Spider-Man returns to swing and deal with angst in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the latest Marvel summer blockbuster. This reboot of the Spider-Man franchise adds more villains and more drama but isn't all that satisfying.
But superheroes need super villains, and ASM2 introduces two (technically three, but the last one is barely in the movie). Max Dillon (Jaime Foxx) is a mousy, angry nerd who idolizes Spider-Man. When an accident gives him electrical powers, he becomes Electro -- and his hero worship turns to hatred when he feels like Spider-Man is stealing all of his attention. Meanwhile, Peter's old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) has just returned, inherited Oscorp, and found out that he's dying of the same degenerative disease that killed his father. And Harry thinks the cure lies in Spider-Man's blood.
Overall grade: B-
Reviewed by James Lynch