‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ trailer and new images tease action, humor

Feb. 03, 2014 | 1:23 p.m.

A new trailer and new film stills for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ tease an action-packed superhero movie with a dash of humor and plenty of villains.

Andrew Garfield reprises his role as the web-slinger in the sequel to 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and Emma Stone returns as Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy in the new film, due in theaters this May. A two-part Super Bowl spot directed fans to a promotional website, www.enemiesunite.com, featuring the full-length trailer.

The trailer, which runs nearly four minutes, reveals the film’s take on the origin of villain Electro (Jamie Foxx). Spidey saves Oscorp employee Max Dillon’s life, and the geeky, soft-spoken guy becomes starstruck and obsessed.

“It must be pretty cool, huh, to have the whole world see you like that,” he tells Stone’s Gwen Stacy in the trailer. “The amazing Spider-Man. I wish I was like him.”

He gets his wish, in a way, after an electrical accident at what appears to be Oscorp headquarters endows him with the ability to manipulate electricity. However, he’s offended when Spider-Man doesn’t remember him and decides to use his newfound abilities to thwart the web-slinger.

It’s a departure from the character’s comic-book origins, in which Dillon is an electrician who gains the ability to generate and control electricity after he’s struck by lightning while repairing a power line. The character, who first appeared in 1964, is typically seen wearing a green suit and a yellow lightning bolt mask, but Foxx’s blue-faced Electro appears to be more closely modeled on the Ultimate version of the villain.

Electro isn’t the only threat Spidey faces in the new film. Paul Giamatti plays Rhino and Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) portrays rich boy Harry Osborn, son of Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), who, fans will remember, is the head of Oscorp Industries and becomes the Green Goblin.

The trailer also features some comedic exchanges between Garfield’s Peter Parker and his Aunt May, played by Sally Field. Campbell Scott makes an appearance as Peter’s father, Richard. Like its predecessor, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is directed by Marc Webb.

Sony has great expectations for the superhero franchise. The studio already has announced that the third and fourth installments in the saga of Peter Parker are set for release on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018.

Additionally, the company announced plans for new movies about Spider-Man’s nemesis Venom and the collective of bad guys known as the Sinister Six via its Electro Arrives website. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon will write the screenplay for “Venom,” while Drew Goddard will write, and potentially direct, “The Sinister Six,” focusing on the villains in the franchise.

Kurtzman and Orci, along with Jeff Pinkner, will write the script for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.”

“The Amazing-Spider Man 2″ will open in both IMAX 3-D and on conventional movie screens this summer. The film will begin its international rollout April 16 and will debut in North America on May 2. Watch the trailer and click through the gallery above for a sneak peek at the film.

– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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