This particularly affects the chosen antagonists who all seem to veer speedily from minor grievance to megalomaniacal super-villainy. Some of this is clearly laying groundwork for the next instalment (Osborn), some is intentionally over the top (Paul Giamatti's enjoyable cameo as brutish antagonist Rhino), and some doesn't quite work at all, such as Jamie Foxx's amped-up nemesis. Fortunately, the film is still about the Amazing Spider-Man and Garfield's embodiment of the character is just that. Where his first outing dipped a toe in Spidey's trademark wit, this time around it has been perfected - both in and out of the mask. He hurls as many jibes at his foes as webs and consistently hits the comic mark.
Stone is once again fantastic and every scene between herself and Garfield crackles and delights. Webb additionally shows more mastery of his visuals in his second crack of the whip even if he remains more adept at the character work. The action is never mind-blowingly spectacular but the web-slinging itself has been upgraded with Garfield's confidence seamlessly filtered into the sequences. Although it fundamentally has many of the same issues as the first film, the strengths are enhanced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and it's certainly a step forward for the franchise. Now, let's give the web-head a villain worthy of his attention.