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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ brings comics to big screen


Photo by Niko Tavernise/MCT

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield return to theaters in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which hit theaters May 2.

Chase Pendzich , 4Play Writer, Commentary
May 6, 2014
Filed under 4Play, Top Stories

Spidey is back and better than ever. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” opened in theaters May 2 and is by far one of the best superhero movies in recent memory.

This sequel follows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network,” 2010), who is Spider-Man, as he battles villains while also trying to hold on to the love of his life, Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone, “The Help,” 2011).

The film also has countless subplots including Peter attempting to learn more about his parents’ deaths and his father’s research.

The multiple subplot emphasis is one of two main problems with the film, but the positives outweigh the negatives. The main plus side is the relationship between Peter and Gwen, but more importantly is the chemistry between Garfield and Stone.

Spider-Man, different from other popular superheroes like Batman and Iron Man, is hugely involved in a romantic life other than his superhero life. He is still a regular teen at heart, and his romantic storylines were not done well in the previous Spider-Man trilogy.

Every scene with Peter and Gwen is absolutely perfect, whether you’re a comic book fan or just a regular movie-goer. Peter isn’t just an amazing character to watch. He’s also unbelievably true to the comics.

Garfield is the perfect Spider-Man and director Marc Webb (“(500) Days of Summer,” 2009) is bringing what fans love from the comics to theaters. The most famous moment from the Spider-Man comics, and arguably the most famous moment in all of comics, plays out on the big screen in this film and it could not have been done better.

One aspect that overshadows some of this greatness is the poorly developed villains. There are many villains in the film, and there just isn’t enough time to fully develop them and make them interesting in their final battles.

The battles are amazing, nonstop fun to watch, but they would be so much better if the villains were more interesting rather than just having cool powers or weapons.

Each battle between Spider-Man and a villain is perfect and a comic book fan’s dream. The rest of the film, however, is average at best.