The Amazing Spider-toon

Peter Parker finds life quite busy between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen. Peter hasn’t forgotten the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away, but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro, emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

This is just ridiculous. I found the first of Marc Webb’s Spidey films – The Amazing Spider-man – to be a lackluster and by-the-numbers superhero story that brought nothing new to the table. I was hoping that its mediocrity was due to it being the kind of story I had already seen a bunch of times before, and that the sequel would be a superior movie. See also Spider-man 2 and The Dark Knight for examples. Unfortunately, looking at this trailer for The Amazing Spider-man 2, I think I can safely say that once again, this will be a by-the-numbers superhero outing. Ooo, the Green Goblin is in it? We’ve never seen that storyline before. Ooo, and there are like four villains? How will Spider-man survive? Perhaps the most egregious offense that this trailer commits, however, is making a number of its special effects shots look like cartoons. Yeah, I’ll be waiting for this to hit Netflix.

The Amazing Spider-man 2 comes out May 2, 2014.

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