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Emma Stone personally wrote Gwen's graduation speech.
Early on in the film, Max Dillon has a birthday cake in his fridge that is white with green icing and yellow lightning bolts. This is an homage to the original Electro suit from the comics.
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.
While filming Peter and Gwen's first reunion after their break up, Andrew Garfield's heel was run over by a taxi.
This is the first "Spider-Man" film to be filmed entirely in New York, and the largest film production ever in New York City.
The dog that Gwen walks while Peter spies on her from a rooftop, was adopted by Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in 2013.
Dr. Kafka, who experiments with Electro at Ravencroft, is an alter ego of the comic book villain The Chameleon.
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.
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.
When 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. This is the costume of comic book villain Shocker.
When this Sony (Columbia) film was shown in cinema (but not on the video release), an ad for Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), produced by 20th Century Fox, showed up midway through the credits. Director Marc Webb violated a contract with Fox to make a film for them after The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) in order to return to Sony for this franchise. Thus Sony had to agree to promote Fox's X-Men movie for free.
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 the reporter is interviewing two bystanders after Spider-Man's first battle with Electro, they speculate that Spider-Man defeated him by wearing a rubber/neoprene suit, which is how Spider-Man first defeated Electro in the comic book.
Chris Cooper who plays Norman Osborn in "Amazing Spider-Man 2" had been considered for the role of Doctor Otto "Octopus" Octavius in Spider-Man 2 (2004).
When asked about Gwen's relationship to Peter, Emma Stone told Total Film that: "She saves him more than he saves her. She's incredibly helpful to Spider-Man. He's the muscle, she's the brains."
At 142 minutes, this is longer than any previous Spider-Man film.
As was done with Captain America in the transition from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) to The Avengers (2012), Spider-Man's costume for this film is tailored to resemble his original costume from the comic books, when the character was first introduced. After The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) was criticized by fans for its inaccurate costume, the wardrobe 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.
The character Jorge has the same name as the child actor who plays him - Jorge Vega - because he was having difficulty in responding to instructions with other names.
When Spider-Man and Electro fling one another at the climactic fight, the heavy bass version of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," a running gag in this series, can be heard when the electric nodes are hit.
This is the first Spider-Man film to not feature any new footage of Uncle Ben. He does appear in the film but only in stock footage in the beginning, taken from The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
In August 2011, eleven months before the release of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Sony announced the release date for this sequel.
The Theme From Spider-Man (1967) is played repeatedly as Peter's cell phone ring. This makes The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) the only Spider-Man film where the cartoon theme song is not heard or quoted from.
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.
Filmed entirely in New York State, making it the largest movie to ever be filmed in the state.
In the film, Peter remarks what J. Jonah Jameson pays him is fair...for 1961. That was the year before Amazing Fantasy #15 (the comic issue that first introduced Spider-Man) was released.
Jamie Foxx wore 21 thin silicone facial prosthetics, which works better than foam when it comes to mimicking skin.
When Peter offers to accompany Gwen to England, he says might catch Jack the Ripper. This was the premise of a story written for the never-produced 6th season of the Spider-Man (1994) cartoon.
The first Spider-Man film to not be released the same year as a Bourne film. This pattern began in 2002 with the release of both Spider-Man (2002) and The Bourne Identity (2002). Then, Spider-Man 2 (2004) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004) were released in 2004. In 2007, Spider-Man 3 (2007) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) were released to conclude both series's trilogies. Even more interesting, their reboots, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Bourne Legacy (2012) were both released in 2012.
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."
When Spider-Man comes out of the alleyway, the background behind him shows the moon and the cloud, which resembles Mysterio because the moon is his helmet and the the cloud is his cape.
When discussing the sequel, director Marc Webb explained he "wanted to create a universe that can withstand and anticipate future story lines while also working in and of itself for one movie."
To promote this film, Jamie Foxx briefly changed his Twitter user-name to "Electro".
When Peter interrupts Gwen on her way to her final interview for Oxford, upon realising where they are, Peter's rambling to the receptionist was improvised several times by Andrew Garfield, and the producers and director chose their favourite version from among all the takes that were recorded.
