Look out! Here comes the "Spider-Man" sequel.
The (rebooted) story of Peter Parker is finally set to continue, as star Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb have officially signed on for the sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
There was little doubt that Garfield would be returning to the role of the wall-crawler, but there seemed to be a possible snafu in Webb returning to the director's chair for a little while. That seems to have all been worked out, much to the relief of Sony Pictures (and, no doubt, fans of the director's unobtrusive yet surefooted approach to retelling an origin story that's been told a dozen times before).
“We could not be more confident in the direction we are taking this new Spider-Man storyline, and we are tremendously excited to be ramping up production again with Marc at the helm and Andrew continuing on as Peter Parker," Columbia president Doug Belgrad said. "We can’t wait to share what we have in store for Peter and Spider-Man with audiences worldwide.”
Emma Stone is currently in negotiations to reprise her role as Gwen Stacy, though there's no doubt in our minds that she'll be signing on the dotted line. We've got to see if her Gwen is headed for the same tragic fate as her comic book counterpart.
So, let the speculations begin! Who will be our villain(s) this time around? We wouldn't be surprised if the Green Goblin made an appearance (Norman Osborn was mentioned more than once in "The Amazing Spider-Man"), though our money's also on a bad guy that never appeared in the Sam Raimi movies. Rhino? Vulture? Or, perhaps best of all ... Mysterio? As long as it's not Man-Wolf, we'll be happy with whoever it is.
How about the title? "The Spectacular Spider-Man" seems to be a likely candidate. "Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man" might be a little too goofy. "Ultimate Spider-Man" they'll probably want to save for the very last outing.
What do you think?
The sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man" will commence with production early next year with a look toward a release date of May 2, 2014 (take that, Marvel Films!).