The key to a great sequel is a really great subtitle. Just ask Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, which is widely regarded as the best sequel title and also the best sequel of all time. Movies that didn’t have great subtitles: The Godfather Part II, Aliens, and even Spider-Man 2. They’re all garbage and everybody hates them, right?. It’s a good thing, then, that Sony Pictures is batting around a few choice subtitles for the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The rumored subtitles come courtesy of a tipster at a screening for Sony’s Captain Phillips, during which the audience was supposedly asked their opinions on some potential choices. Two of the titles bandied about: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Price of Power and The Amazing Spider-Man: With Great Power. There was a third title in there as well, but the source claims to have forgotten it. Some guesses: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Price Is Right, The Amazing Spider-Man: The Power Is Yours, and The Amazing Spider-Man: Paul Giamatti Makes Some Funny Faces.
Of course, none of those titles have the number 2 in it, which could be confusing for some moviegoers. Is this, in fact, the sequel to the reboot, or another reboot entirely, or a spin-off of some sort? Is Andrew Garfield still in it? Perhaps the best title would be The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Andrew Garfield Is Still In It. Hey Sony, maybe you should workshop this thing a bit more before coming to a firm decision.
Whatever Sony ends up naming it, the movie that is the sequel to 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield but will likely not end up being called The Amazing Spider-Man 2 because that would be too easy is scheduled to hit theaters on May 2, 2014. Hopefully we will not all be thrown off by the final title and end up missing the movie entirely.