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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Plot Has Been Unveiled

More than anything else, the biggest takeaway I get from this press release is that the title of the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man is in fact… The Amazing Spider-Man 2. That’s just terrible. Anyway…

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.

I could throw a nerdy hissy fit over how they will apparently be retconning Harry Osborn into Peter Parker’s backstory (If they’re old friends, why was Harry not mentioned at any point during the first film? You’d think it’d come up, given that Peter kept making trips to his dad’s company. Just saying), but I don’t really care about any of this. They’re presumably drawing out the whole “mystery of the paaaast” thing even more, and Orci and Kurtzman as scripters should inspire confidence in absolutely no one. It’s got a good cast, though, I’ll give it that.

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