THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Synopsis Revealed, Paul Giamatti and Colm Feore Confirmed

     February 5, 2013


Earlier today, we reported that Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 began production in New York.  Now, we have the full press release that reveals the first official synopsis and the principal cast.  We knew that Paul Giamatti was in talks to join the production and can confirm that now, but his role has yet to be specified.  Another new name that joins the sequel’s cast is Colm Feore (Thor), but his role is also unspecified (Norman Osborn?).  Hit the jump to check out the synopsis and read the press release.

amazing-spider-man-2-set-photo-oscorpCheck out the full press release below:

New York, February 5, 2013 – Columbia Pictures announced today that filming has begun on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2 in New York. The film is the first in the history of the franchise that will be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State. 

The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field. 

In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about 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 (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past. 

The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. 

The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dan Mindel, production designer Mark Friedberg, editors Pietro Scalia and Elliot Graham, and costume designer Deborah L. Scott. 

The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014.


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  • 97point6

    Let the unsubstantiated bitching and moaning begin …

    • Lexavi80

      No moaning from me!

      I liked The Amazing Spiderman. I don’t think it was a perfect movie, but I liked it. Marc Webb have the opportunity of doing something really good out if this. Hope he does…

    • BUCK

      HAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dude you see that look at the times for the other comments down there, WITHIN MINUTES!!!!!!!! I myself and a Sam Raimi fan but I do admit that aside from Spiderman 1 (and this is my opinion should you take what I say serious congrats your an idiot) he screwed up his own franchise.

    • WTF92

      i was suprised by the first Amazing spider-man, i thought it would be awfull but it was okay, so i was excited to see have the second would be but now im a little confused, how can Jamie Foxx play Electro?!

  • Sam Raimi Forever.

    As if I want to watch another god-awful Marc Webb Spider-Man.
    This sucks.

  • Jim

    Spiderman for the Twilight generation! UGH! Pretty to look at, no substance or cohesive story. First Amazing Spiderman was a mediocre movie at best. Raimi did it better!
    Compare Spider-man(1) to The Amazing Spider-man, you decide, watch them one after the other.

    • smith

      sorry i have a life

      • Lizard King

        You’re reading internet comment sections. Let’s be honest. None of us have a life.

      • MmmHmm

        I’M SO ALONE!!!

    • Diego

      I did! Amazing Spiderman is better all the way! As time went by, I started to feel offended by Peter as a character (all moaning and crying) until Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb arrived and made the character more like a today’s outcast would be (I know, because I’m a little of an outcast myself). Can’t wait for this movie.

      PS: I’m not saying Raimi’s version is bad (although SM 3 sucks and never liked SM 2) and I enjoyed it a lot when it came out, just I like Webb’s version better.

    • JW.

      I actually did that with friends and this is my two cents… The original was really campy. The dialouge wasn’t great, and Willam Dafoe, at times, was way over the top. It felt like an old school comicbook. Also, and I know this probably isn’t fair, but the effects are way out dated. The Amazing Spiderman was more like a modern comicbook, yeah yeah yeah it’s darker &grittier but it does follow the lore of Spiderman much more then the original film. The Lizard could have been better and the evil plan is flawed but the action scenes were 1,000,000 times more interesting. And one thing I have to give this film, it actually gave characters time to develop. Not just Peter & the Villain which is all the original focused on. Also the love interest was… well… interesting! She was smart, she was brave and I actually wanted Peter and Gwen to get together where I couldn’t give 2 shits if he ended up with Mary Jane or not. She wasn’t a likable character, Gwen is. Really I can understand if people prefer the older over the newer but I don’t understand the straight up hate this film is getting.

      • Justin

        Raimis Spiderman was made over a decade ago. A DECADE! Thats 10 years. Tell me a movie made a decade ago whose graphics still hold up. Fool.
        Dark and grittier? Take it easy. Seems like youve been brainwashed. What was dark and gritty about it? When Spidey hobbled like a tool and could barely get to Oscorp because he hurt his leg? Please. The movie is getting hate because it is a blatant cash grab to hold onto the property rights of the franchise, and was rushed. Oh and because it sucks!

