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Everyone’s favorite wall-crawler returns

There is a reason amazing comes before Spider-Man as the web-slinger swung into theaters on Friday, delivering nothing short of its title: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Sony Pictures and director Marc Webb’s sequel treats their audience to yet another success in film for the Marvel Universe and were able to deliver pure entertainment.

The follow-up begins at a pivotal point in Peter Parker’s, a.k.a. Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), and Gwen Stacy’s (Emma Stone) life as they proceed to the first steps of life after high school.

The first installment of the series, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” lacked in character development and rushed into Parker’s transition into Spider-man, an error corrected in this film.

There couldn’t have been a better candidate than Garfield to play the role of Parker, who delivers to fans the Spider-Man they deserve–an epitome of the comic book hero.

The story continues to paint the growing picture of who Parker and Spider-Man are in this franchise. It gives a more in-depth account of the mystery of his parents and understanding of his struggle in discovering his role as Spider-Man.

Garfield and Stone lend a strong chemistry to their characters and make the relationship between Parker and Stacy that much more believable. This has the audience cheering for them as a couple. The relationship draws the audience and propels the story to an inevitable event that is of no surprise to Spider-Man fans.

Newcomers to the franchise Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn/Green Goblin) and Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon/Electro) play the main antagonists of the film.

As villains, Foxx and DeHaan earn the approval of the audience. However, they are not given the time to see the characters develop into the enemy–it happens all to quick.

The film constantly pulls at the viewer’s emotions, from laughter to tearing up–maybe not enough to leave the audience on the edge of its seat, but definitely engaged enough to want to see what the next scene will bring.

The viewer can expect more of a story in this film than action. However, when action scenes do appear they can be expected to be accompanied by stunning visuals, slow motion sequences, exceptional fighting choreography and, of course, one-of-a-kind quirky sayings from New York’s Web-Head.

Although some critics may argue that the plot is predictable and lacks surprises to any Spider-Man aficionado, what makes the film unique is its ability to capture the same emotion from the comics and correctly portray it on film so the audience can relate to it.

As always, Stan Lee, the creator of many beloved Marvel characters, including Spider-Man, made his nothing-short-of-entertaining cameo in this film.

Like all Marvel films, a teaser of what is to come can be found during the credits.

What makes a great film is a great story and what makes a better film is a crowded theater of Marvel nerds cheering on their beloved superhero. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” does just that.


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