Production on what we're calling The Amazing Spider-Man 2 continues unabated on the streets of Peter Parker's native New York.
Over the last week, we've seen several batches of set photos showing a sequence or sequences of action between the costumed hero and Giamatti's character, Aleksei Sytsevich. Catch up on those by clicking here and here. Those peeks at a tattooed, tracksuit-wearing Giamatti indicated that, like his comic book counterpart, the cinematic Sytsevich will be a criminal-type, but they didn't give any hint of whether or not Sytsevich will end up in in huge, armored grey suit as The Rhino.
A couple of these new pictures, courtesy of SuperHeroHype, show Giamatti making like Iron Monger in a temp getup that will eventually be replaced by a digital Rhino outfit. It's a fairly crude mock-up of a small section of the Rhino armor, but it gives a sense of the heavy industrial look that the villainous powersuit will have onscreen. Note that Giamatti's not sporting the forehead tattoo, perhaps because of CGI that will eventually cover much of his head.
Before we get to those two images, though, go ahead and partially spoil what seems to be a cute action beat between Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's 51-year old creation and a little kid in a familiar costume. The Amazing Spider-Man had at least one solid "Spidey rescues a cute kid" moment, and it looks like the sequel will have one more.
Sony Pictures rolled the dice in a big way rebooting this oh-so profitable franchise just five years after Spider-Man 3, but The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $752.2 million worldwide.
As such, director Marc Webb is back for the second installment of a planned trilogy. Also back is screenwriter James Vanderbilt, the writer who wrote the earliest drafts of the reboot. He performs the same function here, with subsequent rewrites carried out by Jeff Pinker as well as the duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The Star Trek and Transformers scribes also join this franchise as producers.
Garfield is also back as Peter, as are Emma Stone and Sally Field as Gwen Stacy and Aunt May, the two most important ladies in Peter's busy life. Shailene Woodley will appear as the rebooted Mary Jane Watson, though it's said that the role will be fairly small here and expand dramatically in the third movie. Dane DeHaan is the new Harry Osborn, while Chris Cooper plays his pop, Norman. And Jamie Foxx plays the principal villain of this one, Electro.