It’s Almost Amazing for Spider-Man’s Second Outing

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Spider-Man 2 Poster

Oh just what kind of tangled web have you weaved, Spidey? Stan Lee can have a field day narrating The Amazing Spider-Man 2 if given the chance. Technically he has, as part of Kellogg’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Web-Sling Game. In the past he provided the intros for the cartoon, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, but for this movie, maybe that would help explain the bits and pieces that’s cobbled together to make up this overtly graphic novel sized drama.

Technically, this film is a marvel to behold. The 3D elements are well placed and when viewed in RealD, viewers are flying in the air with the greatest of ease with the web-slinger. Even the slug fests are dynamic, but that does not help fix a rather long story that requires knowledge of what happened in the first act from the first film.

Although this movie recaps what’s important from it, the disappearance of Richard and Mary Parker, their significance permeates Marc Webb’s retelling of what makes a man a spider (with a screenplay worked on by James Vanderbilt, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci).

But Spider-Man is no Batman. Parker became a web-slinging avenger because of Uncle Ben and the values he impressed upon the young lad. Even though shades of Batman style villainy can be felt in this film, the depths it goes is that of to not introduce Kingpin just yet into the narrative.

To figure out what’s going on requires viewers to be familiar with parts of the Spider-Man canon or what comic book series the film’s plot takes its moments from.

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IMAX Fanfix Gears up for Spider-Man 2 Mondo Poster!

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


If the first IMAX 12:01 Amazing Spider-Man poster looked good, then the Fanfix version that will soon be distributed is going to be spectacular! Inspired by the trends that feature film intros have been making lately — to have film credits in the opening sequence blend with the background or become part of the camera shot and disappear as it pans — then this new exclusive for movie-goers going to the very first IMAX screening is certainly going to be a treat.

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Superbowl Trailers and Analysis!

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Is there going to be a eugenics war in Amazing Spider-Man 2? If this latest trailer is any indication, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is learning that Oscorp Industries has followed him for some time now. They are interested in cross-breeding experiments. Through bio-morphism and the study of regeneration, Dr. Curt Connors became the Lizard and thinks the world can be a better place if everyone in New York City is changed. Peter had to deal with that threat in the first movie and save the day.

With hype for the second movie now in full swing, this sequel will show what the power of substance abuse can do to other people. Apparently the serum that Connors “perfected” is still being studied. With him gone, what’s hidden and contained remains a secret to everyone but Norman Osborne. His son, Harry (Dane DeHaan) seems to be privy to some information, but as for how much he knows, viewers will have to see Amazing Spider-Man 2 (due to be released in theatres May 2) to find out.

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Spider-Man 2 Trailer Rips into Times Square! (and Thoughts)

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Spider-Man 2 Poster

Spider-Man fans may well want to tear into this latest trailer for story clues. Released on New Year’s Eve, this trailer teases at a big fight in Time Square and fortunately, it does not look like it is happening around the same date … or does it? Plenty of people are seen converging upon this famous intersection in New York City and the inter-titles suggests a big party is going on.

In this short, not only does one villain appear, namely Electro, but also there seems to be two more waiting in the wings! Rhino gets a massive upgrade ala the mechanical Green Goblin suit which may borrow an idea from Sam Raimi’s version, and it’s this behemoth that I’ll be looking forward to seeing. I’m sorry, Jamie Foxx, but although you look terrifying as Electro, it’s the mechanical Perissodactyla that is drawing me in to supporting this film.

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It’s Amazing Spider-Man X Four!

Yes, there will most likely be a cross over with either Iron Man or the Avengers, and that would make for an Amazing Spider-Man series.

Amazing Spider-Man CROPSony Pictures has confirmed today that they are making two more movies to turn “Amazing Spider-Man” into a quadrilogy. The second film, already deep in production, will open May 2, 2014, with the third scheduled for June 10, 2016 and the fourth May 4th, 2018.

This announcement is no surprise when considering how well this reboot has done financially. As the pressure mounts to deliver a good product, with news of certain actors playing key villains, namely Electro and Rhino, maybe this film series is building up to a showdown with Spider-Man versus the Sinister Six. The founding members of this nefarious team consists of Sandman, Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. The question is, just how much will this team differ from its comic book counterpart?

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