Amazing Spider-Man 2 will have 5,000 villains

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The Amazing Spider-Man sequel is apparently going to have more villains than extras. There's Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as the Rhino — but that's not all.


Spoilers ahead...

Dane De Haan (Chronicle) is playing Harry Osborn in the film, and he's been rumored for a while to become the Green Goblin towards the end of the movie. And now, actor Felicity Jones — who everybody thought was playing the Black Cat — has revealed whom she's actually playing in the film. And it's... another villain. She says:

It’s all quite shrouded in secrecy, but I’m the Goblin’s girlfriend - I’m in a relationship with him, and his accomplice. I’m on the dark side.


The Playlist speculates that she's playing Lily Holister, the girlfriend of Harry Osborn who winds up becoming the supervillain Menace. (In the comics, Menace, too, winds up getting the Goblin serum and gets superpowers, terrorizing the city in her own right. But it seems quite likely this won't happen in the film.) So now you have three major villains, plus a fairly major villain accomplice. How many more baddies can they fit in one sequel?

Image via JoBlo. [View London via The Playlist]

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The thing about so many villains in a movie is strange - since that's exactly how every graphic novel is. But - and here's the hidden formula I think - the comics dont have an origin story every single issue. Could you imagine that crap?

And it's because in the comics villains come and go. The Penguin is always a panel away in Batman because he owns a popular nightclub and that's totally normal in this made up world. A STORY can go anywhere in said world, so villains pop up all over the place. Ever read The Long Halloween? I mean, GEEZ.

You wanna know why The Dark Knight worked with "so many villains"? How many origin stories did it have?


And it took the WHOLE movie.

Scarecrow - already established, and even in Batman Begins, he just sorta shows up and gasses Falcone. No origin there.

Joker - like the shark in Jaws. Such an enigmatic background was central to his character and provided some of the most memorable lines in the film. (Wanna know how I got these scars?) All of those stories were fake, of course, because the Joker prefers to have his background remain "multiple choice."

Maroni - mobster. No introduction.

(Keep going back, what about the other films? Scarecrow, Ras, Bane, Catwoman - nope. Literally no origin among them. Ras a little backstory, but nothing else.)

If you wanna fix the movies, just stop doing origins of the villains.