Spider-Man Swings Back Into Theatres
U.S. Release Date: 5/2/14
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan, hits theatres.
Director Marc Webb’s sequel to 2012’s Spider-Man pic has already made its mark on the overseas market. Sony Pictures, the movies distributor, estimates that the film has raked up a walloping $130 million plus on foreign shores.
To date, the web slinging super-hero and his alter ego Peter Parker (both played by Garfield) have been enjoying their latest big screen outing in approximately forty foreign markets, including Israel, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, Argentina and the UK.
Aside from the USA, the movie, based, of course, on Marvel’s comic series, will also be making its debut this week in Canada, Singapore and China, among other countries. The Chinese market was an especially huge money maker for the original adventure – the pic made more than $40 million there alone.
As in that movie and director Sam Raimi’s previous Spider trilogy, released in the early 2000s, the title character is, of course, saving New York City and quite possibly the entire world from destruction. This time around the villain corner comprises of Jamie Foxx’s Electro, a seemingly harmless outcast who becomes the bad guy after some messy goings on involving electric eels, and Harry Osborne (DeHaan) – Peter Parker’s longtime buddy.
Harry, who inherits a horrific disease from his father, Norman Osborne (Chris Cooper), goes bad and does something particularly nasty before the movie’s end. A heavy player in the mix is Oscorp – a shady company that is somehow involved in Peter’s parents’ mysterious and sudden disappearance.
“Oscorp was built for a single purpose – to preserve Norman Osborn’s life,” says Webb. “He has a terrible disease, and the wealth of the company has been used to create the company’s Special Projects division – crazy solutions to a very simple problem. But Norman Osborn is not an ethical man, and in Special Projects there exist a lot of hidden, dark, nasty things that the rest of us do not want to see unleashed on the world.”
Webb says he wanted this movie, which he believes is more playful than its predecessor, to capture the spirit of the original comics.
“You look at the comic books and you see it – his quips, his funniness, his lighthearted qualities. That’s part of what so many people love about Spider-Man – and certainly what I love about him.”
Garfield says it’s hard to be Peter Parker, but it’s great to be Spider-Man.
“As Peter Parker, he has all of the same problems that we all have – girl problems, money problems. But when he puts on the suit, it’s a massive release. He can breathe. Spider-Man always knows the right thing to do – he’s a vessel for good, heroic energy and saving people. He takes joy and pleasure in it, and a playfulness comes out of him.”
In the previous adventure, Parker promised the father of his girlfriend Gwen Stacey (Stone) that he would protect her by steering clear of her, but, to use a very tired cliche, it’s complicated. Says Stone:
“This is what should be a wonderful moment in Gwen’s life – she’s valedictorian, she’s about to go to Columbia, she has an offer to go to Oxford – but in the midst of that, she’s dealing with the loss of her father and trying to find her way with this boy who clearly has a lot going on.”
Meanwhile, memories of stepping onto the set and seeing Garfield decked out in the Spider-Man suit are, for Foxx, like moments in history.
“We’re doing something that people really love. It’s a part of our fabric, part of our culture. That was very meaningful to me and it was a responsibility I took seriously – in crafting Electro, I wanted to be a formidable opponent.”
Studio: Sony Pictures
Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, with Paul Giamatti and Sally Field.
Screenwriters: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt. Based on the Marvel comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Executive Producers: E. Bennett Walsh, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.
Sources: Sony Pictures and Los Angeles Times
Image Info: ( L ) to( R ) Jamie Foxx and Andrew Garfield. Photo by Niko Tavernise © 2013 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.