New costume on the left
Note in particular the eyes on the costume. I think with the first film being an origin, the costume was meant to look more homemade and amateurish. Presumably in the sequel Spider-Man will be an established hero who's had a little more time to work on his outfit. I love the new look, a lot closer to the comic version. Definitely more of a "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man", one who looks like he could crack a joke as he's cracking bad guys' bones rather than looking angry and angsty.
Shailene Woodley with red hair for her role as Mary Jane Watson
Also released this week were some off-set photos of Shailene Woodley with red hair for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson. Woodley had previously garnered attention for her role in 'The Descendants'. I know what you're thinking, "I thought Mary Jane was supposed to be some model knockout!". Relax, the paps just caught Shailene on an off day. She cleans up quite nicely:
But you can get an idea of how she'll look in the movie. I just wonder what they'll do with her character. Will Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy break up so soon after the first film? Will something happen to Gwen?! We'll have to wait and see.
Also confirmed for the cast, is British actress Felicity Jones. At this point it's only speculation as to which role she'll play, but rumor has it she'll play Felicia Hardy, friend of Peter's who eventually becomes the Black Cat. Whether the Cat will show up in the movie or just Felicia is also up in the air. As a villain/anti-hero/ love interest of Spidey, adding her to the mix in this film could make for a little too much of a tangled web.
Felicity Jones as Felicia Hardy?
The Black Cat
Also joining the cast as a new character is Dane DeHann, who was excellent as the main character in 'Chronicle'. He'll play the role of Harry Osborn, who had been portrayed in the original franchise by James Franco. We know he eventually becomes a villain, but was first Peter's friend. I can't imagine he'll be anything more than that in this film.
Dane DeHann as Harry Osborn
With all of these new characters being introduced as well as Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti, already announced as the villains, it's clear the producers are already setting up for a third film.
I like the casting choices, love the new costume. It'll be interesting to hear what the real plot of this film will be as production moves further along towards its release in 2014. I just hope we don't end up with a jumbled mess of tangential plotlines and too many villains like the third Raimi film.