[MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED]
So I went to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 today & got the whole IMAX experience & stuff & I must say this movie did not disappoint me. (Not counting all the nitpicking stuff, because lets face it... No one likes someone who nitpicks) So here is my review.
The movie starts off & shows exactly what happened to Peter's parents. While trying to escape after leaving Peter behind with his Aunt May & Uncle Ben (We still don't get the whole "With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility" motto in this film either) they are killed in a plane crash but not before Richard Parker (Peter's dad) is able to send a video he recorded to his secret lab under the Roosevelt train station. (Seriously why didn't he just send the video when he made it, that would have been one less thing he had to worry about while fighting their murderer on a plane that was flying without a pilot, because the killer killed the pilot, while pretending to be the co-pilot)
The movie then cuts to Spider-Man swinging through the City of New York (which looks amazing in the whole IMAX experience shenanigans) while his high school graduation is taking place. He follows New Yorks finest to a car chase where Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich aka The Rhino is driving a big truck with a stolen OSCORP truck hinged on. He is trying to get the serum that were in the stolen OSCORP trucks vault. For some reason that was never mentioned in the movie why he wanted the serums. Paul Giamatti (who plays the Rhino) gets a quick 4 minute scene with a bunch of cheesy one liners from Spider-Man & just like that he is taken down. But not before Spider-Man saves some goofy black dude named Max Dillon (played by Jamie Foxx) who works at OSCORP who has a weird fetish for Spider-Man & people knowing him who then in turns becomes Electro & wants to be this god like being in New York City & wants to kill Spider-Man
The movie then takes a turn down lovers lane between Gwen Stacey & Peter Parker. They are still in love but Peter cant get over the death of her dad & the promise he made to him. Gwen breaks up with him, while he tried breaking up with her only to go on & off again throughout the movie about 2-3 more times before Peter realizes she is the love of his life.
Norman Osborne is pronounced dead but not before giving his son Harry Osborne some sore of hard-drive with all of OSCORP's secrets and informing him about the disease/illness he too carries. Kinda messed up that he wouldn't inform his son you know, years before so he had a fighting chance. Anyways Harry & Peter re-unite & then theres a bunch of bromance. Harry takes over the business & pretty much shits on the entire OSCORP staff by making the new girl whose name happens to be Felicia in charge of them. Yes it turns out Felicity Jones secret role was indeed what we all speculated: Felicia Hardy aka after taking a dose of the Super Soldier Serum the same one that was given to Steve Rogers aka Captain America she becomes The Black Cat. Another one of Peter Parkers hot girlfriends. Which is kind of weird because Peter & Felicia have a thing in the comics, and Black Cat & Spiderman have a separate thing. Anyways moving on.
Max Dillon is punked at work by Mr. Smythe & is told he has to stay at work & fix a shortage on his birthday. Btw by Mr. Smythe I do mean Alistair Smythe. The creator of the Spider-Bots and Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin's right hand man. Although there was no mention of The Kingpin or Wilson Fisk throughout this entire movie unfortunately.
Peter Parker is still trying to figure out what is going on with his parents, Aunt May is still hiding secrets only because she thinks she is not good enough for Peter. Peter tells her he loves her & that he just wants to know the truth so she spills the beans & finally he finds out the truth behind his parents.
Harry's sickness is getting worse & after doing some research at OSCORP he learns about the Venom Storage, & the Super genetically enhanced Spiders and jumps to the conclusion that Spider-Mans blood can help him. He reads a newspaper titled "The Daily Bugle" & on the front page is a Picture of Spider-Man with photo credits to Peter Parker. Now we don't see Peter Parker actually step foot in the Daily Bugle because J.J has yet to be cast. But it was a hint towards things to come in the future. (My hopes are that J.K Simmons comes back to play the role.) Harry tells Peter he needs him to talk Spider-Man into donating his blood & after a long thought out process, Spider-Man shows up & tells Harry in person he wont do it. Harry gets upset & develops a hate for Spider-Man.
Donald Menken who is played by Colm Feore kicks Harry out of OSCORP & takes matters at OSCORP into his own hands. Now my speculations are that with The Sinister Six movie in the works, & the Vulture wings that were teased in the film, Colm Feore or Donald Menken maybe taking up the Wings as the Vulture although Donald Menken had no explicit link to the character The Vulture. It was in fact Adrian Toomes who became The Vulture. But since there was no sign of Adrian Toomes in this movie either I am putting my money on Colm Feore.
