In 2007, Sam Raimi's trilogy capper Spider-Man 3 was criticised for featuring more baddies than Dr. Evil's Christmas shindig. But the director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Marc Webb, is promising coherence when it comes to the web-slinger's latest adventure.
*Warning: the following article contains spoilers*
The film reportedly features the origins of The Sinister Six, a villainous ensemble that, in the comics, comprised of Spidey's greatest foes including Doctor Octopus, Sandman and Vulture. Yet Webb wants to assure fans that the film is anchored by Jamie Foxx's fearsome Electro, himself a key part of The Sinister Six.
"The main villain is Electro," Webb explained to The Playlist when interviewed at SXSW Film Festival. "Every other villain emerges around that. We were careful to make sure the stories entertained."
The concern is understandable. Spider-Man 3, not content with turning Peter Parker into an emo, was weighed down by the pressure to include both Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Venom (Topher Grace).
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 features not just Electro but also The Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), all of which adds up to a hefty quotient of villains. Or does it?
"Rhino is in it for four minutes so it's a legitimate comparison," says Webb, "but when you see the movie, I'm confident."
With the news that The Rhino's appearance will be limited (presumably he'll feature more in the sequels), it would appear that the playing field is levelled somewhat. Still – when does a group of baddies become too much? Let us know what you think.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released on 18 April.