Can the superhero sequel avoid the “too many villains” trap?
Peter Parker is in for a world of pain in the first trailer to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
The follow-up to 2012’s comic book adventure finds the wall crawler doing battle with not one, but three scientifically enhanced villains in the form of the Green Goblin/Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Electro (Jamie Foxx).
“Every day I wake up knowing that the more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make,” Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) notes ominously in the trailer’s narration. “And it’s just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome.”
This cornucopia of baddies comes courtesy of Oscorp Industries, a morally dubious corporation that dabbles in military technology and experimental science. It was responsible for the genetic accident that gave birth to the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) in the first film.
Sony, which is distributing the film, teased Electro prior to ComicCon last summer, but the studio has decided to put the Goblin front and center in this teaser for the superhero sequel. DeHaan, a dead-ringer for Leonardo DiCaprio, nails the character’s WASPy petulance and if this trailer is any indication, he and his father, a sickly looking Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), will be the ones pulling the strings.
The film will have to avoid the “too many villains” problem that plagued other comic book adaptations such as “Spider-Man 3,” which piled on the reprobates with diminishing returns.