The final battle between the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) was filmed in an actual clock tower where temperatures would reach 115 degrees. DeHaan had to wear 3 1/2 hours worth of prosthetics and make up, as well as his goblin costume, which weighed 50 lbs and couldn't be opened without power tools. After DeHaan lost 7 lbs in a single day, the film's medic was so concerned that DeHaan would get heat stroke, that crew members were told to pour buckets of ice on DeHaan's head and down his suit between takes. Unfortunately, this didn't work because his body temperature was so high that the ice would melt and turn into steam before he could feel the effects of the ice. Eventually, a tubing system that would pump cold water was installed in the goblin suit so that the cooler temperatures could reach DeHaan's body.
Shailene Woodley was cast as Mary-Jane Watson, and even filmed scenes. But her role was cut from the film because the filmmakers felt there were too many characters and wanted to streamline the series, and have Gwen Stacy be the only love interest for the rest of the series.
Three Spider-Man villains have minor roles in the movie. A female Oscorp employee named Felicia Hardy, who is also known as Black Cat, a cat burglar and occasionally a love interest of Spider-Man. Allister Smythe also makes a brief appearance. In the comics, he builds the Spider Slayers, robots built to hunt Spider-Man, and eventually becomes the Spider Slayer. Aleksei Sytsevich makes a minor appearance as the Rhino at the end of the movie.
Two display cases in Oscorp feature a set of metal wings, and an exoskeleton holding four arms. These are homages to Spider-Man's antagonists the Vulture (Adrian Toomes) and Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius).
The film's mid-credits scene teases X-Men: Days of Future Past, produced by 20th Century Fox, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is produced by Sony/Columbia Pictures. This is because the director Marc Webb has a contract with Fox to make another film for them after the first Amazing Spider-Man movie, but instead of doing so, he signed to do this movie. This was allowed by Fox if Sony would agree to promote their next X-Men movie for free.
When asked whether or not Gwen Stacy would survive in this film, Marc Webb commented: "There are times where we feel obligated to follow the source material, and there are times where we feel the need to deviate from it, and besides, Emma Stone is a very talented actress, and we like having her around."
Shortly after the film was released in theaters, a petition was started on for a longer director's cut of the film, which would help fix the film's plot-holes and add in the more violent and disturbing scenes which were trimmed to get a PG-13 rating. The petition reached over four thousand signatures in three days.
The film's portrayal of the Rhino combines aspects from the comics of the Rhino from the mainstream universe (the Rhino's real name Aleksei Sytsevich and background) and Ultimate universe (where instead of gaining superpowers or wearing a normal suit, he pilots a Rhino-themed exo suit similar to Iron Man).
Felicity Jones's role was significantly cut down due to time constraints. In an interview, Jones stated that she would be an ally to Harry Osborn/Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and at one point, even let it slip that she was playing "the Goblin's girlfriend". Though a small scene showing her alliance to Harry was in the final cut, scenes that implied that there were romantic feelings between the two characters were cut from the film.
The kid that Spider-Man saves from bullies and meets again at the end of the film is called the same name Jorge because the child actor, Jorge Vega, has difficulty in responding to instructions with other names.
During the scene where Spider-Man swings and maneuvers through a dark alley, a brief shot of a yellow pair of pants with a red stripe on them can be seen hanging from a clothesline.. In comics, one of Spidey's villains, Shocker, wears an exact pair as the one seen in the film.
Several lines featured in the trailers do not appear in the film, including Peter saying "You know what I love about being Spider-Man? Everything." and Harry telling Peter "Oscorp has got you under surveillance."
When asked the relationship between Peter and Gwen, Emma Stone told Total Film that: "She [Gwen] saves him [Peter] more than he saves her. She's incredibly helpful to Spider-Man... He's the muscle, she's the brains."
As was done with Captain America in his second on-screen appearance for the movie "The Avengers", Spider-Man's costume for this film is tailored to resemble his original costume from the comic books, when the character was first introduced. The costume for this film includes the original color patterns for Spidey's hands and feet and the large white eyepieces (which have not been done in any major motion picture about Spider-Man. Each time, the costume eyes were thin, clear colored frames.) The only differences from the costume for this film and the very first Spider-Man costume are the Spider insignia on his back and the lack of Web "wings" beneath his arms.
When the reporter is interviewing two bystanders after Spider-Man's first battle with Electro, they speculate how they thought Spider-Man defeated him (by wearing a rubber/neoprene suit). This references the first appearance of Electro in the comics where he is defeated after Spider-Man actually does makes a rubber suit to protect himself.
Marc Webb had a two-picture contract with Twentieth Century Fox, which he partially fulfilled by directing (500) Days of Summer (2009). The second feature would have conflicted with his schedule for directing this film. To be released from that obligation long enough to shoot this film, Webb had to agree to extend that contract to three pictures.
