In The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker's spider-bite was the result of a trip to Oscorp, the employer of his late father and also Dr. Curt Connors. Next summer's sequel supplies new villains Electro, Rhino, and, apparently, Green Goblin. The unifying factor is the corporation to which Andrew Garfield's Parker has old ties.
"Oscorp is the evil empire and will always be a major player in these films," Marc Webb tells USA Today.
The reboot alluded to a sickly, never-seen Norman Osborn, the Oscorp founder to be played in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 by Chris Cooper. Since Cooper signed up, we've assumed that his appearance would set up a new Green Goblin in the third or fourth installments, which are expected to pit Spidey against the Sinister Six. But the triptych poster spotted in the wild over the weekend gives a first look at a Goblin who looked younger and more sprightly than Cooper.
Sony has unveiled an official version of the triptych, one that confirms beyond the shadow of a doubt that this Goblin is, in fact, Harry Osborn, played by Dane DeHaan. You can see a close-up of DeHaan behind Electro over on the left. So DeHaan joins Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti in the bad guy party.
Still unconvinced about the identity of this glider-riding heavy? Check out an even closer look:
It's been stressed repeatedly that Electro is the primary antagonist, with Giamatti's Rhino contributing in only a small handful of scenes. That DeHaan's Harry Osborn cuts loose in his (re)introductory movie is a bit of a surprise. Enough so that we're wondering if he doesn't go villainous until late in the proceedings.
Anyways, here are five new images, a few which give a good sense of Spidery's swinging style, of which Webb says, "That's going to be a side of him you'll want to relish. This time, there's a jollity we've really embraced."
"We wanted some theatricality for this villain," Webb explains of Foxx's character. "What makes him interesting is the really ironic evolution of the character. He starts off as Spider-Man's biggest fan and ends up being Spider-Man's biggest foe."
"We shot his exterior and then created a glowing light source that is buried deep within his core that exudes and generates electric light," Webb says. "If you look at a cloud when a thunderstorm is coming and the lightning is within that cloud, we use that as a natural inspiration for the character."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters nationwide on May 2, 2014. Sony's rolling out the trailer on Thursday, December 5th.
Until then, check out this new official synopsis, knowing while you do that Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz are confirmed to return as Peter's parents.
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has
been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of
Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But
in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict
It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.