Return of the webslinger

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Andrew Garfield reprises his role as geeky teenager Peter Parker and his much-loved alter ego — the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man

Spidey’s back — and he’s the superhero he used to be! Dejection and torment take a backseat as our much-loved sassy, savvy and wisecracking superhero returns to the big screen in director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

A Columbia Pictures’ release, it serves as a sequel to 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field. The Spidey reboot, which can actually be called a copy of a copy, is written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner.

We’ve all been with the masked superhero as he struggles with the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter (Garfield) finds himself in the midst of a greater conflict. Balancing his life as a high school student, his relationship with Gwen (Stone) and his many responsibilities as Spider-Man aren’t easy. Matters come to a head when he begins to investigate more about his father’s past, with the help of his old friend Harry Osborn (DeHaan). He soon realises that he faces foes far more powerful than he. More importantly, the new threats of Electro (Foxx) and the Rhino (Giamatti) have one thing in common: OsCorp. There’s also the Green Goblin (DeHaan) to deal with.

Amid all this, the sequel also explores and extends the backstory of Peter’s parents. Turns out some very powerful people were after them, which is why the boy was left with Aunt May and Uncle Ben. As usual, all roads for the grown-up Peter lead to OsCorp. Will Spidey, at home swinging among skyscrapers and making mincemeat of villains, be able to protect fellow New Yorkers from these formidable villains? And how will the information about his parents affect him?

Garfield, who took on the role of Spider-Man as a challenge and has filled Tobey Maguire’s shoes rather well, hopes to bring back the theme of Peter being an orphan. “I wanna keep exploring that theme of being fatherless, being motherless, searching for purpose and finding a purpose within himself,” he has said. Stone, whose Gwen ends up giving Peter an ultimatum as she doesn’t want to share him with the red-and-blue suit, feels that her character saves him more than he saves her. “She’s incredibly helpful to Spider-Man... He’s the muscle, she’s the brains,” she has said. The tone of the reboot remains the way it was — youthful and gawky at times, mature and smooth at others. The visual effects stand out — be it Spider-Man swinging in loops around skyscrapers or the shattering glass-fronts. Not to be missed is the face-off between the superhero and Electro at Times Square. Incidentally, the original costume and mask from The Amazing Spider-Man have been altered for the sequel.

The Spider-Man story doesn’t end here. Sony has already announced two more sequels to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — the third film will release in June 2016, the fourth in May 2018. Sony has also announced two planned spinoffs featuring Venom and the Sinister Six. As we all know, with great power comes great responsibility!

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