(This post contains spoilers about The Amazing Spider-man 2, some links also contain spoilers about the movie, read at your own risk)
I have been a huge fan of the reboot for the Spider-man series. The casting decisions have been brilliant, and I feel like each actor has portrayed their characters perfectly. Most of the complaints I have heard about the new series is that it is the first comic book movie series to focus more on the love story than the actual superhero/villain aspect. This has not bothered me one bit, I feel like Spider-man has always been one of the few characters whose relationships were more iconic than some of his villains. You think of Spider-man and you are as likely to name Mary Jane (or Gwen Stacy if you really dig the comics) as you are Green Goblin. I have always been a Gwen Stacy fan, so I was excited to see how this film would handle that deadly topic that I have been dreading since it first premiered. While I have really enjoyed what Marc Webb has spun together, I think there are a few things needed to keep the series fresh and not cluttered.
5. Justify Why This Series Needs Four Movies
I feel like this series could easily be wrapper into three movies, so I am confused why they even felt the need to sign up for a fourth film that will be released in 2018. From what I have gathered, it sounds like they are trying to rush out both a Venom and a Sinister Six film. Although those films will be awesome, I feel like they are trying to build this movie up to compete with The Avengers levels, since Spider-man will never be apart of The Avengers as long as Sony owns it. Which might not be long after they finish this series. A part of this really disappoints me because I would love to see Andrew Garfield become apart of The Avengers, but will he want to keep doing Spider-man by the time he is finished with this series? Or will Disney even want him to be Spider-man? I could see them going after a younger actor and rebooting the series, unless they see a lot of profit in continuing on with Garfield as Spider-man. Also, Marc Webb will not be attached to fourth film which makes me doubt even more why there should be one. With Webb leaving, I feel like Amazing Spider-man 3 is going to feel more like a conclusion to the storytelling that I have loved.
4. Stop the Tease with Mr. Fierce
Oh sorry, it is Mr. Fiers, to you. Yes, The Amazing Spider-man left us wondering who was talking to Curt Connors at the end of the first film, but when he meets with Harry at the end of The Amazing Spider-man 2 Harry (Dane DeHaan) calls him Mr. Fiers. Gustav Fiers is a character who helps put together the Sinister Six in Adam-Troy Castro‘s trilogy. Harry ordered Mr.Fiers in the end to create a small team. We see the beginning of this with Aleksei Systsevich (Paul Giamatti) being busted out and given his shiny new rhino suit. The Sinister Six looks like it will consist of Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. I am guessing that Harry will continue to be the Green Goblin, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Norman Osborn again in the series.
3. Finally Introduce Doc Ock
As it becomes clear that they are trying to push forward the Sinister Six movies, why not introduce one of Spider-man’s greatest villains? That, of course, would be Doctor Octopus. He is, hands down, my favorite villain in Spider-man lure and his portrayal in Spider-man 2 was what made the movie such a hit. He is also the smartest of Spider-man’s foes, which allows him to challenge Peter on multiple levels with his strength and his intellect. And since every villain has been churned out of Oscorp, I would love to see how he comes to be. I think they did a great job with Electro, I know most found him creepy/highly disturbed but I felt bad for him and felt like he was forced into a life of isolation that turned him into the monster we saw in the films. The transformation and insecurities that surrounded Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) make me extremely excited to see how they will create Dr. Otto Gunther Octavius.
2. Show Peter Parker as a Photographer
In the Amazing Spider-man 2 they briefly mention that Peter takes picture of Spider-man for the Daily Bugle. This leads Harry to believe that Peter must know Spider-man personally since he took his picture. While this series touches on it, we have mostly seen Peter be consumed with the identity of Spider-man. I would like to see him reach out in the real world and show him moving around in everyday life. I think we will see this more since he loss his first love (and true love in my opinion) and they need to find a way to connect him to society and introduce Mary Jane, which leads me to my next point…
1. Cast Red-Headed Emma Stone as Mary Jane
A part of this is joking, but a part of me really wants this. I didn’t want Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) to die, I was so happy with her onscreen portrayal that I wanted her to stay forever, but I knew that was too much to ask for. I am still haunted by that scene in the movie. It is so fast and the final action when you see it in slow motion makes it sting. I still hear the thud as she hits the concrete. I do not know if I can ever get that image out of my mind. Even if her death haunts my dream, I know that they will not be able to hire a Mary Jane that has better chemistry with Andrew Garfield than Emma Stone. That is more than movie magic chemistry, it is simply love. Originally they had cast Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane, but her part was cut out of this movie and I see her role in the film being cut out as well. As they ponder keeping her as Mary Jane or find a new one, I secretly desire that Emma Stone be considered. But alas, this is merely a fantasy but I do hope they find a deserving red-head and they don’t settle for an actress who is the current it girl.