20 Things We Learned From Watching 30 Minutes of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

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Director Marc Webb’s second high-flying and web-slinging adventure in the world of our friendly neighborhood webhead, the Andrew Garfield-starring ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ is set to zip into theaters on May 2, but both Webb and Sony Pictures are eager to show off what they’ve been working on. At a special event in New York City, Webb introduced a small crowd to a selection of extended scenes from the upcoming film, over 30 minutes of fresh footage that was served up in a bid to get audiences primed for the next entry in the recently rebooted franchise.

And guess what? The plan may have just worked. The three scenes that Webb showed off (and was eager to chat about afterwards) are exciting, vibrant, and incredibly dynamic. So, what did we learn from our giant early look at the next ‘Spider-Man’ film? Quite a bit, and nearly all of it incredibly exciting (even for fans who might not have been particularly enamored of Webb’s first outing). Beware, there are some spoilers ahead, though we’ve tried to limit them as best we can.

The film will give a deeper look inside the world of Peter’s dad, Richard Parker (Campbell Scott), including a peek at some of his experiments on spiders.

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We’ll learn a lot more about what happened when Richard and Peter’s mom, Mary (Embeth Davidtz) attempted to flee the country after Richard ran afoul of the powers that be at Oscorp.

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Audiences are also going to get a swift taste of just how far Oscorp is willing to go to protect their secrets.

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Afraid of plane crashes? You might want to skip the first 10 minutes of the film.

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Spider-Man’s abilities have become far more refined with Spidey rocketing across the screen and in-between buildings in a free-flying, acrobatic fashion. It often looks like Spidey is actually skydiving, there’s that much movement and fast dropping.

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Paul Giamatti’s work as the Rhino is bonkers. The actor clearly had a lot of fun with his relatively small role, and every still that’s been released of the Rhino is only a taste of how off the wall he gets for the part.

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We meet Electro (Jamie Foxx) early, when he’s still just the overlooked Oscorp employee Max Dillon. He and Spider-Man have a run-in that sets the stage for a big battle between the two later.

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Peter and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) are graduating high school – and, no surprise here, Gwen is the class valedictorian.

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Ready your eyes for plenty of slow-motion action, focused on both Peter’s movement as Spider-Man and some inevitable crowd reactions.

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Yes, Stan Lee is again present for his trademark cameo. He’s even got a line! ("Hey, I know that guy!")

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Peter and Gwen break up early in the film. The pair are reunited later (there might be as much as a year in between), when Gwen tells Peter it is time for them to “try to be friends.”

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But good luck with that friendship, Gwen, because her chemistry with Peter is both adorable and electric. Their reunion is charming, funny, and more than a bit heart-wrenching.

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We get to see the world the way Electro does – lots and lots of free-flowing electricity everywhere.

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Gwen may be departing New York City – and not in the spiritual sense.

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Electro and Spider-Man have a giant battle in Times Square, which was largely filmed, in Long Island, where they recreated Times Square in a parking lot.

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Webb is going for a sympathetic villain with Electro, putting us inside his head and privy to his pain by way of both actual conversation and some cool score work, on which Pharrell Williams worked hours.

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Electro and his powers evolve quickly and spectacularly throughout the film. Foxx goes through quite a transformation here, and it’s something to see.

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Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn is very different than James Franco’s portrayal, and much more relatable.

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This time around, Spider-Man’s suit looks less homespun and more in line with the ‘Ultimates’ comic book version.

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The film has a lot of pieces to it, but Webb promises that one of the overarching themes will be Peter’s discovery of why keeping his identity a secret is so important.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ opens on May 2.

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