The Social Network). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone, The Wolf of Wall Street). But being your local neighbourhood web-slinger comes at a price: only Spidey can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan, The Place Beyond the Pines), returns, Peter comes to realise that all of his enemies have one thing in common: the nefarious OsCorp.
Not only are there glimpses of all the major villains (including what looks to be DeHaan's Osborn on a Green Goblin glider, as well as nods to The Vulture and Doctor Octopus), but Richard Parker's work at OsCorp - which was only touched on in the first instalment - will be a bigger plot point here. The action already looks considerably better than the franchise opener; Spider-Man feels a lot more in-tune with his abilities this time round, and the tracking shot of the web-slinger engaged with Electro is a fine way to finish. All things considered, it would seem that this sequel will do a better job of living up to its self-aggrandising title.
Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released in UK cinemas on 14 April, 2014.