|The Amazing Spider-Man 2|
Theatrical release poster.
|Directed by||Marc Webb|
|Produced by|| Avi Arad|
|Written by|| Alex Kurtzman|
|Starring|| Andrew Garfield|
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Studio by|| Marvel Entertainment|
Arad Productions, Inc.
Matt Tolmach Productions
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)|| March 31, 2014 (Tokyo premiere)|
May 2, 2014 (United States)
|Running time|| 142 minutes (theatrical cut)|
165 minutes (extended cut)
|Box office||$709 million|
|Preceded by||The Amazing Spider-Man|
|Followed by||The Amazing Spider-Man 3|
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (also released as The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro in some markets) is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It is the second and last installment in the Amazing Spider-Man film series, produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, and is a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). The studio hired James Vanderbilt to write the screenplay and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to rewrite it. The film stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz as Peter's parents, and Sally Field as Aunt May with the addition of new cast including Paul Giamatti as Rhino / Aleksei Sytsevich and Jamie Foxx as the primary antagonist Electro / Max Dillon.
Development of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 began after the success of The Amazing Spider-Man. DeHaan, Giamatti, Jones, and Cooper were cast between December 2012 and February 2013. Filming took place in New York City from February to June 2013. The film was released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2, 2014, in the United States with two international premieres being held between March 31 & April 10, 2014. The film received mixed reviews, and although it grossed $709 million worldwide and became the eighth-highest-grossing film of 2014, it was the lowest-grossing film in the series. However, the film was declared a "hit" in the overseas markets with the highest openings and a wide cinematic release. The film subsequently won awards for its music composition and acting, notably one Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award and two ASCAP Awards.
Peter Parker continues to fight crime as Spider-Man. He pursues and apprehends Aleksei Sytsevich, who attempted to steal a truck containing plutonium vials. During the chase, Spider-Man rescues Oscorp Industries employee Maxwell Dillon and tells him he is his eyes and ears. While talking to Gwen Stacy on the phone, Peter sees a vision of her late father, Captain George Stacy, reminding him of the promise he made to stay away from Gwen. Afterwards, Peter makes it with Gwen at their high school graduation ceremony. However, he insists that he feels the need to keep his promise to her father. Frustrated, Gwen ends their relationship.
Peter's childhood friend Harry Osborn returns to New York to see his terminally ill father Norman, the C.E.O. of Oscorp Industries. Norman explains his illness is hereditary, and Harry is at the age where it first develops. Before he dies, he gives Harry a small device which he claims contains his life's work. The next day, Norman dies and Harry is appointed the new C.E.O. of Oscorp, only to become disruptive to Norman's assistant Donald Menken and the Oscorp board, causing them to plan on deposing him.
After taking Spider-Man's words of encouragement a bit too literally, Max develops an obsession with Spider-Man. Whilst tending to some maintenance in Oscorp Tower, he loses his balance and falls into a tank of electric eels being used for experiments. The electricity mutates him into a living electric generator. Meanwhile, Peter tries to maintain a friendship with Gwen, but she tells him she is moving to England from an Oxford scholarship. Before they can discuss it, Max wanders into Times Square and accidentally causes a blackout. Spider-Man attempts to calm him down, but the police try to shoot Max, making him lose his temper and attack. Max causes a area-wide blackout, then creates a massive shockwave, which strikes Times Square's jumbotrons and billboards, causing them to collapse onto the street. Spider-Man eventually stops him by spraying water with a firefighter hose. Max is then taken to the Ravencroft Institute.
The first symptoms of Harry's illness show, and he uses the device Norman gave him to deduce that Spider-Man's blood could help save him. He asks Peter, who has been sending photos of Spider-Man to The Daily Bugle, for help finding Spider-Man. Peter initially refuses, unsure of what effects the transfusion would have. Harry's assistant Felicia Hardy informs him of equipment that could help him. When attempting to access it the Oscorp board members frame Harry for covering up Max's accident, and remove him from his position as C.E.O.. Harry infiltrates makes a deal with Max (now calling himself "Electro") to get him back in to the Oscorp building. Inside, he finds a suit of armor and other equipment made by Norman, as well as venom from the now destroyed spiders, which instead causes him to transform into a hideous goblin-like creature.
Peter uses information left behind by his father to locate the video message he left. In it, Richard explains he had to leave New York because he was unwilling to go along with Norman Osborn's plans to use what they had created for biological weapons. Peter then receives a voicemail message from Gwen, telling him she was offered the job in England and is heading to the airport earlier than expected. He manages to catch her and professes his love for her, and they agree to go to England together. Electro causes another blackout, and Peter heads off to fight him. Gwen follows, and they are able to kill Electro causing an explosion by overloading his electricity supply. Afterward, the transformed Harry arrives equipped with Norman's armor and weaponry; upon seeing Gwen, Harry quickly deduces Spider-Man's true identity and, wanting revenge for being refused the blood transfusion, kidnaps Gwen. He fights Spider-Man at the top of a clock tower, and while Spider-Man manages to subdue Harry, Gwen falls to her death.
Months later, Peter has given up being Spider-Man and spends every day at Gwen's grave. Meanwhile, Harry,imprisoned in Ravencroft, is healing from his transformation, and formed an alliance with Gustav Fiers. The two discuss forming a team of supervillains with Alexsei Sytsevich as its first member. Fiers breaks Sytsevich out of prison, gives him the code name "Rhino" and equips him with a mechanical suit of armor. Rhino rampages through the streets, and a recording of Gwen's graduation speech inspires Peter to return as Spider-Man and confront him. As Rhino shoots missiles, Spiderman takes a manhole lid and deflects the missiles before hitting Rhino's horn and the screen fades to black
- Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man / Peter Parker
- Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon / Electro
- Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich / Rhino
- Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
- Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn / Green Goblin
- Colm Feore as Donald Menken
- Felicity Jones as Felicia
- Sally Field as Aunt May
- Marton Csokas as Dr. Ashley Kafka
- Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn
- Michael Massee as Gustav Fiers (The Gentleman)
- Campbell Scott as Richard Parker
- Embeth Davidtz as Mary Parker
- B. J. Novak as Alistair Smythe
- Sarah Gadon as Kari
- Frank Deal as Agent Berkley
Shailene Woodley was cast as Mary Jane Watson. Upon completing her small shoots in the filming her part was cut.
- With runtime of 142 minutes ,TASM2 is considered to be the longest film of Spider-Man ever made.
|Webb Film Series|
|Films:||The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2|
|Characters:||Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | Harry Osborn | Mary Jane Watson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Flash Thompson | Norman Osborn | Ashley Kafka | Rajit Ratha | Donald Menken | Felica Hardy | Alistair Smythe | Richard Parker | Mary Parker | Kari|
|Enemies:||The Lizard | Electro | The Green Goblin | Rhino | The Black Cat | Ultimate Goblin | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief|
|Locations:||The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Industries | Oscorp Tower | Midtown Science High School | Beloit Psychiatric Hospital | Ravencroft Institute|
|Video Games:||The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2|