Do the words we hear when Connors is alone in his lair mean the Lizard has taken on a mind of its own is Talking to Themself? Or are we hearing Connors' Inner Monologue as he prepares his attack? Or is he really talking to someone else, namely the Man In The Shadows? Likewise, is the Lizard a full-on split personality, or is it always Connors but in a mentally unhinged state? The sequel does bring the shadow man again, which further brings the point if he's real or someone who mentally disturbed people such as Curt and Harry see.
A fairly minor example can be found towards the thief who killed Uncle Ben. Was his decision to throw Peter his milk a small Pet the Dog moment, or was he simply trying to bribe Peter into silence while he stole money from the register.
Uncle Ben himself. Was his death via confronting the thief a result of him heroically living up to the message of responsibility he earlier told Peter (as this version emphasizes that "one has to help others if they're able to", instead of "don't just look out for oneself"), or did he just recklessly get himself killed when it could have been easily avoided? See What an Idiot! below.
Captain Stacy's dying wish for Peter leave Gwen out of his adventures as Spider-Man is all the more pertinent considering her original fate in the main Marvel Universe, and becomes much, MUCH more horrible when Gwen meets the same fate in the sequel. Captain Stacy's ghost even appeared to Peter moments before it happened.
Michael Massee's death from stomach cancer in 2016 means the series would have had to do some major restructuring of its ongoing Myth Arc if it had succeeded past two films.
"You found my weakness, it's small knives!" is reminiscent of "A bullet came out of his gun somehow! How did he know my one weakness?" from these parodies of the Spider-Man newspaper strip floating around the Web since 2004.
Much laughter was had when the first leaked production photos were of the car thief scene, strangely involving Spidey and said car thief in... suggestive positions. Now we know that the crotch thing was deliberate.
Irrfan Khan plays Dr. Rajit Ratha, a colleague of Curt Connors who also knew Richard Parker. One of his previous roles? The starring role in Life of Pi, in which he is stranded on a boat with a tiger...named Richard Parker.
In the movie, Captain Stacy jokes about not being "the mayor of Tokyo" in response to Peter Parker's claim that Dr. Connors has turned into the giant lizard monster roaming around New York, in a Shout-Out to Godzilla. This movie's sequel and the 2014Godzillaremake ended up being direct box office competitors in the May of 2014.
Long before he was given the role of Captain Stacy, Denis Leary wrote a book called Why We Suck, which features a side-by-side photo comparison of him and Willem Dafoe, who played Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man film. Leary notes that people think the two look alike, and comments, "I apologize if every time I hear 'You were great in Spider-Man', he has to hear 'Why the fuck did you do Operation: Dumbo Drop?'"
It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The main complaint of film critics who didn't like the movie that it's too similar to Raimi's Spider-Man: the origin takes up the full first hour and then the film shifts gears to Spidey facing a crazy green villain and even ends with a funeral at a graveyard.
For some reason, Avi Arad, executive producer for the Spider-Man film franchise, tried to say that this film doesn't erase the previous films and can fit into the Raimi timeline. Some posters even referred to this movie as "The Untold Story". Anyone with so much as a functioning brain cell can see that this isn't the case and this film is indeed a reboot.
The focus on Peter's parents in the marketing, which is part of a Myth Arc that doesn't actually have much impact on this movie's plot.
Narm Charm: The crane scene. Some have compared it to the scene where New Yorkers throw garbage at the Green Goblin in the original Sam Raimi film.
Never Live It Down: One thing that, evidently, a lot of people can't get past is Peter's comment that promises you know you can't keep are the best kind, which hints that he'll continue dating Gwen regardless of what George Stacy told him while on his death bed. That it's literally the last thing said and done in the movie doesn't help.
One-Scene Wonder: Missy Kallenback, the nerdy girl with glasses who Peter protects from Flash. She literally only appears in two scenes, but it was enough to spawn her a fandom and a lot of Epileptic Trees. If only the credits had not named her, some would have theorized she was Carlie Cooper due to the strong resemblance.
