The Green Goblin Is Back in the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Sequel

Source: Columbia Pictures via IMDB.com

Fans of the Amazing Spider Man will be more than ready for the what the newly released trailer has in store. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) returns with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) as his love interest, but with a new, yet familiar character thrown in the mix. Dan DeHaan — known for his appearance in Lincoln and Kill Your Darlings – will appear as Harry Osborn, or as some like to refer to him, “The Green Goblin.”

The first Amazing Spider Man, which came out in July of 2012, made an impressive $752.2 million worldwide, comparable to the first Spider-Man movie back in 2002 starring Toby Maguire, which made $821.7 million, though on a somewhat smaller budget, according to Box Office Mojo.

What I discovered on this one, is that it’s just a mess, Peter’s a mess, Spider-Man’s a mess, but what’s important to know is that when we meet Spider-Man at the beginning of this film, he’s taking great pleasure in his power and he’s in full control of it … He has the confidence to not only be heroic, but it’s not a boring heroism, he’s able to mess with people as he’s being heroic, he’s Bugs Bunny to a certain degree,” said Andrew Garfield at a press conference during Comic Con, as reported by the Cinema Source.

“Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci … had crafted a story that didn’t solely rest upon Peters shoulders, or Spider-Man’s shoulders,” said Garfield of the sequel. “Alex and Bob, they wrote incredibly well crafted characters across the board, a real ensemble,” he said.

Of course, there’s been some debate as of late on whether or not viewers have or will hit a point of exhaustion with superhero flicks. There’s been a long, unceasing stream of Marvel- and D.C.-based movies, including most recently Thor: The Dark World, Kick-Ass 2, and The Wolverine. Before that came Man of Steel and Iron Man 3, all 2013 films, and 2012 boasted just as many. But still, based on Thor: The Dark World‘s lifetime gross, as reported by Box Office Mojo, the film was ranked fifth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Franchise. Still, according to Buzzfeed, The Wolverine opened at $55 million, a number that, while impressive when compared to other films, was considerably below the expectations for that film.

Ultimately, what it comes down to is that it very likely depends on the movie and the franchise. When Iron Man 3 hit theaters, it eventually worked its way up past the billion dollar mark in worldwide revenue, exceeding expected revenue and beating out Sherlock Holmes, if not quite taking the trophy when it came to Box Office Mojo’s Avengers vs. Iron Man 3” showdown. Of course, this could be attributable to many things, including Robert Downy Junior’s popularity, or the timing – Wolverine was, after all, more recent. Either way, only time will tell whether the Amazing Spider-Man will find itself with an eager or worn-out audience. My guess is it’s going to be on the former.

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