Spider-Man swings back to big screen, trapped in web of love

Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:13am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spider-Man is having a blast, swinging, somersaulting and wise-cracking his way around the skyscrapers and streets of New York, trouncing bullies and fighting crime.

Being Peter Parker however is much more difficult, especially when it comes to love. And it's Peter's conflicted, earth-bound romance with teen girlfriend Gwen Stacy that drives "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," opening in U.S. movie theaters on Friday. The film has already made $132 million at the international box office.

"I didn't know how big a deal the love story aspect would be. But it is. It is the heart of Peter and the heart of his story," said British-American actor Andrew Garfield, who dons the iconic super-hero's blue and red suit for a second time.

"It's his Kryptonite. Love - his desire to be an ordinary guy connected to a woman, a loved one - is a really big yearning for Peter that he struggles with in terms of the sacrifice he has to make as Spider-Man," the actor told Reuters.

Columbia Pictures' "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" reunites Garfield with Emma Stone as Gwen and director Marc Webb in another action-packed tale of the Marvel comic book crime fighter.

This time, Peter re-connects with old school chum Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and takes on some of his most formidable foes - Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Harry's villainous alter-ego the Green Goblin - in his mission to protect New York from the evil designs of powerful conglomerate Oscorp.

"Spider-Man is really good at being Spider-Man," Webb said. "In the last movie he was learning the ropes, and this time he has really embraced that part of himself."


Actress Emma Stone arrives at the world premiere of The Amazing Spiderman 2 in central London, April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris