Jamie Foxx, left, and Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)Link
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)Link
Jamie Foxx in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)Link
Paul Giamatti in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)Link
Andrew Garfield, left, and Paul Giamatti in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)Link
Emma Stone in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)Link
Filmmaker Marc Webb appears set to direct “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.”
Word came Tuesday that the director responsible for both 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and this May’s coming follow-up, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” is in final negotiations with Sony to complete the movie trilogy starring Andrew Garfield as the heroic Peter Parker.
Webb came to the franchise as a somewhat unlikely choice — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. But his original Marvel adaptation, which rebooted the franchise that Sam Raimi had so 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 his costar Emma Stone, who played Parker’s lady love Gwen Stacy.
The new film sees the two stars reprise their roles, with Jamie Foxx stepping in as the lead bad guy, playing Electro, an electrician named Max Dillon who garners special powers in the wake of an accident.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ also stars Paul Giamatti as the Rhino and Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) as rich boy Harry Osborn, son of Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper). Sally Field returns as Peter’s Aunt May; Campbell Scott again plays Peter’s father, Richard.
Although “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ isn’t set to open in the U.S. until May 2, Sony has indicated that it has great expectations for the superhero franchise. The studio has already 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 are to write the screenplay for “Venom,” while Drew Goddard is set to write, and potentially direct, “The Sinister Six.”
Kurtzman and Orci, along with Jeff Pinkner, will write the script for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.”
Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
– Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark | @LATHeroComplex
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