While The Amazing Spider-Man was a serviceable reboot of a franchise that really didn’t need a reboot (despite Spider-Man 3, well, you know, being horrible), it wasn’t exactly a film that earned a top spot in the canon of superhero films.  That said, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone both aced their roles with humor and loads of chemistry, so much so that a sequel, free from the confines of origin story hell, might actually be able to shine.  Hence, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (actually, they’re only making it because the first one made money, but still).  And now, the film is almost ready to move in production, with Garfield recently discussing his hopes for the franchise’s future.

In a recent interview with E! (via Coming Soon), Garfield discussed his excitement about working on a Spider-Man film that won’t be mired in an origin story that was already told 10 years ago in Sam Raimi’s first Spidey flick, as well as discussing his hopes for the character’s arc:

“I feel really excited, I feel like we got over a hump with our first one…We had to reinstate the character, and we had to reinvigorate an audience to the character. And I hope to bring more of this theme—the theme of the orphan. I wanna keep exploring that theme of being fatherless, being motherless, searching for purpose and finding a purpose within himself, being a self-made man, I guess.” 

Moreover, he took pains to explain how serious he is about his portrayal of a teenager that wears red and blue spandex and fights giant lizards:

“It is a responsibility to play that role, and I don’t take it lightly. I think there’s so much to explore with that mythology and within the tension between living a double life, struggling with being good, struggling with choosing good behavior over bad behavior, with the pressures of a city on your shoulders.”

The actor also confirmed that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to begin production in February of 2013.  While the plot remains unknown, so far it is known that the character Mary Jane Watson has been cast and will have a small role in the film, with an expanded role in the third film.  Moreover, rumors continue to swirl that Jamie Foxx will portray the villain Electro, who can generate and conduct up to one million volts of electricity with his body.  Which, yes, is kind of dumb, but it’s better than a nine-foot tall lizard with a British accent dead-set on gassing all of New York, right?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for a May 2, 2014 release.

What do you think of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 news?