We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen Stacy. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend Harry Osborn returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
As the film begins, scientist Richard Parker records a video message to explain his disappearance. Later, he and his wife, Mary, are aboard a private jet hijacked by a man sent to assassinate Richard, and the plane crashes. In the present, Richard’s son Peter continues to fight crime as Spider-Man. Peter meets Gwen at their high school graduation ceremony, but insists he needs to keep his vow to her father and ends their relationship. Peter’s childhood friend Harry Osborn returns to Manhattan to see his terminally ill father Norman, CEO of Oscorp. Norman explains his illness is hereditary, and Harry is at the age where it first develops. Norman gives Harry a small device he claims contains his life’s work. The next day, Norman dies and Harry is appointed the new Oscorp CEO. While tending to some maintenance in an Oscorp laboratory, Max Dillon falls into a tank of genetically modified electric eels. They attack him, and he mutates into a living electric generator, becoming Electro. From there he plot thickens, congeals, and explodes with humor and tragedy aplenty for 2 hours, 20 minutes.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, an orphaned teenage boy who received amazing spider-powers after being bitten by a genetically altered spider; Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, a high school student and Peter’s love interest; Jamie Foxx as Electro/Max Dillon, an electrical engineer who works for Oscorp Industries; Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin/Harry Osborn, an old friend of Peter and son of Norman Osborn; Colm Feore as Donald Menken, a member of the Oscorp board; Felicity Jones as Felicia, Harry’s assistant; Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, a Russian mobster; Sally Field as Aunt May, Peter’s aunt; Embeth Davidtz as Mary Parker; Campbell Scott as Richard Parker; Marton Csokas as Dr. Ashley Kafka, the head of Ravencroft Institute; Louis Cancelmi as Man in Black Suit; Max Charles as Young Peter Parker; Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, the president of Oscorp and Harry Osborn’s father; B. J. Novak as Alistair Smythe; Denis Leary as George Stacy; and Spider-Man co-creator (along with Steve Ditko) Stan Lee has a cameo appearance.