‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Ominous TV spot hints at Gwen Stacy’s fate

April 14, 2014 | 12:47 p.m.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ director Marc Webb has suggested that Andrew Garfield’s heroic Peter Parker will be tested as never before in the upcoming Sony sequel set to open May 2.

But a new TV spot for the film sure does seem to intimate that it’s Peter’s relationship with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy that will be specifically affected by the events unfolding in the anticipated sequel, written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. Fans in the know will recognize elements from Gerry Conway’s notorious 1973 comic book storyline centering on Parker’s lady love.

Check it out below.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” sees Garfield’s wall-crawling hero face off against several foes, including Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, an Eastern Bloc criminal who becomes the Rhino, and Dane DeHaan as Oscorp heir Harry Osborn, who is poised to inherit the mantle of the Green Goblin. (Fans also will interpret the appearance of B.J. Novak as Alistair Smythe as especially meaningful — in comic book lore, the character at one point referred to himself as the Ultimate Spider-Slayer.)

But it’s Jamie Foxx’s Electro, who begins the movie as the meek Oscorp employee Max Dillon, who has the most showstopping moments, thanks to his masterful control of the power grid.

Wisconsin native Webb found his way to the world of superheroes and villains by a somewhat unlikely road — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

“In ‘(500) Days of Summer,’ there weren’t levitating trucks or beings made of electricity — there were, but they got cut,” he deadpanned.

His original Marvel adaptation, which rebooted the franchise that Sam Raimi successfully helmed roughly a decade earlier, turned out to be a blockbuster hit that took in upward of $262 million at the domestic box office, and also earned critical praise, thanks in part to the winning chemistry between English actor Garfield and Stone.

Sony has great expectations for the superhero franchise. The studio already has announced that the third and fourth installments in the saga are set for release on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018.

Additionally, the company announced plans for new movies about Spider-Man’s nemesis Venom and the collective of bad guys known as the Sinister Six via its Electro Arrives website. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon will write the screenplay for “Venom,” while Drew Goddard will write, and potentially direct, “The Sinister Six,” focusing on the villains in the franchise.

Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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