2014's must-see events for comic book fans
Running down the top fandom events of the upcomming year
14. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (May)
When the first "Amazing Spider-Man" hit theaters, it was clear that Marc Webb understood the character. Though loyal comic book enthusiasts' reviews were mixed (as they always will be), the film was a box office hit and garnered the support of mainstream fans. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone heated up the screen with an onscreen dynamic bursting with romantic energy while the CGI combined with practical special effects and stunt work to give audiences a Spider-Man experience that stood apart from its predecessors. To be fair, the film did suffer from originitis, a condition of fan ennui which occurs when Hollywood regurgitates a first act superhero origin for the umpteenth time.
In May, "Amazing Spider-Man 2" will allow Marc Webb to break the confines of the origin and make his own mark on the "Spider-Man" film mythos. The director is bringing Electro and Rhino to the big screen for the first time while offering a fresh take on the now-familiar Parker/Osborn dynamic. There are also rumors that Webb plans to introduce Felicia Hardy in the movie, a character fans have been anticipating since the first Sam Raimi film. All of this adds up to one eagerly anticipated sequel set to further pave the way as Sony attempts to establish its "Spiderverse" with spinoffs starring Spidey's biggest allies and enemies.