The movies of “The Amazing Spider-Man” by Marc Webb have a strange place in the cinematic history of “Spider-Man”.
Following the poor critical reception of “Spider-Man 3” by Sam Raimi, the somber, firmer tone of the 2012 remake starring Andrew Garfield it was a breath of fresh air against the overblown countryside that preceded it.
That’s not to say “The Amazing Spider-Man” didn’t face criticism of its own, but the general reception at the time was that it was a step in the right direction for the “Spider-Man” movie franchise.
Unfortunately, the 2014 sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” took the series back two steps. Sharing the same fate as “Spider-Man 3,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was commonly criticized for overloading its story with too many villains like Electro, Rhino, and Harry Osborn as the Green Goblin.
Another common observation is that the sequel focused more on setting up future sequels and spin-offs set in the “Amazing Spider-Man” universe than telling a good story. This led to disappointing box office results and an awkward movie filled with comic book cameos that ultimately come to nothing.
After Sony ended “The Amazing Spider-Man” movie franchise in favor of working with Marvel Studios on a reboot starring Tom Holland, it didn’t look like Garfield would ever wear the red and blue tights again.
However, the 2021 Spider-Man movie, “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” brought back Garfield as Spider-Man from the “Amazing Spider-Man” universe, as well as Tobey Maguire from the “Spider-Man” trilogy. Man” by Raimi.
Thanks to the huge success of “No Way Home,” a new generation of viewers is being drawn to “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies, including the second film, from which Jamie Foxx’s Electro is descended.
For anyone new to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” or for those eager to give it a second chance, here are some awesome Easter eggs you might have missed on first glance.
Peter Parker Ringtone
No matter how many live-action “Spider-Man” movies are made, there will never be a theme song that can top the opening tune of the 1967 “Spider-Man” animated television series.
The iconic cartoon theme song, written by Paul Francis Webster and composed by J. Robert Harris, has been honored through various “Spider-Man” projects, including the opening montage of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider -Verse” and film composer Michael Giacchino testing the tune for the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” soundtrack.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is no different. During the opening chase scene between Spider-Man and Aleksei Sytsevich (aka Rhino), Spider-Man receives an urgent phone call from Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) about her graduation ceremony. Her ringtone, as one might guess, is set to the 1960s “Spider-Man” cartoon theme.
It doesn’t stop there. Spider-Man whistles the legendary theme song as he removes Aleksei’s clothes. However, Spider-Man doesn’t just love any song about spiders. As Spider-Man tells Electro in their final fight of the film, he hates the song “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.
Black Cat in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
It’s no secret that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was meant to act as a launch pad for sequels and spin-offs featuring various “Spider-Man” characters.
However, for a multitude of reasons, the “Amazing” cinematic universe flopped, ending any possible continuation of the series.
One of the most obvious examples of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” positioning a character for a spin-off was Felicia, or as comic book fans know her, Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat. Felicia, played by Felicity Jones was the former executive assistant to both Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and his late father, Norman Osborn.
While their relationship is barely present in the theatrical film, Felicia may have had a romantic bond with Harry. In an interview with View London, she described her character as “Goblin’s girlfriend”.
In the “Spider-Man” franchise, Black Cat is typically portrayed as a seductive thief with superhuman feline abilities (and bad luck with superpowers).
It’s possible that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was setting up Felicia’s transition into her anti-hero persona for the upcoming movie, based on a deleted scene where she’s with Harry in his Green Goblin form.
Among the many cameos in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” who were destined to play a larger role in future films was Alistair Smythe, aka Ultimate Spider-Slayer.
Regarded as a low-level supervillain in the “Spider-Man” franchise, Alistair is a scientist credited with the invention of the Spider-Slayers: robots built for the purpose of hunting down and eliminating Spider-Man.
While the Spider-Slayers originated from his father, Spencer Smythe, Alistair carried on his father’s legacy and improved on his robotic designs.
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