Squick: Spidey accidentally pulling off Lizard's tail during the fight at the school. Then we're treated to a shot of the tail growing back...
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Dr. Curt Connors, because his development is pretty poorly handled, as he goes from being a nice guy to a villain for no reason other than he turned into a lizard back into a nice guy when he turns back to normal. What doesn't help is that the end credits scene suggested he might have a role in the sequels yet he wasn't mentioned once in The Amazing Spider Man 2 (and, considering the franchise got rebooted again, his character will never be used again, at least in this franchise)
Trailer Joke Decay: Spidey's quip about the small knives to the would-be carjacker since nearly every trailer and commercial have included this bit.
Gwen is this as well for some for knowing this and yet still encouraging Peter to break said promise to her own deceased father. Even so, these people still don't look forward to the inevitable consequence for this to befall Gwen.
Visual Effects of Awesome: One thing many agree on, the web swinging looks fantastic. The shot where Spidey is wrapping the Lizard in a great layer of webs is a tad... conspicuous, however.
What an Idiot!: Tragically, Uncle Ben shows us exactly why we shouldn't try to take the law into our own hands as we see him run and try to grab the thief's gun when the thief drops it. What you would expect is instead for Uncle Ben to stay clear and alert the authorities seeing that the situation didn't concern him enough to be involved much in any way. Many have pointed out that this minimizes Peter's responsibility in the death, as whereas in other versions Uncle Ben is a total victim, here he makes an informed choice that gets him killed.
WTH, Casting Agency?: Casting a then 28-year-old man (Andrew Garfield), to play a highschool teenager falls here for some. Tobey Maguire was about the same age when he was cast and that is rarely brought up (probably because Maguire's Spider-Man was a teenager for only the first third of the first film and old enough to go to college in the subsequent films), but it doesn't exactly help Andrew's case either. However, it can be forgiven; does he reallylook like he's 28◊??
Don't like that Beenox altered the suit from the movie by adding a utility belt? The first time the player heads to Peter's apartment, they have the option of removing the belt from the suit, pleasing those who like both versions of the suit. Don't like either version of the suit and wish it was the one from the previous trilogy? That one's unlockable too (in both "classic" and "black" versions).
The Wii nor 3DS got the Wide Open Sandbox that was on the other versions, and most sources didn't really bother to point out the Wii version didn't have the Sandbox world. Around March, a Wii U version was released with the entire Wide Open Sandbox and DLC packs already in the game.
The change in the suit from the one in the movie, with Beenox adding a utility belt to the ensemble. Resulted in the Author's Saving Throw mentioned above.
Harsher in Hindsight: In interviews promoting the game, Beenox pointed out they needed to get the film's producers approval on what elements & characters they used & referred to in the game, to avoid using anything planned for future films as the game was supposed to be canon to the film. The Amazing Spider Man 2 wound up using Rhino, Felicia Hardy and Alistair Smythe in the film, completely contradicting the use of those characters in the game.
Stan Lee being a playable character with all the powers of Spider-Man is this when you consider that in the 2014 film Big Hero 6. Stan Lee cameos at the end of the movie, revealed to be an retired Superhero.
The inclusion of the costume from the previous trilogy as an unlockable extra became this, after the first shots of Spidey's costume from Amazing Spider-Man 2 revealed... that it's more or less replaced the costume from the first film.note "More or less," because the eyepieces & the Spider insignia on the chest are different, and the webbing is black instead of the silver on the Raimi suit.
WTH, Casting Agency?: Sam Riegel as Spider-Man instead of Andrew Garfield since Tobey Maguire voiced Spidey in the three tie-in games based on the trilogy he starred in. Note that some are noting that Riegel would actually make a rather good Spider-Man, if he wasn't standing in for the star of the movie. There's another camp who questioned why they didn't have fan favorite Spidey voice actor JoshKeaton to reprise the role.