but what can we expect from the film’s sequel?
Details we already know about the sequel
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will obviously be returning for their roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Both of these actors are huge stars now and after their roles in The Amazing Spider-Man, they’re only going to get bigger. Stone has a big role coming up in Gangster Squad and Movie 43, and Andrew Garfield is most likely working on a film between the next Spider-Man’s shoot date, which starts at the beginning of 2013.
Director Marc Webb is returning for the film’s sequel and he’s very interested in the villain Electro (Electro was rumored to be the person who visited Dr. Connors in his cell during the post-credits scene). He’ll also be looking to include the Green Goblin, which is reportedly one of his favorite comic villains.
Norman Osborn should play a large role in the sequel. While re-using Osborn seems almost like a lazy choice, he’s such an integral part of Parker’s story that it would be very difficult to continue without him entering Spider-Man’s life. Plus, Webb is a fan of the Green Goblin and we imagine Parker will run into his old friend Harry Osborn.
There have been rumors that Mary Jane will make an appearance in the second film and that Shailene Woodley may be in the running to play the character. This will definitely occur, as Webb has confirmed she will be in the sequel.
Marc Webb wants to branch out from the film’s main story line, having already planted the back story of Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s origins. This is a given. With the original trilogy still in the minds of the public, Webb is going to want to move very quickly away from the story that’s already been told. In The Amazing Spider-Man he had to retell a lot of filler and back story, but in the sequel he has the ability to blaze a new trail for Spidey and we imagine he’ll be making some interesting plot choices.
What we expect to see in the sequel
A love triangle between Mary Jane, Gwen Stacy, and Peter Parker. Why? Because awkward love triangles sell tickets. Marc Webb will definitely have his say about the script, but he’s still at the mercy of the studio. Plus, the more women in Peter’s life, the more villains can “attack his heart!”
Multiple villains. Webb will definitely work Norman Osborn into the film, which means the Green Goblin could make an appearance and he’s made it clear he’s “excited” about Electro – but he is a comic book fan and if we know anything, it’s that they love having multiple villains gang up on their superheroes.
[Possible plot spoiler] Gwen Stacy possibly dying. Crazy, we know – but in the Spider-Man comics Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) dies during a battle between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man. This is unlikely though, because Emma Stone has become a mega-star and Sony Studios will most likely be against killing off someone who is essentially a bigger star than Andrew Garfield now.
Peter Parker will be in college and continue the work that his dad started. In the comics, Parker is a genius, we know this from the original trilogy, but Peter is no slacker. He will be taking college as seriously as he can while battling multiple villains, but his main goal will be to ace his physics exam. This realism in the first film sold the story and we think Marc Webb will use it to his advantage again in the sequel.
More point of view shots in IMAX 3D. Sadly 3D wasn’t “just a fad,” but luckily for us Marc Webb knows how to use it. Webb has said that the 3D shots won him over when he saw them on screen and that he wished he had used the point of view shots of Spider-Man swinging through the city a bit more. With audiences erupting with applause during the scenes where Spidey swings from boom crane to boom crane, we can’t blame him – the 3D looked flawless and was probably the best use of the technology in 2012 (Yes, even more than in Avengers).
Look for clues about the sequel in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
Sometimes, when watching a film in theaters (especially one of this size) an audience just doesn’t have time to pick up on all the details that the director hoped you’d catch. When you’re watching the film again today at home, take the time to catch any tiny details that you may have missed that they worked into the film. Director Marc Webb admits that there were “Easter eggs” in the film that no one had pointed out yet that were clues about the sequel, so be on the look out for them.
Take the time to watch the deleted scenes, or the final clip where the mystery man (rumored to be Electro) comes to Dr. Connors’ cell, it’s quite an interesting scene – you may even notice that Connors defends Parker and asks that he (Electro) “leave the boy alone!”
Also, check out this video where director Marc Webb and The Amazing Spider-Man’s Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Jerome Chen discuss the film and possible “Easter eggs” in the DVD/Blu-ray.
We hope you enjoy The Amazing Spider-Man on DVD/Blu-ray this weekend and be sure to come back and let us know if you catch any new details that you previously missed.
The Amazing Spider-Man’s sequel has a release date set for May 2, 2014.