Though fans were quite happy with Marc Webb’s first Spidey outing, there are serious concerns over his follow-up, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. One of the main complaints over Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was that there were too many villains stuffed into the story. It was the film’s main downfalls yet, surprisingly, Webb is taking the same approach with his sequel.
Set to feature the Green Goblin, Rhino, Electro, Alistaire Smythe and possibly the Vulture, fans are worried that the film may suffer the same fate as Raimi’s final entry in his Spider-Man franchise. Five villains is a lot to handle for any superhero movie – even The Avengers, which featured six different heroes, was smart enough to only feature two main villains, Loki and the Chitauri.
Webb has, of course, addressed the issue in the past, but this week at SXSW he tackled it once again during a keynote (which we attended) and actually revealed a startling bit of information. When asked what he calls “the villain question,” the director answered with the following:
“I mean, Rhino is only in the movie for like 4 minutes, so comparing it to Spider-Man 3 is not really a legitimate comparison.”
Whether or not Webb means a literal 4 minutes or is ballparking (which seems more likely) remains to be seen, but either way, the take-away from this is that, although several villains will be making appearances, not all of them will factor heavily into the story. Of course, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might still suffer the same fate as Spider-Man 3, but if some of the foes are only going to be showing up for small parts, that certainly bodes well for the highly-anticipated sequel.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theatres on May 2nd, 2014.