The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The web-slinging superhero returns to fight more crime in New York City in this sequel

Apr 29, 2014 | By Kelli Plasket

The Spider-Man saga continues this summer with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Rated PG-13 (for scenes of science-fiction action/violence)

Release Date: May 2 (in theaters and 3D)

Directed by Marc Webb

Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHann

New York City’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man got a big-screen makeover in 2012. Columbia Pictures launched a new series that started fresh from the 2002-2007 Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire. The new series, starring Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, gives a new spin on teenager Peter Parker’s journey to becoming the crime-fighting hero with the spider-like powers of wall crawling and web slinging.

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter is coming into his own as Spider-Man and enjoying his role as a symbol for hope in a crime-ridden New York City. But he soon faces difficult challenges, including powerful new villains targeting Spider-Man, unanswered questions about his late parents, the return of childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) with a difficult request, and worries about his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone). Will Spider-Man still be able to save the day—and the city?

Did You Know?

Spider-Man got his origins as a comic book superhero. He first appeared in 1963 in Marvel Comics’ Amazing Fantasy #15. A rare copy of the comic sold for more than $1 million at auction in 2011. Since then, the relatable superhero has inspired millions of kids, including his newest portrayer, Andrew Garfield, who dressed up as Spider-Man for Halloween at age 3. “He was so important to me [as a kid] because he always stood up to bullies,” Garfield told TFK Kid Reporter Grace Clark. “He was a symbol of protection.”

Click here to read a Q&A with Andrew Garfield, who plays Spider-Man.