Last week, as part of the build up to Sony’s Hall H presentation of The Amazing Spiderman 2 at Comic Con, the studio released this teaser trailer featuring Jamie Foxx as the film’s primary villain, Electro. I have heard nothing but good things from the production of this movie, and if the very relaxed Comic Con panel suggests anything, it’s that the cast members themselves are equally confident in what they have in store for us (footage of that Q&A session can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPlP4Wvc65c).
The ongoing drama surrounding the inclusion of the Mary Jane character in the film, previously performed by Kirsten Dunst in the trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, is a different story. Initially, the character was to be played by Shailene Woodley, who was excellent in the 2011 drama The Descendants. She has since been dropped from the production. Speaking with MTV, she briefly discussed the thought process behind the filmmakers decision to cut the character, stating, “In the beginning I don’t think it was something anybody ever really thought about, because it was just like, OK, we’ll introduce MJ in this one, and bring her back in the next…But then after they sort of started cutting it together, they realized that it didn’t make much sense.” When asked whether she would return or be recast in the third film, director Marc Webb, speaking to Collider, replied, “I don’t know, she has a lot on her plate. We haven’t really crossed that bridge yet.” I personally would not be surprised if she was recast, but time will tell. In the mean time, we at the very least are guaranteed some sparky interplay between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker, and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacey.
Finally, speaking of Garfield, and to further underscore the serious potential that The Amazing Spiderman 2 has going for it, the star divulged to Entertainment Weekly his thoughts on the production of the film, stating, ” One of the big struggles we had on the first one was to reinvent this already perfect character. This time, we have this very, very good script that makes a lot of sense…[When I read it] I felt this warm rain of reassurance rushing through my soul. I was like, ‘Okay, we’re fine.’” The Amazing Spiderman 2 will be released on April 17, 2014.
Electro Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPlP4Wvc65c
Entertainment Weekly Issue #1268, July 19, 2013, pg 38.