We've been getting a little worried about The Amazing Spider-Man follow-up. The first movie was an unexpected delight, a simple story whose radiant charm trumped its laughable proximity to the the previous Spider-Man franchise. But the sequel has started to seem a bit unruly, with certain key characters being cut and the cast of villains ballooning. Now, in the form of a preview for a Comic-Con panel that will attempt to prove the doubters wrong, we have the first footage of Jamie Foxx's blue villain, Electro. And it's disconcerting.
Foxx is by all indications the film's main antagonist—they don't put also-rans on the cover of Entertainment Weekly—and in this brief clip he comes off a little, well, silly. Doesn't he? If Peter's enemy is kinda dopey, does that sink the whole movie? It could.
Making things more crowded, and potentially worse, Electro is just one of the film's villains. Paul Giamatti also shows up as Rhino, and there's talk of more. British actress Felicity Jones, who has a mysterious role in the film, told View London: "It’s all quite shrouded in secrecy, but I’m the Goblin’s girlfriend - I’m in a relationship with him, and his accomplice. I’m on the dark side." That seems to imply that, yes, the Green Goblin is in this film too. Chris Cooper is playing Norman Osborn and Dane DeHaan is his son Harry, both of whom eventually become iterations of the Goblin. (How creepy would it be if 29-year-old Jones played 62-year-old Cooper's girlfriend?) That's a lot of bad guys for Spidey to contend with. Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson was abruptly cut from the film last month, producer Avi Arad telling Entertainment Weekly's Sara Vilkomerson, "There was just too much story." Too much story for Mary Jane but not for three, or potentially five, villains? That makes us a little concerned about the strength of the script.
Hopefully, director Marc Webb will use Comic-Con to do some much needed clarifying. Though, as Vulture's Kyle Buchanan reminds us, when the first film came to Comic-Con, Webb "showed scenes that didn't even end up in the final cut." So who knows what we'll be seeing at this year's panel. If nothing else, we can at least trust that Andrew Garfield will be his usual adorable self. We'll always have that.