‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Teaser Image: The ‘Patient Zero’ Mystery

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Studios making big-budget superhero films seem to be catching up to what many of you reading this have known for years now: that comic book movie fans are interested in literally every detail of a film’s production. For every new director assigned to a film, we’ve been teased with looks behind the scenes – sometimes with revealing results (see: Bryan Singer on X-Men: Days of Future Past or James Mangold on The Wolverine).

Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb has also been getting into this directorial marketing push by giving us a steady stream of teaser images from the set. Each image comes captioned with cryptic messages that send fans spinning off into the sort of fun speculation and discussion we enjoy here at SR; and today’s ASM2 image is certainly worth some discussion.

Check out the latest Tweet from Webb:

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Now, there are many theories that we could toss out there (and I’m sure we’ll find plenty more in our comments section), but there is one theory that seems most likely, given the combination of what the image depicts, and what Webb says in his “Patient Zero” caption:

We know that Oscorp (the mysterious corporation which is at the center of this Amazing Spider-Man universe) has been working on bioengineering projects using animal specimens – after all, those same specimens gave Spider-Man and The Lizard their powers in the first film. We also know that dark forces within Oscorp are all too aware of how Peter Parker obtained his Spider-Man powers, and it’s a mystery that may reach as far back as Peter’s missing father (as revealed in The Amazing SpiderMan mid-credits scene):

Following this logic, “Patient Zero” could very well refer to Peter himself – the specimen that leads to breakthroughs in gene-splicing, allowing Oscorp to create new superpowered beings – say, like transforming Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) into Electro or Paul Giamatti’s character into The Rhino.

Fans with long memories will also remember a story that broke before Amazing Spider-Man came out, citing the filmmakers decision to go with an altered origin story, in which Peter’s powers are a natural mutation and the genetically-enhanced spider designed by his father was created to trigger said mutation. Of course, the first film didn’t delve too far into this mystery – but based on that mid-credits sequence and today’s teaser image, the sequel certainly might.

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Andrew Garfield in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Finally, savvy viewers have pointed out that right before the first film’s infamous “crane swinging sequence,” Spider-Man is wounded by police gunfire – leaving behind a blood sample that could easily be collected, analyzed and utilized by Oscorp. Will Spider-Man’s very DNA be responsible for creating new threats like Electro – or even the Green Goblin somewhere down the line? Threats that could exact a serious toll on Peter Parker’s life? The Ultimate Spider-Man comic book source material that inspired this reboot certainly seems to point in that direction…

Besides, in a post-Dark Knight world, a second chapter dealing with the repercussions of the hero’s arrival is pretty much written into the blueprint. Don’t be too surprised if that’s how screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness), Jeff Pinkner (Fringe) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) approach things.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.

Source: Twitter

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  1. “Will Spider-Man’s very DNA be responsible for creating new threats like Electro?”

    Probably not Electro, but if they go the Ultimate way, what about Carnage? He/it was created using a sample of Spider-Man´s blood.

    • That’s what I was thinking, or given the Venom tease tweeted a while back by Webb, this could be somehow related to Venom, a project Peter’s and Eddie’s fathers worked on at Oscorp, it could be some altered origin for Venom.. but that’s just speculation.

    • Definitely Carnage. I was back and forth with Venom…isn’t Venom an alien symbiote? I’m not the best versed in Spidey mythology but what’s the connection between Venom and Parker’s DNA that makes Venom so attached to him? Is there anything? But yeah I assumed Carnage first because he’s so, well, carnal. Carnal, blood, carnage. Makes more sense.

      • In the mainstream universe, Venom is an alien symbiote. Just as Carnage, wh´s an offspring of the symbiote. But in the Ultimate line, the Venom suit was created by Richard Parker to cure cancer and has nothing to do with the creation of Carnage..

  2. I can see this happening as these movies will follow the Ultimate Universe pretty closely. I think the next Spider-Man will be the best one to date.

  3. As long as this has lesser subplots than the first, I’ll enjoy it. The first film just had too much going on. I’m curious about the Rhino; he’ll either look okay, or just plain terrible. I’m glad we haven’t seen or heard much about him.

    • Too much going on in the first movie?? S

      1. pidey becomes Spidey, Parker loves Gwen
      2. Parker;s background ties to Oscorp, which is the same background/event thread that leads to the big bad villain, The Lizard.

      And that’s it. Anything else is just Ester egg for TASM 2.

  4. well we can forget seeing green goblin in this movie, they already said we wont see goblin until spiderman 3, we’ll see osborn in this movie,but not his other side.

    • It Seems like they are setting us up for the Sinister 6….maybe a cameo from green goblin…errr rather Hobgoblin at the end. I mean how else will they get Mary Jane into Peters life…they have to get rid of Gwen Stacy first.

      • That’s what I was thinking, which makes this trilogy potentially epic.

    • It’ll be best not to include The Goblin in the first trilogy in my opinion.

    • if u paid attention they said they are killing gwen off early in the movie

  5. Seems highly likely that they are trying to re-create Spidermans powers in other people. The Lizard fizzled…hence Peter Parker is Patient Zero. Makes sense Oscorp would want to recreate others with such power.