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 bridge with the webbed message "I love you" was constructed fully digitally due to the bridge being covered with a tarp on the day of filming.
The first major Hollywood production since Away We Go (2009) 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 Spider-man fixes for the kid Jorge. It is the first film to gain Sony's own "A Greener World" label at the end credits.
For the scene where Peter tries to change out of his Spidey costume before Aunt May enters, the shot where the boot hits the remote control (unlocking the door) was attempted several times but never worked out right. As a result, the crew decided to do it digitally.
Jane Levy and Kristen Stewart were both considered for the role of Mary Jane, before the character was dropped from the story.
A black poster with The Ramones logo can be seen in Peter's room. The Ramones recorded a well known punk version of The Theme From Spider-Man (1967).
Part of the reason the movie is shot in film instead of digital is due to cinematographer Daniel Mindel: he is one of a group of cinematographers who are proponents of shooting on 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.
Due to the criticism surrounding Spider-Man's suit used in the first film The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), the one used in this movie was designed to resemble its original comic book counterpart.
The humorously hateful news boss J. Jonah Jameson, one of the most important characters in Spider-man's mythos, was never mentioned in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). In this sequel he is spoken of frequently but never appears. Reportedly the producers are holding off on depicting this character until they find an actor whom they believe will not generate negative comparisons to J.K. Simmons. The latter's iconic portrayal of Jameson opposite the Tobey Maguire version of Spider-man is seen as very hard to top. Stan Lee, the writer who came up with the idea for these characters and makes cameo appearances in all the films, has often said he would volunteer to play Jameson if he (Lee) were 30 or 40 years younger.
To get Electro's look right, the FX team studied electrical phenomena.
While filming the scene in which Peter and Harry catch-up, some newspapers mistook the two actors' chemistry for real life bonding on set.
Jamie Foxx is the first African-American to play a villain in the Spider-man films.
During the scene when Harry accesses his father's archive you can see files named "Ravencroft", "Dr.Connors", "Dr.Morbius" and "Venom Storage 7U" which are all references to the Marvel comics universe.
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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.
During the act towards the end of the feature, a police car in shot can be seen with the car number '1701', the registration of _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv')s USS Enterprise. 'Alex Kurtzmann (I)' and Roberto Orci were writers of the Star Trek (2009) reboot.
Both Andrew Garfield and Felicity Jones have starred in Doctor Who (2005). Rhys Ifans, villain of the preceding installment The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), was considered to play The Eleventh Doctor, a role which eventually went to Garfield's close friend Matt Smith.
Rochester, NY was the shooting location for the car chase at the beginning of the film. Rochester is the home of Kodak, the brand of film used for the movie.
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman first worked together on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995), which was executive produced by Spider-Man (2002) 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.
Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci claim that this is their final writing collaboration before going separate ways to pursue their own projects.
The soundtrack song Electro Mix by Alvin Risk and Hans Zimmer is heard briefly in the film, when Electro comes to regard Spider-man as an enemy. Its rhythm and meter are very to similar to the classic Dr. Seuss' epic poem for children, Green Eggs & Ham. The bit which is heard in the movie is particularly reminiscent of the iconic Green Eggs passage which reads: "That Sam-I-Am, that Sam-I-Am, I do not like that Sam-I-Am..."
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The host at Gwen and Peter's graduation managed to get the part after Andrew Garfield personally recommended the actor.
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"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is the third highest-grossing film in the Philippines of all time with over PHP 443 million (over USD 9.8 million) in box office revenue, behind "Iron Man 3" and Marvel's "The Avengers".
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Colm Feore's character Donald Menken is named as a tribute to Mad Men (2007). Donald (Don) Draper is the main protagonist of the series and Rachel Menken was his mistress in the first season. Donald Menken was 2nd in command at OsCorp in the comics and cartoons
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Gwen says to Spider-Man, "What are you, a caveman?" (She's suggesting he's a male chauvinist pig.) This may be a nod to Emma Stone's role in The Croods (2013) where she played a caveman's daughter.
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The name of classic Spider-man villain Dr. Kafka suggests Franz Kafka wrote the fable Die Verwandlung (The Transformation, usually called The Metamorphosis in English) about a young man completely transformed into an insect. Peter Parker is a young man partially transformed into an arachnid, so the connection is suitable.
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Cameo 

