As it gets closer and closer to The Amazing Spider-Man 2s world premiere in London on April 10th, many moviegoers and comic book fans are getting a sense of overwhelming dread about the direction Sony Pictures franchise appears to be headed. Major plot points have been seemingly spoiled by many of the films teasers and trailers, and new production stills showcasing some of the movies new character designs have been criticized and mocked around the Internet. Further emphasizing the bad vibes enveloping The Amazing Spider-Man 2, director Marc Webb is preemptively defending some of the films questionable casting choices and its copious amount of villains. Considering the lukewarm reaction The Amazing Spider-Man received two years ago, Sony cant afford a major misstep with its sequel, especially as the studio gears up to create an entire universe of Spider-Man-centric movies built around characters like Venom and the Sinister Six. It is possible that all of the griping and cynicism is just a case of comic book fans being too persnickety and reactionary, but these following 10 entries are among the many reasons why some of us have already given up expecting anything worthwhile from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Mark is a professional writer living in Brooklyn and is the founder of the Chasing Amazing Blog, which documents his quest to collect every issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and the Superior Spider-Talk podcast. He also pens the "Gimmick or Good?" column at Comics Should Be Good blog.