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Amazing Spider-man 2 started production in New York Tuesday, and the official (vague) synopsis has been released by the studio, which I've included below.
The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field.Colm Feore is the biggest name not previously announced, and while everyone is assuming he'll be playing Norman Osborn, considering his long and successful career playing villains and having a head perfectly shaped to make people slightly uncomfortable. However, it is equally possible he's playing the principle at Parker's high school.
In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers.
Also, calling the first film "last year’s critical hit" is not exactly what you'd call the truth. While it currently holds a 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was largely held to be completely redundant film which lacked any clear narrative direction, and was either badly directed by the returning Marc Webb, or badly edited by the studio. And when I say "largely held" I mean that's what I thought, as well as it being a generally forgettable film whose sequel was both inevitable and unnecessary.