Stan Lee:  A guest at the graduation who sees Peter in his cap and gown but wearing the Spider-Man mask, says "I know that kid," as well he should since it was he who came up with the idea for the character.

Spoilers 

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.
During the scene where Gwen Stacy died, the clock tower's hand spin rapidly, landing on 01:21. Gwen Stacy is killed in The Amazing Spider-Man #121.
Despite Gwen Stacy dying in the film. Emma Stone is signed on to do at least two more films.
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.
The final battle between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man was filmed in an actual clock tower where temperatures would reach 115 degrees. Dane DeHaan had to wear prosthetics and make up requiring 3 1/2 hours of application 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 cooling effects. 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.
When Spider-Man ties Gwen's hand to the cop car hood with a web and swings away, Gwen yells "Peter!" after him and covers her mouth with her hand. This was a genuine mistake by Emma Stone, who was supposed to say Spider-man not Peter, and covering her mouth at the mistake was the genuine reaction of the actress, not the character. Director Marc Webb called it a happy accident and left it in because it was so well performed that it did not break character.
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.
Three Spider-Man villains have cameo roles in the movie: a female Oscorp employee named Felicia Hardy, a burglar known as Black Cat who is occasionally a love interest of Spider-Man, Allister Smythe, the Spider Slayer who makes an army of robots for the named purpose and Aleksei Sytsevich becomes The Rhino as shown 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 Green Goblin in the film is a combination of the mainstream (glider and armor) and the Ultimate (mutated).
Before being cast for the role, Paul Giamatti was asked, on Conan: Hell's Cul-de-sac (2011), what Spider-Man villain he would like to play one day, and his answer was The Rhino.
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."
The film's portrayal of Electro combines the classic Marvel Comics character (mild Maxwell Dillon, who acquires superpowers in an accident and goes insane) with the Marvel "Ultimate" character (a leather-clad supervillain).
The film's portrayal of the Rhino combines aspects from the comics of the Rhino from the mainstream universe (the back story of Aleksei Sytsevich) and Ultimate universe (where instead of gaining superpowers or wearing a normal suit, he pilots a Rhino-themed exo suit similar to Iron Man).
Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper are the first Oscar winners to portray Spider-Man villains. However, Cooper's Norman Osborne does not become a villain in this continuity although he did in the comic book.
The emotional performance Andrew Garfield delivered during Gwen's death scene was a genuine emotion due to the fact the two actors hadn't seen each other for a few days prior to the shoot. Producer Matthew Tolmach later revealed that Andrew sent a photo text on the day, remarking "I f****** hate you!"
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".
According to director Marc Webb, the deleted scene which involved Harry's teeth shattering during his Goblin transformation gave some children in the test audience nightmares.
Shailene Woodley, who filmed scenes as Mary Jane Watson before this character was cut from the film, can be seen briefly near the film's climax. She can be seen from behind during a shot inside a café just as Rhino prepares his attack and after Peter's listened to Gwen's graduation speech.
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
Following the mixed critical and audience reaction to the film, star Andrew Garfield revealed that the screen-story had undergone major rewrites and restructuring during production. The original script focused more on the relationship between Gwen Stacey and Peter Parker, as well as the evolution of Max Dillion into the psychotic Electro and Harry Osbourn's descent into madness. During production at the behest of Sony studios, the story underwent a major overhaul to introduce a number of additional characters from the Spider-Man mythos, including Rhino, Black Cat, Dr. Kafka, with allusions to Mysterio, Vulture, Dr. Octopus, and Kraven the Hunter, among others with the hopes of creating a line of spin-off films. For his part, Garfield himself expressed his own disappointment at the deviation from the original story.
The original plot outline by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman has the following differences from the film:
  • While the Mary Jane Watson sequences were shot but excluded from the final film, the script establishes Mary Jane as Peter's next door neighbor who has an alcoholic, abusive father, sports a Spider-man tattoo, works as a waitress, and builds motorcycles in her spare time. At one point Peter confronts her father to lay off her. When Gwen is planning to head to London, she gives a piece of dating advice to Mary Jane, telling her to date a nerd, hence signaling her go ahead and get Peter.


