So, if you're like us, then you have already probably watched the first full trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 about two dozen times and are only now taking a breather before you go back for more. But in the meantime, we have something else to feed your wallcrawling cravings right here! Join us as we dissect this trailer from slinging skyscraper to reptilian sewer in the hopes of finding every little geeky Easter Egg or cool nugget you may have missed. It's time to live and breathe The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer in that expected Den of Geek way.
Well, that’s certainly one way of doing the Rhino! Gone is the odd, bonded skin-suit, and instead we get this crazy, tank-like armor. Can we say “Ultimate Spider-Man?” Let the 616 vs. Ultimates debate begin!
That’s the Green Goblin, alright! And does that look like it is Harry Osborn (as rumored by everyone from cast and crew)?
. They’ve been posting some fun spidey-verse hints over there for quite some time!
Spidey is back to his classic costume for this one, but we knew that. It does seem a little more lightweight than the Raimi suits. And that’s Paul Giamatti in pre-Rhino garb shooting at him.
Dane DeHaan is Harry Osborn. While the Osborn family in this flick still don’t have that insane widow’s peak that only folks in comics have ever had, Dane does have those comic book Osborn eyebrows here, doesn’t he?
Now THIS is juicy. A few names and projects visible on this list:
Ravencroft (we imagine that's where Cletus Kasady, better known as Carnage, is spending his pre-symbiote days), OS-Suit Mark III (is this the Rhino or Goblin armor?), Venom Storage, Nano-Drug system (another Goblin reference?), Australia Project (possibly a reference to Kraven the Hunter), Dr. Connors File (no surprise there), Dr. Morbius File (You know what this franchise needs? Vampires!), Exoskeleton 232 (Doctor Octopus?), Eel Lab (oh...is that Electro’s origin?)
The secret Subway lab may hold some clues. What could that black fluid in the vials on the left be? A symbiote, perhaps?
Richard Parker knows Oscorp’s secrets, and knows what they’ve been using his research for. In the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, the Venom project was actually supposed to be a living suit that could cure cancer, and it was developed in part by Peter's dad. Don’t be surprised if we see this down the road, especially considering the other references to Venom seen throughout the trailer.
Norman Osborn, lit in his preferred color…
On the left, those are Vulture wings, and on the right, that’s Doctor Octopus’ harness...with Norman strolling in the middle. That’s a lot of Spidey history right there.
Seven storage units for seven pieces of villain technology? Let’s do some math...there’s the Sinister Six...plus Venom? Uh-oh…
Please tell us that they’re not using electric eels to give Electro his powers. What is this, Batman Returns?
That might be Marton Csokas, who has appeared in such geek-friendly films as Lord of the Rings and Kingdom of Heaven, and in this film, he's listed as Dr. Kafka. For any true believer worth their web-fluid, this is a marked change, as Dr. Kafka in the comics is a psychiatric analyst at Ravencroft...and is a woman. She is the one who tries (and fails) to rehabilitate Venom and Carnage in the 1990s, and is ultimately killed in an escape attack. Could this be a backdoor into introducing the symbiote down the road? Also worth noting is that Chameleon at one time took Dr. Kafka's form. With two Osborns, Adrian Toomes and, for all we know, Dr. Connors still shuffling around, why not the Chameleon too?
Dr. Manhattan references aside, Electro looks pretty cool here.
Another look at the Green Goblin! And yes, yes that is most definitely Dane DeHaan aka Harry Osborn!!! How’s that for an “ultimate” Goblin Legacy?
Norman Osborn doesn’t look well at all. We were told in the first film that “Norman Osborn is dying.” That’s pretty obvious, now.
That’s Richard Parker fighting with a pilot wearing a parachute. We know the Parkers died in a mysterious plane crash. Now it looks clear it wasn’t an accident. As if you had any doubt.
We’ll confess...Electro looks pretty awesome here.
It’s a small touch, but a nice one. Peter has posters of New York City rock n’ roll legends The Velvet Underground and Queens stalwarts The Ramones on his wall. We suppose having good taste in music WOULD make a 17 year old an outcast these days. And he’s cool enough for Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up, even in high school.
Our best look at Dane DeHaan as the Green Goblin!
While not directly drawn from the comics, any Spidey fan who enjoyed the PS2/GameCube generation wackiness that was Ultimate Spider-Man (a supposedly canocial telling blessed by Brian Michael Bendis of the return of Ultimate Venom) should recognize this shot: Blue-lite Electro running amok in Times Square. The highlight of that game was Venom vs. Electro for the right to murder a wounded Spidey, and old Sparky up there did the impossible: He made Broadway go dark. Could this be a return of that epic showdown, but with Rhino or Green Goblin?
The Parker’s plane crash on its final descent!
So there are nearly 25 bits and pieces you may have missed. What about us? Did we overlook anything? Do you just want to geek out about the trailer some more? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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