So the Amazing Spider Man 2 trailer hit the web and I watched it a few times (about 20, but who’s counting?). I went through multiple phases of reactions until now, I think I’ve thought about it logically and come to a proper conclusion. I really want to love this movie, so I might be leaning towards optimism in this article, but don’t we all want our superhero movies to be great? Before I get to that, let’s go through a little analysis of the trailer (I know there are a lot, but bear with me).
So obviously, the three main villains we’re seeing prominently are Electro, Rhino and the Green Goblin. Personally, I think there will be two main plotlines in the story. The major one will be the Electro one that I think Marc Webb is kind of keeping under wraps for now. This trailer, more than anything, seems to just have been put out to get people riled up and excited. All publicity is good publicity, as they say.
I’m really glad that they are keeping most of what’s going on a secret. I think the audience has been misdirected intentionally by this trailer. Nobody is talking about Electro right now, even though he will be the main villain. All the talk is about the Green Goblin and Rhino, and of course, the Sinister Six reference with Doc Oc and the Vulture references.
I think the Rhino will be a minor villain who shows up for a brief amount of time before being taken care of by Spidey. I really feel like he’ll be a throw-in and turn out to be unnecessary in the plot. Electro like I said will be part of the main storyline. The second storyline will involve Peter discovering what his parents were doing for Oscorp. This of course will lead to the Harry Osborne connection and I believe that the first 2/3 of the movie will mainly be about Electro and the last 1/3 will be the Green Goblin plot.
My other theory about that is… What if the Green Goblin isn’t a villain? Okay, okay, calm down, I know he’s the most iconic Spider Man villain. Just hold on. As mentioned in the beginning of the movie, Peter says there are powers he won’t be able to overcome. So what if at first, Peter and the Green Goblin fight, but then join to defeat a greater force: Electro. That will remove one villain from the equation and make it less crowded than the trailer makes it seem.
A very improbable theory I also have is that the movie will start off with a fight between Spider Man and Shocker. Shocker was referenced in a Daily Bugle post recently and if you look at the trailer properly, you can see a scene where the ground vibrates, throwing everything up. Of course this can be Electro, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the first 5 minutes show just that one battle and Spider Man taking care of a minor baddie.
The Doctor Octopus and Vulture scene was probably part of a post-credit scene a la the first Amazing Spider Man. It again seems like the Gentleman going to see another villain, possibly approaching Rhino and/or Electro like he did the Lizard.
Furthermore, there was a Felicity Jones appearance in one of the Green Goblin scenes. Felicity who? How about Felicia Hardy? That’s right, Black Cat is making an appearance too albeit in her civilian persona. Getting too crowded? I don’t think so. I think it’s just introducing characters, however briefly, in order to expand the complete Spider Man Universe.
Finally, SPOILER ALERT! When Norman Osborne says not everyone has a happy ending, I believe he isn’t referring to Peter, but to Gwen Stacy. As seen in the comics, Gwen Stacy dies at the hands of the Green Goblin (and kind of Peter himself), and it seems we’ll see the last of Emma Stone in this movie. This is enforced by the fact that Shailene Woodley was set to appear in this movie as Mary Jane Watson, Peter’s next love interest after Gwen’s death, but she was pushed to the next one because the movie was getting too packed.
My conclusion is that we really got a mix and match of random footage just to get people talking, good or bad. I don’t think the movie will be as much of a mess as the trailer makes it seem. Also, those complaining about the action scene seeming like a video game: guys, the movie is 6 months away! 6 months! I think we should consider how much post-production efforts will go in the next half a year into this movie.
So do you agree with any of my theories? Do you think the movie is a cluttered mess or just a misdirected trailer to get us riled up?