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