"The Amazing Spider-Man," which in 2012 rebooted the insanely successful franchise that Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire had overseen for many years, offered something of a fresh take on the mythology of everyone's favorite wall-crawler. With Marc Webb behind the camera and Andrew Garfield in the red-and-blue suit, it wasn't exactly a complete overhaul (in fact some of it felt painfully familiar), but it was a fresh enough spin to warrant another go-around, in the form of next summer's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." A trailer has just debuted for the super-sequel, and it looks action packed and, mercifully, quite different from the previous films.
The trailer begins with Spider-Man freefalling toward Manhattan. "I wake up every day knowing that the more people I save, the more enemies I face," Peter Parker's narration goes, over shots of new villains Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). We're then introduced to Oscorp heir Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan, taking over for James Franco), who seems to offer Peter insight into why his the company was keeping tabs on him.
Aunt May (Sally Field) also offers Peter hints as to what his own father was up to, which leads Peter to discover a video message from his dearly departed dad. Then it's almost nonstop action: the Rhino getting a cool new suit, Electro wreaking havoc on New York, and the new Green Goblin, who is never really identified and could, honestly, skip Norman (Chris Cooper) and go straight to Harry. There has to be a reason why we haven't seen him yet, right?
Massive in both scale and scope, the movie appears to be a welcome departure from the Raimi films, in a way that the first "Amazing Spider-Man" was not. We just hope that the filmmakers have found a way to include some of the heart and humor of the first "Amazing Spider-Man" alongside all the crazy villains and 3D special effects.
A couple of the best Easter Eggs: the shot of Osborn walking down a corridor, with Doc Ock and the Vulture's gear behind him, and the fact that Peter has a "Blow Up" poster on his wall. Because you know high school kids growing up in Queens love Antonioni.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings into theaters May 2, 2014.