Production has commenced on Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb again, and Columbia Pictures has been kind enough to finally tell us what the hell it's about. Vaguely, of course. That's the way the game is played. Curiously, it's not so much what they're saying about Amazing Spider-Man 2 that interests us as what they're NOT saying. Take a look at the official press release (courtesy of Coming Soon):
"Columbia Pictures announced today that filming has begun on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2 in New York. The film is the first in the history of the franchise that will be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State.
The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field.
In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers.
The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dan Mindel, production designer Mark Friedberg, editors Pietro Scalia and Elliot Graham, and costume designer Deborah L. Scott.
The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014."
Notice anything missing? No mention of the Rhino, even though he's being played by Paul Giamatti. Is he supposed to be a secret? Or perhaps he's just an incidental villain, someone Spider-Man fights early on instead of bank robbers, muggers or the usual New York slime we're used to? We'd be totally down with tacking on a minor supervillain or two just to fill out the world of Spider-Man. Not every bad guy deserves their own movie, after all. If Spidey's going to fight someone besides Electro, why not throw in a superpowered baddie like the Rhino? Or Shocker? Or Typeface?
Nah, maybe not Typeface...