Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.
Let me start by saying brilliant BRILLIANT BRILLIANT! The best Spider-Man movie to date, although in saying that, I have yet to see the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. And to top it all off for this movie, there isn’t just one villain, not two villains, but THREE!!!
First up we have Max Dillon as Electro. Max Dillon is portrayed as a nobody, someone who goes without notice and works as a technical electrician for Oscorp. His portrayal in the film is very good, and quite true to the comics. In the movie, Dillon, who is played by the brilliant actor Jamie Foxx, is fixing a fault in sector 32 when he is electrocuted and falls into a vat of electric eels. In the comics, Dillon is an electrical engineer and lineman, was repairing a power line when a freak-lightning accident caused a mutagenic change that transformed him into a living electrical capacitor.
While the movie version is extremely different to the comic book version of a villain clad in yellow and green spandex, it doesn’t completely veer from the comics. In the Ultimate Marvel Comics, Electro is in fact a blue being of electric energy, quite true to the movie. This wouldn’t be the first time though, that Marvel movies have looked to the Ultimate Marvel comics. Take Director Nick Fury in the Avengers, for example. His look and design was completely derived from the comics, although it has been said that Fury was drawn to look just like Samuel L. Jackson.
Next up we have Harry Osborn as the Green Goblin, and while it isn’t said in the film that he is the Green Goblin, it is very much visible to the hard-core fans and very much obvious. If it isn’t the glider that he flies around on, or the manic look on his face, well the very subtle pumpkin bomb might give it away. While very different to the comic book version, it also veers from the appearance of the previous movie version of the green goblin, and doesn’t in fact derive attention from the Ultimate Marvel version either. In fact, I would say it takes inspiration from the version portrayed by James Franco in the previous movie run Spider-Man 3, where Harry becomes the New Goblin to seek revenge on Spider-Man for killing his father, the original Green Goblin. This version is completely different from both the comics, and the previous movie versions, taking on a completely different take on the Green Goblin, being that Harry Osborn is the first to become the crazy Green Goblin while it is common knowledge that Norman Osborn, Harry’s father, is the original Green Goblin. I did like this take, all the same, as it spun a new light on the character, while Harry seeks out the blood of Spider-Man in order to cure himself of the disease his father died of and that he is currently in the process of dying from.
And then last, but not least, even though he probably had the least screen time, is The Rhino. A very poor, poor interpretation of the Rhino if you ask me, to the point where my cousin was asking me when is the Rhino going to appear. He simply didn’t recognise the mechanical contraption, and for the likes of children ages 7-10, they only know the Rhino as a large man in a Rhino spandex suit. I too disapproved of this. I’ll say no more on the matter.
So there you have it, the villains of the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Rhino aside, pretty awesome, right?
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