‘Spider-Man 2’ keeps true to comics

Rafael Rios / Staff Writer

May 15,2014

Swinging onto the big screens once again is your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

“With great power come great responsibility,” and the responsibility in cinematically displaying one of the most well-known superheroes has been handed down after the first trilogy.

The web head, not unfamiliar with being on the big screen, returns for his fifth time, but only for the second time since the franchise got its reboot.

Originally titled “Spider-Man,” the new name has changed to “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

The first “Spider-Man” trilogy ran from 2002 to 2007 and was directed by Sam Raimi.

The main cast included actors such as Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Kristen Dunst (Mary Jane Watson), and James Franco (Harry Osborn).

“The Amazing Spider-Man” started with the release of the first film in July 2012 and is currently being set up for a villainous sequel, which will include 6 currently unknown villains known as “The Sinister Six.”

Marc Webb directed both films.

The main ensembles for both films include Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (May Parker), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn) and Jamie Foxx (Electro).

Evidently, with the change in director and the beginning of a new storyline, the Sony Pictures Studios owned franchise has made many changes.

The cast chosen for this film does an excellent job portraying the characters and their roles in this film, but there were points in the movie where the CGI was slightly too animated, and made it difficult to distinguish whether it was a cartoon film or a live action film.

These problems mainly consisted during the battles between Spider-Man and Electro.

Andrew Garfield does a great job in his role of a sleeker, wittier, more dramatic Spider-Man than we’ve seen.

The story takes off with Peter having to deal with his love for Gwen Stacy and the promise he made to her father that he’d stay away to keep her safe.

It’s clear that he does not want to keep this promise, but he is still being haunted by Gwen’s father and being Spider-Man’s love interest puts her at a high risk.

Eventually realizing that being Spider-Man gives the people of New York hope and that saving people is an important role that has been given to him by fate, he decides to keep his promise.

Troubled by his decisions, he goes on a quest to find out what happened to his parents and slowly stumbles onto more questions and troubling truths.

Parker is faced with many obstacles along the way, such as the electrifying menace, “Electro” terrorizing the city.

The reboot of the franchise is slowly piecing together a bigger picture of what’s to come with our hero and what bigger quests and troubles are heading toward him and the city.

The romantic portion of the film was convincing, but Electro who could have been a promising villain, was under utilized.

For many comic-book fans, it will be pleasing to see that part of the story was used from issue 121 and 122 of “The Amazing Spider-Man” comic book.

The film earned 91 million during the opening weekend and was ranked first in around 4,324 theaters, beating its predecessor, which earned 62 million and was ranked first in 4,318 theaters.

The new addition to the franchise sparks up emotions in audiences around the country, making it the top movie in its opening weekend.