NEW YORK - The world of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is larger than life, and it contains some serious web-slinging scientific action.
From modern laboratories to genetic engineering, the new "Spider-Man" movie is packed full of extreme, cutting edge and mostly fictional science. The newest sequel in the comic book franchise, due for release nationwide on May 2, may not be very realistic, but it does draw on some real-life science that researchers use today.
"Science and technology in this universe is the same kind of thing that magic does in 'Harry Potter,'" Marc Webb, the director of the film, said during a press event here in Manhattan on April 27. "It's what allows you to access the subconscious. It's a little bit absurd, and it's a little bit surreal, but it's not meant to be realistic. It's meant as a way to crack the world open and reveal parts of ourselves and the surreal, mystical parts of storytelling that you need to access." (Real or Fake? 8 Bizarre Animal Hybrids)
Here are four things every science geek should look out for in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2": (Warning: This story does not contain spoilers, but some aspects of the film's plot are discussed.)