      • sloan

        @Justin, ugh Jurassic Park, still looks great and that was 20 years ago

      • Dannybohy

        Jurassic Park , all the Starwars (inc remastered which are still over 10 years old) you nob! the list goes on and on

    • MmmHmm

      Spider-Man 2 > Spider-Man > Amazing Spider-Man >>>> Spider-Man 3 (I think three would have been awesome if they just let Raimi do his thang.

      I have a feeling the Amazing Spider-Man sequels will be much better since they won’t be such a rehash of the first movie.

  • Drake

    I thought The Amazing Spider-Man was easily the best Spider-Man movie yet. I’m totally excited for the sequel!

    • CVD


    • Justin

      This guy can’t be serious. If you are, please keep comments like that to yourself and never express them again.

      • Ur mom

        Freedom of speech, man. Live with it.

    • Dannybohy

      I agree, this sequel is going to be great!

    • sense 11

      I agree, this is how Spiderman should be

      the original trilogy is cheesy as hell and not aging well at all

  • Amy

    No mention of Felicity Jones though. Hmmm

  • zeke

    Hopefully it will be better than the god-awful Amazing Spider-Man… though let’s’ face it nothing can touch Raimi’s trilogy.

    • LAME

      Did you mean “Raimi’s duology”?

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  • Bob

    I to think Amazing Spider-man was the best version yet. Way better than Ramis imo. Garfield is just perfect for the character, have u seen the new tv shows with spider-man, been to universal, or picked up a modern comic book…hes exactly like the character, jokey but nerdy/smart etc. And Emma stone blows out dunst on all categories, acting, looks all of it. Plus like someone else said Ramis felt more like joke/campy movies. Spider-Man 2 is really one of the most overrated movie I have seen. I remember walking out of the theater completly normal, not excited by it all or looking foward to number 3. After watching this spiderman i was wonder who/what that after credits scene was for awhile, looked up the date for the sequel imediatly etc. Just my opinions tho I guess.

  • 2 Dimensional Mr Kippling

    May 2, 2014…Cheers for the heads up, i know when to be too busy and avoid the cinema ;p

  • Justin

    I watched The Amazing Spiderman in theatres. It was a complete and utter letdown compared to the Raimi’s first film. Him learning to use his powers in an abandoned warehouse by the docks?! Please. Him ordering Oscorps super strong filaments wholesale to be used as webbing? Epic fail! This movie was rightly called by a someone up top, the Twilight version for Spiderman. Spidey hurt his leg?! He can’t get to the Oscorp building? Awww poor baby. Nut up! I watched the BluRay and guess what, Amazing Spiderman still sucks!!! HARDDD!!!! I cannot understand how poeple prefer this version to Raimi’s. I feel like an alien or something. I dont feel a need to always be right, but when people vehemently express that Webb’s version is better than Raimi’s I wonder if they even have a brain in their head.
    Come better and harder Webb. Garfield has the right body type and mannerisms of Peter Parker, now give him the right dialogue. Make better use of Aunt May like Raimi did. Better fight scenes! People wail on Spiderman 3 but the fight scenes were AMAZING! Watch it again and tell me you dont agree.
    End of rant.

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  • tarek

    Amazing Spiderman was amazingly an insult to the most beloved superhero of the known universe.

  • ISeemToBeAVerb

    There’s a saying – ‘Intellegent will people differ (in their opinions).’ So it doesn’t surprise me at all that some prefer TASM to Raimi’s Spiderman1. Weird thing is if I were to casting a movie the actors from TASM would be my choice over Raimi’s cast. But IMO TASM isn’t as good as Spidey1 and doesn’t come close to S2. I’m not going to discuss Super Spidey Fail aka Spider-Man 3.