The cartoon "Spider-Man" theme is heard in the film. This makes "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012) the only Spider-Man film where the cartoon theme is not heard or implied. The cartoon theme song can be heard from Spider-Man's whistling and his cell phone.
Harry Osborn is actually never called Green Goblin. Max Dillion calls himself Electro after the Times Square scene, and Aleksei Sytsevich isn't called Rhino until the end of the film where he calls himself "The Rhino".
Paul Giamatti loved the Russian accent he used for Aleksei Sytsevich: "He's a Russian mobster. Russians are always good villains. My accent is pretty hammy. It seemed to me like an opportunity to be as over-the-top hammy as possible. It was really fun."
Director Marc Webb chose to shoot on 35mm film instead of the digital Red Epic cameras the original was shot with. While it is relatively common for franchise films to shoot on film and transition to digital for sequels as digital cinematography and 3D has become more commonplace (e.g. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Skyfall (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)) this is a rare example of a franchise switching to film after being shot on digital.
The first major Hollywood production since Away We Go to utilize extensive green film-making initiatives to reduce CO2 emission. Instances include: Mark Friedberg and his production team mostly built sets from 49 tons of salvaged and donated material; Effects like smoke and snow are water based and bio-degradable. Most of the clothing material and textiles used in film were either donated or salvaged and it is cleaned with detergent and cold water. Subtle Eco-friendly messages were placed throughout, notably the wind-power project that Spiderman fixes for the kid Jorge. It is the first film to gain Sony's own "A Greener World" label at the end credits.
Part of the reason the movie is shot in film instead of digital is due to cinematographer Daniel Mindel: he is one of the cinematographers who are exponents of shooting in film rather than digital. As a condition, Mindel told the producers that if the film was to be shot in digital or in Super 35, then he wasn't the right man for the job.
Richard Parkers secret lab Roosevelt is actually based on Track 61 built under the Waldorf Astoria. The track was solely used by the White House to hide the fact the President Franklin Rooselvt needed the use of a wheel chair because he suffered from polio. This same tunnel was also the inspiration to a plot in The Taking of Pelham.
During the final battle with at the Oscorp power plant, after being knocked down by Electro, Spider-Man looks behind him to his left-directly at a Spider-Man logo painted on the wall. This is seen in at least one other occasion during the scene.
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman first worked together on 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995)(TV)', which was executive produced by previous Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. Kurtzman was himself portrayed on one episode by series regular Ted Raimi who also appeared in the previous Spider-Man films as Hoffman.
While looking up his father's meaning of Roosevelt, Peter sees an image of the Roosevelt Island Tramway. This was an important item used in Spider-Man (2002), which also featured elements from The Night Gwen Stacy Died story with Mary Jane Watson in place of Gwen.
In the beginning of the movie, Peter Parker struggles with seeing the ghost of Captain Stacy who is played by Denis Leary. Leary starred in Rescue Me (2004) where his character struggles with seeing the ghost of his cousin.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
According to the actors, the original Goblin vs. Spider-Man fight was longer and more violent, but had to be cut in order to keep the PG-13 rating. Things that were cut include a scene where the Goblin (Dane DeHaan) is conscious when Gwen dies and laughs at Peter as he cries over Gwen's body and a scene where Peter almost beats the Goblin to death after Gwen is killed.
Several scenes involving Dane DeHaan were cut due to the disturbing and intense nature of the scenes. These include: Harry drinking and speeding while the girl he is on a date with begs him to slow down. Several scenes in which Felicia and Harry bond and romantic feelings between the two are implied. An extended version of Harry's transformation into the Green Goblin, including his teeth growing and shattering, and his nails growing into claws. The Green Goblin showing himself to Felicia, who is in the building during the transformation, and sparing her life. In this scene, the Goblin kills Menken, and proceeds to destroy the Oscorp building. The Goblin cutting the web that Gwen is holding on to, which leads to her death. Alternate versions of Gwen's death also included the Goblin fatally stabbing her, and breaking her neck with his bare hands.
Towards the end of the film, Gwen Stacy wears a mint colored coat and a purple skirt, this is a reference to the controversial "Night That Gwen Stacy Died" story arc in the comics where she wore a very similar outfit.
The film's portrayal of Electro combines the classic Marvel Comics character (mild Maxwell Dillon, who acquires superpowers in an accident and goes insanely villainous) with the Marvel "Ultimate" character (a leather-clad supervillain).
There were several different endings filmed, including one where the Goblin (Dane DeHaan) snaps Gwen's neck with his bare hands. But this was deemed too violent for a PG-13 rating. A version where the Goblin fatally stabs Gwen was also filmed. Ultimately, both were cut and replaced with the version that is seen in the film, which closely resembles the comic book version of the events
When Gwen and Peter discuss going to England together, prior to the big Electro battle, Peter mentions that England has Jack the Ripper. This is actually somewhat appropriate, as if the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon had continued into a sixth season, it was going to feature Carnage in Victorian-era England impersonating Jack the Ripper, according to interviews with the cartoon crew.