by Michael-Andrew Clancy
Following the success of last summer’s comic-book blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, production is already well under-way on a sequel. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sees appropriately named director Marc Webb return for directorial duties, while Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), and Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben) all reprise their roles. Very few details regarding the story have been revealed, but the cast updates and set photos which have been released are enough to get any fan’s spider-sense tingling.
The impressive cast of the first film are joined this time around by a rogues gallery of equally impressive newcomers. Following his career-reigniting role in Django Unchained, Jamie Foxx is donning the spandex as ‘shocking’ villain Max Dillon a.k.a. Electro, while Paul Giamatti beefs up for the role of The Rhino.
Gwen Stacy gets a rival for Peter Parker’s affections as Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) plays Spider-Man’s second-greatest love, Mary Jane Watson.
While photos of Foxx or Giamatti on set, or in costume, have yet to be released, the first photos of Woodley as Mary Jane (taking on a role previously played by Kirsten Dunst in the Sam Raimi trilogy) hit the internet this week.
Only the shadowy corporation Oscorp featured in the first film, but both members of this dysfunctional family appear this time around. Oscar-nominated actor Chris Cooper has just joined the cast as the psychotic Norman Osborn, while Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) plays his troubled son Harry.
English actress Felicity Jones has also been cast in an as-yet unannounced role, but rumor has it she could be playing Black Cat.
Spider-Man’s iconic suit has also undergone a slight, but significant, re-design for the sequel. The costume now features bigger eyes and slight alterations to colour and texture, making it the closest any of the film costumes have come to matching Spidey’s costume from the comic books.
Don’t get too excited yet though, as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t hit cinemas until May 2, 2014.