  • kimian

    The Amazing Spider Man was one of those films that every one can easily forget …….Its the least inspiring Super Hero Movie !!!!!

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  • aj

    meh.. not really interested on spider-man anymore. in movies, comics, or tv, the character is going through one big creative dry spell.

    just hope webb cuts the corny “crane swing” scenes, ends the high scool cheesiness (stone and garfield look like they should be graduating college already),and gets an editor that doesnt leave half the movie on the cutting room floor.

  • Scott

    ASM wasn’t horrible, nor was it perfect. It was a decent reimagining and a good start. The bad thing about the first trilogy is it had the same plot in all 3 movies. Peter broods, intro villian, villian finds out about MJ, captures MJ, Spidey saves her, villian dies.
    The End.
    One thing ASM had going for it was Curt Connors didn’t die at the end.

  • Rockslide

    I think TASM and Spider-Man were both about on par with each other. They both had a range of strengths and weaknesses that were the opposite of each other. Casting, performance, dialogue, chemistry was all better in TASM. Tone, action, plot was better in Spider-Man.

    Hopefully TASM2 learns from the mistakes of the first. One huge thing to me is tone. TASM tried way too hard to be dark. The whole movie seems to have been shot at night. Spider-Man is not a dark night hero. He’s bright, colorful, and fights guys on his way to work while riffing on how badly JJJ is going to probably fire him. I like day time Spider-Man. We don’t need another brooding night time hero.

  • Troll

    They should just re-tell the origin story again about how Peter gets bit by a spider and gains superpowers as a high school student. Oh wait…

  • eternalozzie

    I don’t get all the Raimi support in these comments. His Spider-man movies were so bad. Tobey McGuire was nothing like Peter Parker from the comic books. There were no web shooters … Raimi made Peter Parker a pizza delivery boy instead of a science geek. The Goblin was a power ranger. The ONLY one good thing Raimi did well was Doc Oc.

    Webb made a Spider-man that was a tech geek that was totally a sarcastic alter ego with the mask on. Garfield portrayed a Peter Parker that was believable as a high school age teen complete with actual emotion instead of the goofy uncomfortable 2 dimensional McGuire Peter Parker.

    Raimi films were just so bad. The Webb/Garfield film just felt so much more like Spider-man.

    • Anonymous

      “Raimi films were just so bad. The Webb/Garfield film just felt so much more like Spider-man.”

      Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. I don’t understand why people keep defending ASM by saying it’s “more like Spider-man.” The original Spider-man books as written by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko tackle some serious subjects, but always remain light and campy, an element that Raimi keeps intact and Webb doesn’t. I, for the life of me, don’t understand why some people are so terrified of having their comic book movies looking and sounding like a comic book.

      Both ASM and Spider-Man take a few liberties with the origin story but the main reason Spider-man works for me and ASM doesn’t is because I believe Spidey should be the campy underdog and not a morose outsider with tendencies to act like a bully/douche.

  • james

    Cant wait! The amazing spider-man was the best spidey movie out of all of them excited to see what webb has in store.

  • The Smirking Revenge

    If they tone down on the lame emo crap (Peter Skating alone to a coldplay song – a fucking Coldplay song!) and actually focus on character arcs and maybe, I don’t know, read some of the comics, I might be willing to give this one a shot. But so far, at least as far as casting goes, I’m totally unimpressed. Jamie Foxx is way overrated, and the 12 year old they got to play Mary Jane is just the most idiotic casting I’ve seen in a while. Oh, then there’s the 2-villain issue. Let me tell you something Comic-book filmmakers: Just because the title now has a 2 behind it, doesn’t mean the villains have to be increased to that number. It’s very rare that 2 villains are handled well in a superhero flick… In fact, TDK is about the only one I can think of that balances the characters well. But Maybe we’ll get lucky and the villain paul Giamatti is playing will only be introduced, but held back for number 3. As a long-time fan of Spidey, i have to say, the added “depth” of Peter trying to solve some mystery invoing his parents just doesn’t need to be there. It wasn’t interesting and often felt wedged in. You don’t need to look hard to find the drama in a spider-man story. The juggling act Peter is constantly having to preform in order to lead his dual life create plenty of dramatic and even funny moments. These also remind the audience that Peter, although a superhero, is still a young man trying to find his place in the world. That is kind of the essence of the character. Those stories were not just superhero stories, but coming-of-age stories. I’d like to see a bit more of that… And that doesn’t just mean “Peter chases girls”.

