In the U.S. we have to wait until May 2 to see Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but it opens next week, April 16, in the U.K.. Tuesday night, the first full screening of the film was held across the Atlantic and the reactions were all over the map. Most agreed the sequel, which stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field and others, is much better than the first. Some said it lived up to it’s title as “Amazing” while others felt it was a mess. Read a bunch of early buzz on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 below.
Here are a bunch of exit reaction tweets from the first U.K. screening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2:
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Terrible. Not so much a movie as a bunch of scenes, almost none of which are any good.
— olilyttelton (@olilyttelton) April 8, 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is better than The Amazing Spider-Man.
— Den Of Geek (@denofgeek) April 8, 2014
Really enjoyed Amazing Spider-Man 2. But make no mistake the real star of the show is Peter Parker. Spidey definitely plays second fiddle
— Dan Storey (@DapperDan) April 8, 2014
Really enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Garfield and Stone work well, Dehaan great as Green Goblin. Interested to see where it goes next
— Sam Batty (@sam_batty) April 8, 2014
Spider-Man 2 is ridiculously amazing! And proves my theory that you should never trust a man with a side parting #SpiderMan
— kate wills (@katewills) April 8, 2014
— Jamie Edwards (@MagicJamie) April 8, 2014
Just got out of the first ever screening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. People are going to love it. #SpiderMan
— Angus Wood (@AngusShould) April 8, 2014
Amazing #spiderman 2 was exactly that. Improved on the first movie in every way.
— Ned Hartley (@NedHartley) April 8, 2014
Amazing Spider-Man 2 was almost amazing. Far too much Avengers style world building and tone is all over the place but still V good
— Alex Boultwood (@Direlogue) April 8, 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would have been 1998's greatest blockbuster
— Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) April 8, 2014
Guys #spiderman 2 is fantastic. Admittedly I went in with low hopes and I'm so happy it's amazing.
— Mandy (@itsamandything) April 8, 2014
Just saw a private viewing of amazing spiderman 2. My mind is blown :O #spiderman
— cecilia collins (@cicicollins2000) April 8, 2014
It's a touch too long, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is still a strong sequel that delivers on spectacle and emotion.
— Ian Sandwell (@ian_sandwell) April 8, 2014
Really enjoyed The Amazing #SpiderMan 2. Andrew Garfield is fantastic. The closest comic book to screen Spidey so far.
— Craig Stevens (@craigstevens) April 8, 2014
The Amazing #SpiderMan 2 is so funny, so moving, and the chemistry between Peter and Gwen is incredible. Go see it!
— Holly Hewlett (@hollyhewlett) April 8, 2014
Amazing #Spiderman 2 is amazing. A couple of things annoyed the Spider-Man nerd in me but I loved it. Loved what they did with Harry Osborn
— Dan Seto (@dmseto) April 8, 2014
By gum, did I enjoy The Amazing Spider-Man 2. By gum, by gum, by gum!
— Jayne Nelson (@kakapojayne) April 8, 2014
Overall, those tweets seem pretty positive but then there’s that one tweet from a writer on The Playlist which combines all our worst fears.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2 in the U.S. and April 16 in the U.K. Here’s the official plot description:
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.