The Amazing Spider-Man is a series of film adaptations of the iconic Marvel Comicssuperhero, starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. It is a Continuity Reboot of the Sam RaimiSpider-Man Trilogy, but is still handled by Columbia Pictures (which is owned by Sony). It is produced by Avi Arad (who also produced the aforementioned trilogy) and Matt Tolmach.The series is planned to span at least four main films, and the first two of these are directed by Marc Webb. Webb will also direct the third installment, but will not return for the fourth. Spinoff films starring Venom and the Sinister Six have also been announced, the former to be directed by Alex Kurtzman, and the latter to be directed by Drew Goddard. While their release dates are unknown as of yet, Sony had initially stated that the movies may be released before The Amazing Spider-Man 4, and that the plan would eventually be to release a Spider-Man movie every year (counting spin-offs).However, the production plan seems to have changed after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out. While the movie was highly profitable, it was met with a more polarized reception, primarily being criticized for introducing too many plot threads at once and not having enough action at times. While The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is definitely happening, the creative team behind the film requested more time to address the criticisms of the previous movie, and the film has now been confirmed to have been pushed to 2018. The film order was originally meant to alternate between a Amazing Spider-Man film and a spin-off for every other year, but the schedule now seems to be altered - three spin-offs will apparently precede The Amazing Spider-Man 3, most likely done in such a way that the antagonists of the Sinister Six will have time to develop on-screen.Films released:
Bigger Bad: Oscorp as a whole is responsible for many of the superhumans, and so far only one is a good guy. This extends to Norman Osborn as well, who oversees the company without actually fighting Spider-Man directly.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Lighter and Softer than the previous film, with a brighter color palette, more Spidey scenes in daytime as opposed to only suiting up at night, and Peter visibly being a happier, better-adjusted person. In many ways it's more like the Raimi films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Franchise Zombie: Starting with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, this accusation started popping up for those that considered the film series to suffer from Sequelitis. The changes made to the schedule two months after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released (Sinister Six in 2016, Venom Carnage and the movie with a female lead in 2017, and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2018, as opposed to The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2016, The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2018, spinoff movies in odd years in between) made it seem even more as though Sony wants to keep the franchise, but doesn't have clear plans in place to proceed.
Meta Origin: Every superpowered character's origin is connected to Oscorp in some way.
Myth Arc: The ongoing mystery of what happened to Richard and Mary Parker, Peter's parents, and how Oscorp ties into it. The first film touches upon it, while the sequel expands on it to a greater degree.
Mythology Gag: There are quite a few in the movies themselves, but the Daily Bugle Tumblr features a ton of references to characters that have yet to appear in the film series.
For starters, the Daily Bugle's staff includes John Jonah Jameson, Kathryn "Kate" Cushing, Isabel "Izzy" Bunsen, Joy Mercado, Edward "Ned" Leeds, Dilbert Trilby, Eddie Brock, Frederick Foswell, and Ken Ellis - all of which appeared in the comics and worked under the news publisher. As an added bonus, most of the articles written by these characters refer to their preferences in reporting.
In the first newscast, the Russian Mob is mentioned as one of the threats the NYPD is focused on dealing with - and it's eventually revealed that Aleksei Sytsevich, the man who becomes the Rhino, is among them.
The Big Man is mentioned as a recurring criminal, who is later revealed to be Frederick Foswell. Interestingly, Foswell also wrote many articles on the his alter-ego, and noted that he disliked the name that the police gave him. He even mentions that he assembled "The Enforcers", which was something his comic counterpart did all the way back in 1964. He also mentions the Crime Master, another villain from that period of Spider-Man comics. He's then killed off while serving his sentence.
Donald Menken works at Oscorp, like his comic counterpart.
Spencer Smythe is mentioned for being responsible for creating a military flight harness and advances in robotics, which allude to the Vulture's wings and the Spider-Slayers, respectively. He also mentions that his son, Alistair Smythe, could take his job at the rate his engineering skills are developing. Indeed, he is forced to resign after the NYPD investigates Oscorp, and his son does take his position. Adrian Toomes also worked on the wings in question, and is not pleased when their development apparently falls apart.
