The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (also released as The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro in some markets) is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It is the fifth theatrical Spider-Man film produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, and is a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). The studio hired James Vanderbilt to write the screenplay and Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci to rewrite it. The film stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin / Harry Osborn, Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz as Peter's parents, and Sally Field as Aunt May, with the addition of a new cast including Paul Giamattias Rhino / Aleksei Sytsevich and Jamie Foxx as the primary antagonist, Electro / Max Dillon.
Development of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 began after the success of The Amazing Spider-Man. DeHaan, Giamatti, Jones, and Cooper were cast between December 2012 and February 2013. Filming took place in New York City from February to June 2013. The film was released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2, 2014, in the United States with two international premieres being held between March 31 & April 10, 2014. The film received mixed reviews, and although it grossed $709 million worldwide and became the eighth-highest-grossing film of 2014, it was the lowest-grossing film in the series. However, the film was declared a "hit" in the overseas markets with high openings and a wide cinematic release. The film subsequently won awards for its music composition and acting, notably one Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award and two ASCAP Awards.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was originally envisioned as the beginning of a shared fictional universe, which would have continued with two sequels and several spin-off films. Due to it performing below expectations, all subsequent installments were canceled and a new iteration of the character appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War, before he is scheduled to appear in his own film Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017.