Yesterday, Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, announced that release dates have been set for a third and fourth instalments in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is still filming, Sony has the third film set for June 10, 2016 and the fourth on May 4, 2018. For those of you playing at home, that means a new Spider-Man film every other year for the next five years (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released May 2, 2014). Clearly, Sony has a lot of faith in the franchise’s potential. Whether Marc Webb will remain at the helm remains to be seen, but the assumption is that Andrew Garfield will continue to play Peter Parker.
This announcement sheds a new light on several other recent revelations about the villains of the film. It has been confirmed that Colm Feore will be playing Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. The Vulture, and that Chris Cooper‘s Norman Osborn will be suiting up as the Green Goblin. With Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as Rhino, this means there will be four villains featured in the film, and it is said that they will be forming the core of a future Sinister Six. One can only hope we will get to see the full gang on screen in the third and fourth films, although we also hope Webb has a better handle on so many villains than Sam Raimi did in Spider-Man 3.
Meanwhile, in the comic world a new Spider-Man graphic novel has been announced that promises quite the interesting new character: Teresa Parker, Peter’s long-lost sister. Spider-Man: Family Business is written by Marc Waid and James Robinson, with Gabriele Dell’Otto doing the art. Waid spoke to USA Today about the upcoming story:
The story is moving at such a breakneck speed that there’s not much of a chance to catch a breath. [Peter] has every reason to be skeptical about who this woman is and who she says she is. …[Teresa] is the anti-Peter. She’s got it all together, she’s smooth as silk. She’s Modesty Blaise.
It really is a focus on Peter drafted into the spy James Bond-ish, super-secret-agent life that his parents left. It’s always fun to put Peter Parker in situations where he’s in over his head.
It seems very bizarre to him that Aunt May never mentioned anything about this woman, who’s about his age and the resemblance is there… Peter wants to try to figure out what this mystery is all about but basically they’re running from a crime syndicate out to kill them both throughout the novel, so there’s not a whole lot of time for Spider-Man to sit and relax and slowly suss this out.
Sounds like this novel will be giving us a never-before-seen insight into Peter’s past. Whether Teresa really is Peter’s sister and whether she has or will gain superpowers of any kind remains to be seen.
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