Dr. Curtis Connors claims that the crimes he committed were not his own fault, but the fault of his insane Lizard persona. This is an excuse used by Connors in the comics. Anne Weying served as his defense attorney, and in the comics, she became She-Venom. He is eventually sent to Ryker's Island, a prison that is eventually used to contain supervillains - though officials from Ravencroft, a similar institution, claim that their prison is better suited for him. His wife is eventually interviewed after the trial, and she mentions their son.
One editorial from JJJ himself is entitled "Spider-Man: Threat Or Menace?" This same headline appeared as far back as 1981, and has been a recurring joke across many Marvel adaptations that feature the character.
The construction of hydroelectric towers is discussed semi-frequently, which are strongly implied to be blueprinted by Max Dillon (Electro), and their presence could also be alluding to Hydro-Man. These are seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Several of the citizens reported upon for "Spidey Sightings" allude to Spider-Man characters or characters from the whole Marvel Universe, though it's possible that they are coincidences. These include:
"Melissa B.", which may either be an allusion to a minor character from Ultimate Daredevil And Elektra, or (more likely) the mother of recurring Spider-Man character Tandy Bowen, better known as Dagger.
Flash Thompson also is included in one of these, geeking out over Spider-Man.
There is a robbery reported from the G.K. Mason Bank - which is a reference to a character that appears in the Superior Spider-Man series that was running at the same time that the blog update was posted. The writer behind the update gets bonus points for using the Goblin King's initials - which may also counts as foreshadowing towards the identity of the character. Furthermore, Stanley "Stan" Carter is an NYPD representative (as he was in The Spectacular Spider-Man) that looks into the incident, and in the comics, he became Sin-Eater. In addition, Herman Schultz (the Shocker) is the one behind the crime. Jean DeWolff expresses disgust with him upon his arrest.
A report by Joy Mercado features a GIF that zooms in on a white room in the Oscorp facility. A variant of this room is seen in a deleted (but plot-important) scene where Norman Osborn's head is preserved after his apparent death. Otto Octavius (the man who becomes Doctor Octopus) is mentioned as a scientist that Oscorp is in contact with.
Daniel "Fancy Dan" Brito, Jackson "Montana" Brice, and Raymond "The Ox" Bloch (The Enforcers) get into a conflict with relatives of Silvio Manfredi (known later as Silvermane) before Spider-Man gets involved and curbstomps the criminals, delivering his trademark insults as he did so.
The phrase "'Nuff said" is used on the page - a phrase that was commonly used in comics written by Stan Lee.
Fireheart Industries (originally known as Fireheart Enterprises in the comics) pays for repairs to Midtown Science High School. The CEO of that company, Thomas Fireheart, becomes the Puma.
Harry Osborn was sent to Europe to study, as he did in the comics, and Donald Menken prophetically mentioned that Harry is a little "green" when it comes to running Oscorp.
The Empire State University (which Peter is slated to attend) is apparently studying into the cloning process - and it's being taught by Miles Warren (Jackal). You should know what this means.
A gesture that Flash Thompson does at a basketball game is referred to as the "Spider-Signal" - which is one of Spider-Man's tools.
Fittingly enough, Eddie Brock reports on the arrest of Serial Killer Cletus Kasady - the former becomes Venom, and the latter Carnage.
Superhero Movie Villains Die: Averted. Villains in this series have a very good chance of surviving their films, most likely because Sony wants to make villain-based spin-offs, as well as the fact that Sony only has the rights to Spider-Man villains as opposed to the entirety of the Marvel Universe. The only (possible) exceptions may be Electro, who disappears but can regenerate, and Norman Osborn, who dies offscreen but is shown being preserved in a jar in a deleted scene. Avi Arad, the producer of this series, actually said that he wants to defy this trope.
Avi Arad: One of the things that's unique to Spider-Man... was that Spider-Man cannot destroy a villain. He cannot kill a villain. We'll never cross that line.
Put on a Bus: What tends to happen to villains instead. The Lizard reverts to Dr. Connors and is sent off to Ryker's Island, and while Electro disentegrates, it is established that he is able to regenerate.
Trilogy Creep: The main film series was announced as a trilogy, then had a fourth film added before the second was even finished. And then it was expanded into a hexalogy before the final trailer for the second movie was released, provided that you're counting spin-offs. Possibly inverted, as it seems possible that the movie series might be smaller than expected.
Villain Episode: The two spin-offs announced so far focus on members of Spider-Man's Rogues Gallery. These are notable in the sense that they're the first big-budget Superhero movies that star the villains of their franchise.