Get out your score cards, folks, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has added yet another potential villain.
At this point in the game, you’re going to need to be handed a guidebook to the characters of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when you enter the theater. In addition to Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacey) and Sally Field (Aunt May) returning for the new film, we have Jamie Foxx (Electro), Paul Giamatti (Rhino), Shailene Woodley (Mary Jane Watson), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn) and Felicity Jones (Unknown – rumors abound she is The Black Cat) joining the cast of characters in the sequel. Why not add another?
Chris Cooper has been announced by Variety to be playing Norman Osborn, possibly one of the most important characters in the entire Spider-Man mythos.
If you’ve seen the other Spider-Man films, you know that Norman eventually becomes the Green Goblin, Spider-Man’s main villain. While there is no indication as of yet that this will take place in the new film, the possibility is definitely there. It also means that even more screen time will be taken up with introducing characters.
At this point, with this many new faces on screen, my hope is that a lot of them are there to set up the third film. If you’ll remember in the three Sam Raimi films, we saw Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors in all three films. This character would have gone on to be the Lizard had that series continued, but having him as a background character helped set up that impact. It was one of the nicer touches of those three films, and could have had a massive pay off. If this new film is going to go that route, okay, I can live with it. But if all of these characters will play significant roles, they will all be short changed, and, in turn, so will the audience.
While some films have carried off multiple villains without issue – The Dark Knight comes to mind – others have fumbled it horribly. (I’m looking at you Spider-Man 3!) My gut tells me we’re going down the road of the latter here, and that will just be a damned shame.
[ Source Variety ]