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So it’s been a while since I’ve updated this. But, I’m back! Let’s kick this off with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. It’s been two years since the needless reboot of the Spidey franchise. Does this sequel kick the series into a new level?  Or is franchise fatigue setting in?

The Good: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey make this movie go. Their chemistry is undeniable and almost all of the film’s best lines come from the two characters’ banter. I came away especially impressed with Garfield. He’s really settled into this role nicely and, frankly, I think he’s becoming a better Spider-Man/Peter Parker than Toby Maguire was. Also, Dane DeHaan is the best of the new actors to the series. He walks the line perfectly between creepy, yet strangely charming as Harry Osborn and, much like Garfield, I actually greatly prefer his portrayal to James Franco’s from the original trilogy.

The action has been stepped up from the first film, although that’s not saying much. But there are a few set pieces that look great and are fun to watch.

One of the greatest weaknesses of the first film was a story that just seemed too much of a retread from what we had already seen. That’s not quite as much the case in the sequel. The film goes down a couple of interesting paths and there’s a couple moments that have some genuine emotion attached to them. It was refreshing to see a comic book film take something you assume is going to happen and turn it on its head a little bit.

The Bad: Unfortunately, while this film is unquestionably better than its predecessor, it still has a long ways to go to join the genre’s best. The action may be better, but it’s also entirely too short…a big sin in a summer action movie.  Jamie Foxx is forgettable as Electro. I understand what they were going for with his character but, they take it way too far and his character seems way too cartoonish…even in a comic book movie. He also has some of the dumbest lines of dialogue I’ve heard this year.

There’s no villain overload in this film. But, I was particularly disappointed that Paul Giamatti has a glorified cameo and Harry Osborn really should have had a bigger role in this one and, for all the build up about the secret of Peter Parker’s parents…well…I’m not sure it was worth the wait.

The Final Word: This film may not compare to the genre’s best, but “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a fun, energetic and surprisingly emotional movie and a good way to kick off the summer. It’s a step up from the first film and does just enough to keep you invested into the film’s universe.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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Official video of Electro

Ahead of its Comic-Con panel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has a short little teaser featuring Electro. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and more, the sequel is directed by Marc Webb.

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He brings up a good point. Apparently Andrew Garfield had conversations with director Marc Webb. We know Mary Jane Watson won’t be in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” but what if MJ didn’t stand for Mary Jane?

“I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” Garfield told EW. “And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

Garfield went on to say that Michael B. Jordan from “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights” would be a great candidate. I must say, it would be nice to see comic book films embrace that.

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First came news that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” would not have Mary Jane Watson. But now comes reports that actress Shailene Woodley may not play MJW at all in “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” because of scheduling conflicts with other projects. This is terrible news for the franchise. Woodley was great in “The Descendants” and “Divergent” looks like it has a lot of promise. Marc Webb’s Spidey sequel stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and a host of others.

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This is surprising. Marc Webb’s spidey sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will no longer have a pretty big character. Mary Jane Watson is out of the second film. Shailene Woodley was slated to play Watson.

“Of course I’m bummed. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. … Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film,” Woodley told ComicBookMovie.

It probably gives more credence that Emma Stone, who plays Gwen Stacey is going to die in the second film. Andrew Garfield is back as Peter Parker with Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as Rhino.

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When Felicity Jones was cast in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” she was cast in an unknown role. She may have just let the cat out of the bag, however. When asked if she would be appearing as Black Cat (Felicia Harding) she said this:

“Uhm, Well…..possibly, I don’t know. Yeah, If that happens that would be wonderful.”

That’s not exactly a yes, but she didn’t say it wasn’t happening. She joins Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey, Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as Rhino and more.

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“The Amazing Spider-Man” was an OK, but unnecessary reboot. The sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” sees Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return and the arrival of Jamie Foxx (Electro) and Paul Giamatti (Rhino). Now Sony is looking ahead, setting the dates for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 4”, which will come out on June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018.

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Potential big spoilers for Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”.

Rumors are that the sequel, which features Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as Rhino and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, who becomes the Green Goblin has some bigger plans in mind. Comic Book Movie is reporting that the already cast Colm Feore is playing the Vulture and that he will be joining Electro, Rhino and the Green Goblin to begin to form the Sinister Six, which will be the main antagonists in “The Amazing Spider-Man 3”. Of course, that would leave two spaces open. In the comics, Mysterio, Sandman, Kraven the Hunter and Doctor Octopus all were part of the team. But with that tease to Venom, perhaps Venom takes one of the spots for the movies? Anyways, all this is pure speculation and that would be a lot of villains to juggle in one movie. Sam Raimi struggled with Sandman and Venom in “Spider-Man 3” so more isn’t always better. But the thought certainly is enticing. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, respectively.

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That depends on who you believe. The Register is reporting that Sony is considering selling 15-20 percent of its film and music division to raise money for its electronics (PlayStation, TV’s, etc.). Included in that would be “Spider-Man” and “Resident Evil”. Of course “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is in production with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and more under the direction of Marc Webb. But Sony’s Amy Pascal told Ain’t It Cool News that Sony will NEVER let go of Spidey/Peter Parker.

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“Skyfall” was a monster hit, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Starring Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and more, it was also one of the most critically acclaimed James Bond films ever. Much of that credit goes to director Sam Mendes. But Mendes, who was reportedly considering returning, has chosen to leave the upcoming Bond sequel. That’s too bad. Whoever comes in next has his work cut out for him.

In the “Spider-Man” universe, filming has started for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. In addition to Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Jamie Foxx is in as Electro, as is Paul Giamatti as Rhino. Here’s some interesting tidbits on what could have been to Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 4”, which got cancelled in favor of a reboot. Raimi said he hasn’t seen “The Dark Knight Rises”, where Anne Hathaway played Catwoman, but he said he had tapped her to play Felicia Hardy, AKA the Black Cat, in “Spider-Man 4”. He said he was displeased with “Spider-Man 3” and wanted to end with the “Best Spider-Man of them all”. So what happened? Raimi said he couldn’t get the story right in time for Sony’s deadline. Unfortunate, hopefully Marc Webb can step up his game.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.