  6. The first was a tad uneven in story and had holes in the plot the size of a Hulk temper tantrum, but I thought all the performances (especially the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone) were fantastic and the action and pacing were perfect.

    I am excited for the sequel, and LOVE the fact they left a ton of loose ends to play with in the franchise. Mr. Webb has my attention.

    • +1

      Not a perfect movie by any means, but intriguing nonetheless. I think it’s already a slight improvement over the Raimi version, but the next movie has to be awesome to fulfill it’s potential.

      • I really enjoyed the reboot and I think one of the main reasons I did was because of the set up it provided. I can understand why some people got annoyed at re-doing a story that had been done recently but I think it had to be done for the sake of the story this new team wants to produce. Like you guys I think this next instalment could be epic. If done right this new film series could become one of the best out there due to good actors, solid scripts and recurring characters (after all no one ever really dies in a comic). I hope we will see the lizard in all his glory at some point in the future as well as many new characters.

        • If this movie does as well as I think it can, I hope they make more than the standard trilogy with the same actors. I really enjoyed Garfield as Peter Parker and Spider-Man has so many villains that you could do at least a couple of major arcs with a few smaller ones mixed in. All while introducing new characters in every movie to keep the story fresh.

          But my ultimate hope is that Marvel and Sony work something out and start appearing in each others movies. Garfield’s Spider-Man in an Avenger movie or even a Daredevil movie would be the $hit!!

          • Spider-Man in the Avengers would be LEGIT!!! Hoping that Tony Stark builds him a suit, that would be the icing on the cake.

          • Exactly! This Andrew Garfield Spidey in Avengers 2! Nothing’s impossible.

          • Never….gonna….happen.

            Marvel would prefer the rights returning home so all a joint venture would do is help Sony retain the rights by lending credence to their franchise, about the last thing they would want.

            If Spider-Man is going to sink or swim it will be on its own merits.

    • What were some plot holes? I never got much into those discussions at the time.

  7. By no means did I enjoy Spider-Man 3, but i do miss tobey maguire as Spider-Man. Spider-Man 2 was just so good, I’m still bummed how bad the 3rd one was. It made me resent the amazing Spider-Man even tho it was a solid flick. But I digress…

    • Honestly, Spider-Man 3 is by no means a perfect (nor great) movie, but at least it was decent enough to watch through. Acting was meh, plot was too much, but the ending really saved the movie from being a total let-down, and if you had to do an ending for that film, that one would be the perfect fit. I found myself blanketed with goosebumps when Harry came to the save to rescue Spidey’s life, especially the battle scene between Spidey, New Gobby, Venom, and Sandman, and the way how Osborn Jr died in the end.

  8. Spider Slayers.

  9. Patient Zero-

    (2) Based on the original ‘Patient Zero’, the generic term, ’patient zero’, has expanded into general usage for any first case or onset of a catastrophic trend.

    From Wikipedia.

    Index Case-

    The index case or primary case is the initial patient in the population of an epidemiological investigation.[1][2] The index case may indicate the source of the disease, the possible spread, and which reservoir holds the disease in between outbreaks. The index case is the first patient that indicates the existence of an outbreak. Earlier cases may be found and are labeled primary, secondary, tertiary, etc.[3] “Patient Zero” was used [why?] to refer to the index case in the spread of HIV in North America.[4] The phrase “patient one” is more logical.
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    • A disease? Oh lord, Spider-Island!

  10. Patient Zero-

    Based on the original ‘Patient Zero’, the generic term, ’patient zero’, has expanded into general usage for any first case or onset of a catastrophic trend.

    From Wikipedia.

    Index Case-

    The index case or primary case is the initial patient in the population of an epidemiological investigation. The index case may indicate the source of the disease, the possible spread, and which reservoir holds the disease in between outbreaks. The index case is the first patient that indicates the existence of an outbreak. Earlier cases may be found and are labeled primary, secondary, tertiary, etc. “Patient Zero” was used to refer to the index case in the spread of HIV in North America. The phrase “patient one” is more logical.

  11. The Amazing Spider-Man managed to be one of those rare reboots that takes things in a completely different direction, but is still faithful to the source material. They got rid of the wrestling scene, but had him fall in a wrestling ring. They used the spider bite, but managed to change the spider’s origin in a way that it makes sense and can be utilized for a whole new crop of super-villains. Was it perfect? Not at all. But there are as many people that hate the Webb reboot that love it.

    If they use the Ultimate Rhino (R.H.I.N.O.) concept it could be amazing.
    http://marvel.wikia.com/Alexander_O'Hirn_(Earth-1610)

  12. Does this mean Electro’s powers will be that of an electric eel…

  13. i had a dream that marvel will keep making avengers movies
    but with diffrent storyline which is why i keep bringing up “civil war” like seriously who wouldnt want to see a trifecta of the civil war arc

  14. Animal specimens….hmmm, maybe Scorpion in the making? I would like to see him and Mysterio as future villains.

    • I would LOVE to see Scorpion. Shocker would be cool too, although with Electro in there it seems like he won’t get a chance to shine.

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