After Spidey defeats Electro the first time at Times Square, Donald Menken has Electro sent to Ravencroft Prison to be experimented on. Harry Osborne in turn breaks Electro out makes him feel important & gets him to help him get back into OSCORP so he can get to the Venom Storage & attempt to heal himself. In return he promises Electro Spider-Man. Electro decimates a bunch of Prison Guards & helps Harry get back into OSCORP and then heads after Spider-Man. Harry forces Donald Menken to take him to the Secret Projects Area where the Venom Storage as well as all the other Sinister Six easter eggs await us. The first time we have a privledge of heading into the chamber they show Dr. Octopus' tentacles and The Green Goblins suit & Glider. Harry injects himself with The genetically enhanced Spiders and turns into the Green Goblin. Scared for his life Donald Menken runs off. Harry puts the suit on to survive & goes after Spider-Man
Spider-Man & Electro have a huge fight at the power grid & with a little bit of help from Gwen he is able to defeat Electro, all way too fast before he vanishes. I was hoping to see a lot more from Electro but it seems as thought he was not the main antagonist after all. That would go to The Green Goblin.
Just as Spider-Man is recovering from his fight with Electro, The Green Goblin crashes the party & figures out that Spider-Man is in fact Peter Parker because he sees Gwen Stacey. He grabs Gwen & heads to the top of the clock tower. Peter tells him to fight him instead & let Gwen go & so Harry drops her. Peter Parker catches Gwen & falls through the roof of the Clock tower. Spider-Man & The Green Goblin get into a fight & Spider-Man saves Gwen for a second time as shes falling through the clock tower with his web. While holding onto Gwen for her life & fighting off Harry as best as he can, the web snaps & Gwen falls. Spider-Man knocks Harry out & shoots his web in hopes of saving the love of his life. Unfortunately this time he is unable to save her, & just like in the comic books, Gwen Stacey dies.
The movie cuts to her funeral & then skips a few seasons leading up to the end of the movie. Harry Osborne is at Ravencroft where they kept Electro & suddenly a mysterious figure with an all too familiar voice walks into his cell. Now if you remember The post credits of the first Amazing Spider-Man, you would recall a mysterious man talking to Dr. Curt Connors (The Lizard) right before vanishing he asks If Peter knew the truth about his parents. This is the same man & he is finally revealed as Mr. Fiers, just as I suspected. For those of you who didn't have a bell ring in their head, Mr. Fiers first name Gustav is also known as The Gentleman. The Gentleman first made his appearance in 1999 & gathered The Sinister Six to be used as pawns for a bigger plot.
He asks Harry how many men he wants & Harry's answer was a small group. Harry then asks if he had any one in mind & The Gentleman's response was Aleksei aka The Rhino. We get a shot of The Secret Project Chamber once again, this time revealing not only Dr. Octopus's tentacles, but the Vultures Wings, & The Rhino Mecha-Suit. The movie ends with another short 5 minute scene involving the cops, a little boy, Rhino & Spider-Man.
Now if you take anything from this review, before going to see the movie ensure you have the app Shazam installed on your Smart Phone, if you have a smart phone & Shazam the end credits. Your smart phone will take you to a page that holds the key to the Sinister Six & the Future of The Spider-Man franchise. There are 6 Images shown at the end of the film. The first four are easy to make out. They are: The Goblins Glider, Rhino's Horn, The Vultures Wings & Doc Ocks Tentacles. The last two are a bit tricky. Take a look below:
Now Most people are speculating that the above image is of The Lizard or Kraven The Hunter. While I would love to see Kraven The Hunter be apart of the Sinister Six I do not think it is him. I used the Shazam app & as I got a closer look at the image my first guess was that the 5th member of The Sinister Six is in fact Mac Gargan aka Scorpion. People may have confused the image as Kraven's spear but it looked more like a tail to me. Just my opinion though. Either one of the two would work perfectly fine with me as long as it is not The Lizard.
This one is a bit tricky, but my guess is that the 6th Member will be Quentin Beck aka Mysterio, or Herman Schultz aka Shocker.
The post credit scene was a quick clip of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past film that featured Mystique (played by the lovely Jennifer Lawrence) being a complete bad ass. It stunned me how Fox & SONY was able to come to some sore of an agreement to sneak that in there for us. Could this be a sign of more to come? Perhaps agreeing once more to have Wolverine & Spiderman team up? Or am I asking for too much?
Either way in my opinion The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was great, full of action & Comedy & I rate it an 8.2/10 & I definitely recommend seeing it in IMAX! Thanks for reading & Sound off below!