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There are many qualities in The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro: Andrew Garfield is absolutely gorgeous in the role of Peter Parker (as in everything he does). His second Marvel adventure also offers the best-staged Spidey-swinging-through-canyon-scene ever and at the same time, for me, the most tragic moment in the screen history of the popular comic book hero. It’s all the more disappointing that we haven’t gotten an Amazing Spider-Man 3 (yet) — especially now that Spider-Man: No Way Home has shown us Garfield at his best again. But that’s not the only reason Marc Webb ‘s second Spidey film is incredibly frustrating.
Because like its predecessor, «The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ suffers from a glaring weakness: its embarrassingly exaggerated villain, who could just as easily have played in the ridiculous DC flop » Batman & Robin «. Especially after «No Way Home», which gave the villain Electro ( Jamie Foxx ) a general overhaul, it becomes clear how much better «The Amazing Spider-Man 2» could have been if only the villain hadn’t been screwed up so much .
This is what The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro is all about
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has been a Spider-Man for some time now and is struggling to balance his personal and superhero lives. It’s particularly hard for him that he promised Gwen Stacy’s dying father to stay away from Gwen ( Emma Stone ) so as not to put her in danger. But Peter and his girlfriend have such an undying chemistry that they can’t do without each other. But when the shy nerd Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) falls into a barrel full of electric eels (!), he mutates into a supernatural lightning slinger who soon also sets his sights on Peter.
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Electro is so bad that «No Way Home» had to change it radically
I’ve already mentioned how great I think The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is in many aspects. The authentic, heartbreaking relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy is just such a powerful emotional anchor that I probably rooted for this Spidey movie more than any other. But in addition to these real, tangible feelings, you also get presented with such an absurdly ashamed villain that it almost rolls up your toenails from all the cringe.
When Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in «Batman & Robin» churns out underground bad ice puns with his unmistakable Arnie accent, it’s great fun because the whole movie is just laughable. But with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which gets so many things right and wants to pack a really heavy punch emotionally, it’s not funny at all. The villain, who, with his obtrusive clumsiness and ticking off the worst geek clichés, would have been at best an annoying «Big Bang Theory» secondary character, is a frustrating impertinence.
Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios The Electro in «No Way Home» (right) is completely different than that in «Amazing Spider-Man 2» (left and center).
«Spider-Man: No Way Home», on the other hand, shows how it can be done better. Not that Jamie Foxx’s Electro is a particularly deep villain in the MCU multiverse adventure, but at least he has an intimidating screen presence and his scenes and lines are spot on. I don’t think it’s particularly elegant of Kevin Feige and his MCU makers* to whistle at any consistency and instead present us with a completely different electro that has nothing to do with the original in terms of character (although it portrays exactly the same person should), but with this assist you could only score an own goal.
Big mistake in «Spider-Man: No Way Home»: The appearance of this character makes no sense at all!
In itself, the idea of turning a shy loner, who is almost completely unnoticed by those around him, into a villain by giving him unimaginable power that allows him to attract attention for the first time is not a bad idea. It could have been solved much more subtly, with a cautiously nerdy Max who, after gaining his electro powers, gradually becomes the self-confident joker portrayed by Jamie Foxx in «No Way Home».
Instead, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 became a Marvel adventure with more ups and downs than Spidey’s jaunt through the urban canyons of New York. A film that emotionally took me incredibly — despite its annoying villain. Let’s hope that after the success of «No Way Home» there will be an «Amazing Spider-Man 3» after all, which will finally face Andrew Garfield against a worthy opponent. He deserved it…
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