The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Begins Production, Plus a Brief Synopsis

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, as it’s simply being called (unless they decide to call it something else between now and release date, that is) has officially kicked off production in New York, and along with the press release announcing the start of production, we also have a brief synopsis that doesn’t necessarily give away much of the sequel’s plot.

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.

I notice that they mention Paul Giamatti in the cast, but doesn’t say who he’s playing — i.e. no mentions of The Rhino.

And it also looks like they’re going to keep pushing the whole Spider-Man’s untold origins angle, which makes sense, since they tried to sell that part of the reboot last year to, well, justify the reboot in the first place. I guess it only makes sense for them to keep at it, even though, frankly, I’m not sure if anyone really cares as long as Spidey is swinging around fighting supervillains.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ opens on May 2, 2014, once again in 3D.