Is more better?
That’s a question that’s going to come up a lot for comic book movie fans in the immediate future. With the success of The Avengers movie studios seem intent on overloading their superhero films with more iconic characters. The upcoming X-Men Days of Future Past, and the high profile Batman vs. Superman features multiple heroes, not to mention The Avengers 2. Not wanting to miss out on the trend is the second installment of The Amazing Spider-Man. The first film was an under-rated character piece focusing on the formative years of Peter Parker. It appears, judging by this latest trailer, that the time for character building is now over for this franchise. This franchise seems to be now in full blown spectacle and villain overload mode with no less than 3 villains facing off against the title character. We have seen this kind of approach play out before with disastrous results. Notably with Batman & Robin and most recently with Iron Man 2. The Dark Knight Rises,however, featured several nemesis for Batman and it was able to pull off a some what bloated, but satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.
The argument for more villains is, obviously, it gives more spectacle and scope to the film. The argument against is that valuable character work gets lost in trying to cram so many elements into the story. I, for one, would prefer the action to be supported by a tight and strong plot and fleshed out characters.
Is it possible to present this many characters without cheating on giving the film a well rounded story?
We’ll have to wait and see if this all translates to a good movie. But there is some justification for some concern.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is scheduled for release May 2, 2014.
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.