‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ trailer is packed with villainy

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Our first proper trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer is here – and it’s time to get your geek on. We’ve been hearing more and more about the movie that had previously confirmed Electro and Rhino and the main baddies, roles occupied by Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti, respectively. An early reveal of a poster just days before this trailer arrived offered a first look at a third possible villain to be featured: the Green Goblin. Or at least some nasty character from the Goblin portion of Spidey’s Rogue’s Gallery.

It looks like this could be the Harry Osborn Green Goblin. Both Harry and his dad Norman have assumed the mantle of Spider-Man’s nemesis in the comics, and both characters appear in the Marc Webb-directed, Andrew Garfield-starring sequel. The elder Osborn, played by Chris Cooper, is terminally ill (as the previous movie established) and it seems that something prompts his son (Dane DeHaan) to suit up. Possibly the untimely death of dear, old dad? We won’t know until 2014.

The trailer also offers up brief looks at Electro, who’s looking very blue and glowy, and Rhino, in both his human and superhuman forms. We get a brief look at Giamatti in the background of one shot, rageface in full effect with a chugging machine gun in his hands. Peeks at his Rhino identity are less clear, but it looks like the classic Marvel Comics villain is realized in this movie as a robotic supersuit-enhanced sociopath. It’s a much more mechanical-looking contraption than we’ve previously seen associated with the character in the comics, but it does help to ground Giamatti’s transformation in reality. Webb toed a careful line in the first movie between fantastical comic book-ness and could-be-real contrivances, and it looks like he’s carrying that vibe forward into the sequel.

The trailer is great, filled with lots of eye candy and teasing glimpses of how this next chapter in Peter Parker’s story will shape up. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in theaters on May 2, 2014.