    I also love how they have to somehow work Harry into the sequel now and explain why he wasn’t in the first one…

    I’ll give it a shot, but I’d prefer to see a Spider-man flick made by Marvel.

    I’m not sure who mentioned it before, but, Yes, the Amazing Spider-man was made mainly because the rights to the characters were about to revert back to Marve. Now many of us will just have to wait patiently for Sony to once again blow it with this franchise and pray that one day we’ll get a true Marvel Studios version of the Wall-crawler.

    Whew… I know that’s probably a jumbled mess, but whatever…

  • Kyle

    Am I the only one thinking Giamatti is actually the new J. Jonah Jameson and the Rhino rumor swirling around is just a bait and switch? That, combined with Felicity Jones being in talks to join the film (I’m guessing as the new Betty Brant) just makes more sense to me.

  • Anonymous

    Holy Shit, they’re sparing no expense in quality actors, probably to make up for garfield’s sucky twilightish acting, and I thought he was a good actor before this.

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  • Strong Enough

    please tone down the romance

  • Augusta

    It’s funny when someone tries to reboot a franchise such as Spider-man and it doesn’t go down too well. I mean, what’s going to happen when someone tries to reboot the Batman trilogy? Just because that happened to be really good we seem to ignore everything else. To be honest, I can’t really say I prefer either Spider-man film, whether it was Sam Raimi or Marc Webb. What is it with reboots? We love to poke continually at them in order to pinpoint the tiniest flaws. Can’t we see the aspect of the difference between the way Peter Parker is portrayed in both films, with the more recent one a result of postmodernism? Sometimes I think the whole definition of ‘nerd’ is changing, to be honest. Marc Webb was brave enough in trying to create something that was different, even though he didn’t create a masterpiece. Just because Sam Raimi’s films suddenly came onto the scene, we specifically have to like the original. How else do you think Webb was supposed to interpret those films?

    I hope we don’t come to the point where people who dislike the first film just decide to see the sequel. Depending on whether you think the sequel looks as good as the first one, I think you are going for the sake of criticising the film when you do go and see it. It wasn’t the fact that Parker was ‘supposed’ to be a complete loser when in fact he was actually a likeable person, I just felt that Webb didn’t put such a fresh interpretation on the table. As I said, that doesn’t mean I prefer the original films.

  • Lichy

    I hope the super sequel gene kicks in! a la X2, Dark Knight, Spiderman 2, Hell Boy 2.
    (I wish I could include Iron Man 2)

  • Smart and I’ve had sex before…

    You whining bitches. The fact is that Raimi’s spiderman had some faults, but was pretty fucking epic, the amazing spider man was a chance for the movie to be reborn after the pathetic abortion which was spiderman 3, that’s hardly debatable…. the problem with the amazing spider man was, imo, that it didn’t do the things right, that were wrong in the previous franchise. movies are flawed, as are humans, but these big budget blockbusters are made to get your cash, and you give it, and then argue about it incessantly. Personally, I hope the second ASM is better. The reason why people hate on raimi’s version is because, while it’s execution was flawed, peter was essentially torn between love and duty. A REAL superhero should infallibly feel the duty to put his life on the line for the peace and justice for all, and if you’re gonna do shit that might make you die, that’s gonna hinder on your relationships. If you don’t get that, it’s cuz you don’t have a girl.

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