After a plethora of trailers and teasers, the first full, coherent bits of Marc Webb’s sequel have hit the internet
With less than two months before its release, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2? has entered the next phase of its promotion: releasing full clips.
We’ve seen a plethora of trailers and other bits and promotions for Marc Webb’s follow-up to his 2012 reboot, and with plenty of competition in the space for big summer movies — “Godzilla,” Maleficent,” and sequels to “Captain America” and “X-Men” will open in April and May, as well — Sony is working hard to keep the webslinger in our minds.
Two full clips have been released online, working two appeal to very different sensibilities. There remains a bit of mystery to Jamie Foxx’s Electro character — he’s one of the big baddies in this sequel — and so the first clip gives us an idea about his powers and internal struggle. Its Times Square setting also provides a sort of shout out to the fact that “Amazing Spider-Man 2? is, until Marvel begins its Netflix series, the biggest production ever shot in New York.
The other clip focuses on the excellent chemistry between Garfield and Emma Stone, who plays the ultimately ill-fated Gwen Stacey. Every moment they spend together is heartbreaking.
Sony has a lot riding on this sequel, as the studio is looking to expand its main superhero’s universe to fit in side characters and spinoffs, adhering to the current business plan of every major studio with a name brand comics franchise.
The Batkid, who “saved” San Francisco during an elaborate Make-A-Wish event in 2013, was supposed to bring his superpowers to the Academy Awards, but his bat ears and cape never made it on to the Oscars stage.
Five-year-old Miles Scott was set to make an appearance at the Oscars alongside Andrew Garfield, but the segment got canned at the last minute.
The New York Post reported that Garfield backed out of the presenter slot because of issues he had with his script, leaving Miles high and dry, but a rep for the Academy told us that production issues caused the cancellation.
“Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production,” the Academy said in a statement. “Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family.”
Miles’ mother, Natalie Scott, told the International Business Times that the family was informed of the change the morning of the show.
“I don’t know if they ran out of time, of if there was something about the segment they didn’t like,” Scott said. “It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on.”
She said that Miles was planning to wear a tuxedo for the event and had attended a rehearsal on Saturday to prepare.
Miles is a leukemia survivor.
Andrew Garfield was a no-show at last night’s 2014 Oscars event.
The Amazing Spider-Man actor had been announced as a presenter for the Academy Award’s superhero celebration segment, but did not appear.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Chris Evans was brought in as a replacement for Garfield.
An explanation has yet to be offered regarding his absence.
The Amazing Spider-Man co-stars are backing Earth Hour Blue, a new initiative by the organisers of power-saving lights-off event Earth Hour which supports eco-friendly projects around the world.
The actors have both picked one of Earth Hour Blue’s projects to champion – Garfield is supporting a scheme to reduce deforestation in Nepal, while his girlfriend is backing plans to train sniffer dogs to crack down on illegal wildlife poaching.
Stone says, “Earth Hour gives you the power to inspire anyone, even if you’re just one person. And Earth Hour is much more than an hour. There are great projects from the crowd, for the planet, happening all over the world.”
The annual Earth Hour event encourages citizens around the world to conserve energy by turning lights off for 60 minutes. The 2014 Earth Hour takes place on 29 March (14).
With virtually every studio trying to replicate Marvel’s model for The Avengers, it’s a remarkably bleak outlook for Hollywood’s tentpole slate. The latest victim to this creative curse is Sony, who announced today that they plan to have Spider-Man films every year in the very near future. With Alex Kurtzman‘s Venom and Drew Goddard‘s The Sinister Six lined up, Marc Webb‘s 2016-bound The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is in the works, not to mention its predecessor, which arrives in theaters this summer.
Thankfully, it looks like the franchise’s star, Andrew Garfield, is finding time to redeem himself with a batch of notable projects. He’ll be seen later this year in Ramin Bahrani‘s 99 Homes with Michael Shannon and is set to head to Taiwan to shoot Martin Scorsese‘s Silence this summer. We’ve now got another to add to the pile, as Daily Mail reports he’s joining Helen Mirren in The Woman in Gold.
The film sees the actress taking on the real-life character of Maria Altmann, who, while in her 80?s, attempts to track down five paintings looted by the Nazis. The most famous of the pieces is Gustav Klimt’s The Lady In Gold, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which she (spoilers!) finally received, along with the others, in 2006. Garfield is currently in talks to play her lawyer Randol Schoenberg who goes up against the Austrian government, notably Daniel Brühl (Rush), who is looking to play one of their officials.
Production on The Weinstein Company project will kick off this summer, under the direction of Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn), so we expect Garfield to fit in before Silence.
I have added a bunch of magazine scans from 2013 and 2014 of Andrew to our gallery. A huge thanks to Elmira for some of them.