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Spider-Man has once again swung into theaters with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The sequel, released this weekend, has been met with polarizing fanfare (have you seen our review?). While fans are still chattering on what they liked and didn’t like (with more on the latter side), the movie has grossed $369 million worldwide already. Which means we’re practically assured, whether the haters like it or not, more films under the Sony Pictures banner. Sorry kids, Marvel ain’t getting the Spider-Man film rights back any time soon. The Marc Webb established cinematic Spider-Man universe, and its hodge podge of ideas and encumbered story telling, is here to stay. While some of us less favorable fans come to terms with that, we’ve compiled a collection new TASM content to throw in your face. Below you’ll find concept art, stills from the cut post credit scene, and some words from Marc Webb on what’s in store for the future.

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Paul Giamtti’s Rhino (who was in the film for something like 40 whole seconds) came under criticism for looking like a rejected Power Ranger Zord. The suite design wasn’t representative of the comics at all. And neither was Green Goblin’s (awful). Taking creative liberties is one thing, but coming so far off the source material that it isn’t even recognizable is just damn disrespectful. And, it just puts a thumbscrews to my fanboy-ism seeing that they had the chance to get it right. As you can see from the concept art above, from illustrator Robert Simmons, they had a suit design that was very similar to Rhino from Ultimate Spider-Man comic series. I, for one, would have had one less thing to bitch about if they went with the classic two legged design. You can view more of Roberts artwork at his official website, robertdraws.com

For those who haven’t seen the film yet, this is next bit is spoiler territory…

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There was a pretty disturbing post credits scene that got cut from the movie. The scene was to feature Norman Osborn‘s head in a jar. The character dies early in the film from an illness that he spent years as Oscorp trying to cure. The scene is described as showing the shadow man from the film walking up to Norman’s cryogenically frozen head in a chamber and saying, “Wake up old friend”. The scene was cut, and we instead got that X-Men: Days of Future Past promo. With the scene being axed, I dunno if that means plans to bring Norman back in future films has been scrapped as well. My guess his death was faked (we never saw him die) and that he’ll be back, for sure.

Speaking of the future…

Fans were teased with villain Easter eggs when the shadow man walked through the chamber and Doctor Octopus and Vultures mechanical apertures were revealed. Did those teases mean anything, or were they just a nod to the fans? Well, considering that a Sinister Six film has confirmed to be in the works, Marc Webb says they had to make sure those super villain teasers weren’t present for nothing:

“I had to talk to Drew Goddard (The Sinister Six writer/director) and make sure these things were going to be played out in the future universe,” he said in an interview with Grantland. “There are some very specific plans, for example, for [Doc] Ock and for Vulture. Or the man in the hat at the end of the first movie. All those things emerge with varying degrees of emphasis.”

As ComingSoon points out – the  “man in the hat” was confirmed in the film to be Gustav Fiers aka The Gentleman, a character responsible for putting together the infamous Sinister Six in a series of novels and it seems he’ll be taking on that responsibility for the film as well.

Alright, so rounding this quartet TASM news, we have a funny clip from this weekend’s Saturday Night Live featuring stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The two performed a skit where the actors were attempting to shoot a crucial kissing scene for the film but failing horribly.

 

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