  • Max originally lives with his handicapped mother at home and once he returned home as Electro, he noticed that his mother was standing and got paid a hefty compensation by Oscorp. He gets angry and begins using his powers, which is what sets off his confrontation with the police in Times Square, not a weird moment where he just starts sucking on electrical wires for no reason.


  • J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson from the Daily Bugle were to appear in the film, but director Marc Webb had difficulty of finding an actor that can better J.K. Simmons' performance in the Sam Raimi Spider-man trilogy. In the script Peter is a student at Empire State University, bringing his first Spider-Man pictures to Jameson, who gives him a tour of the Daily Bugle. Jameson complains that the Internet is killing the newspaper business; later, Spidey and Electro's first fight send them crashing through the Daily Bugle offices and the printing presses.


  • Peter willingly gives his blood to help Harry. The Goblin suit is explained as something that was secretly built by Richard Parker for the crippled Norman Osborn. When Richard didn't give his blood to Norman, the suit was hidden in Norman's boathouse, only to be eventually found by Harry.


  • Rather than 7 months, as the time period of the film takes place, it instead plays out in 18 months. The second act of the film jumps one year later after the graduation scene, making Peter's forlorn attitude towards Gwen cute instead of creepy, and it establishes that they're in college. This makes Gwen's application to Oxford more logical.


  • Dr. Ratha from The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) was meant to reappear in this movie. Although his final scene in that movie left him in mortal peril, the writers insist that he survived that predicament. But Irrfan Khan was unavailable to reprise the role, so the character Donald Menken was introduced to engineer Harry's dismissal from Oscorp in Ratha's place. (Ratha was at one point intended to become the villain Proto-Goblin at some point in the series, but it is now doubtful that this will ever happen. So many different "Goblins" have already appeared in in the Spider-man movies that yet another one would seem redundant.)


  • Rhino and Jorge, the little kid, originally do not appear.


  • Gwen's death plays out similarly as in the finished film but while she's clinging on to her life, she tells Peter to never give up, echoing both an earlier talk she had with Mary Jane and George Stacy's dying words to Peter in the preceding film.


  • Instead of Peter watching Gwen's graduation video at the end, his father Richard turns up alive, saying that he had been watching over Peter all these years he was pretending to be dead, and convinces him to become Spider-man again. Richard says the film's final line, "With great power comes great responsibility", hence providing a nice way of reintroducing Spidey's catchphrase into the new series. A living Richard was likely nixed for being too saccharine and contrary to an essential tenet of Spider-man's mythos, i.e. that he must achieve manhood on his own without any living father figure.


Richard Parker's secret lab Roosevelt is based on Track 61 built under the Waldorf Astoria. The track was solely used by the White House to hide the fact the polio-suffering President Franklin D. Roosevelt needed the use of a wheel chair, as acknowledged in the film. This same tunnel was also the basis of the novel/movie The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974).
When Electro is cruelly interrogating Menken with cardiac arrest, Dane DeHaan impulsively started to whistle the Jeopardy! (1984) theme. Producer Matthew Tolmach decided this was in character for the maddened Harry and was too good to remove or record over, therefore decided to pay the copyright fee for its use.
Gwen's death happens 121 minutes into the film. In the first series of comic books Gwen dies in issue 121.
For the deleted scene, 'Peter Meets His Father', Andrew Garfield refused to rehearse the scene beforehand or even see/speak to Campbell Scott in order to generate a genuine emotional response when they first lay eyes on each other.
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 featured Mary Jane Watson narrowly surviving the same trap that kills Gwen in this movie.
This is the first Spider-Man movie where Spider-Man fights a criminal (Alexei) before he becomes a costumed villain (The Rhino).
When Aleksei is first defeated by Spider-man, his underpants garment has rhino pictures all over it, anticipating his appearance as The Rhino at the end of the film.
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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.
Stan Lee, the founder of Marvel Comics, appeared as the old man who spotted Spider-Man removing his mask at the graduation ceremony saying "I know that guy". He also appeared in the Amazing Spider-Man 1 and other Marvel movies.

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