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Even Electro (Jamie Foxx) was everywhere in that leaked Comic Con The Amazing Spider Man 2 trailer in July, we still have a feeling that the villain team will get crowded with Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) as the Green Goblin. There are hints that make us believe so.
First, in the leaked poster, we can see the impish, emerald-skinned bomb chucker flying through the skies of Manhattan on his trademark glider. Then, in the first full trailer for The Amazing Spider Man 2, Electro is almost an afterthought, and the main focus shifts to Norman. There’s also plenty of his son, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan’s), to chew over.
Since last year’s The Amazing Spider Man, we know that Marc Webb and his team want a more complex back story than Tobey Maguire’s iteration. Instead of being a geeky orphan with money problems, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is now a brooding teen (still with money problems). His mom and dad’s death relate to some mysterious manners of Oscorp. In fact, everything that is interesting in this new universe seems to be connected to Norman and his maniacal tinkering with biotechnology.
We’re going to see a little more of Peter’s missing-presumed-dead father as he’s about to expose some terrible Osborn secret. That leaves us with a question, “What could the old rogue have been up to that’s worse than the disastrous results of Dr. Curt Conner’s experiments, which are funded by Oscorp, last time around?”
In the trailer, Norman is shown on his sickbed. That brings us to the question of who is the Green Goblin. It could be the regenerated father, Norman, or the tortured son, Harry, doing his best to obey dad’s wishes. The new trailer hints that DeHaan’s Harry is already far more angst ridden than James Franco’s cheery playboy type.
This time, Harry is a quirky oddball character with a mix of preppy brat confidence and outsider angst. Sending the younger Osborn out first as the Green Goblin would be a serious departure from the canon, but it at least means curmudgeonly fans of the Willem Dafoe version will be slightly hamstrung in our efforts to compare old and new.
Talking about comparing 2 version, Garfield is somehow whinier than his predecessor. Tobey Maguire played the character as a wide-eyed innocent thrust into a world he never expected to be a part of. While in Garfield version, Peter Parker has a little more steely confidence to him.
Not only Green Goblin is hinted to be on the show, we alsso get a glimpse of a quadrupedal Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Too many villains showing up, let’s hope Webb hasn’t made the mistake Raimi made with Spider Man 3. Still, we can feel safe about the movie since this new saga seems to be more carefully plotted.
Last but not least, as the Screen Rant blog has pointed out, there are The Amazing Spider Man 2 Easter eggs for the Spidey’s old enemies Doctor Octopus and the Vulture. Their appearance seems to be a hint for a debut of the Sinister Six. If the combo shows up, it look like we going to have the Spidey with full set of his great abilities from the comics making he’s so tough that needs lots of baddies to take him down.