‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Daily Bugle Viral Post Drops Multiple Villain Easter Eggs

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Sony is littering the road to Amazing Spider-Man 2 with bread crumbs that hint at a larger Spider-Man universe they are slowly building around this rebooted franchise. With multiple sequels already lined up, and continued teases of an eventual big showdown between Spider-Man and a team of villains known as The Sinister Six, it’s sometimes hard to remember that Amazing Spider-Man 2 will actually be about Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) battling the super powered threat of Electro (Jamie Foxx).

The latest bit of viral marketing for the sequel continues to expand the scope of ASM universe by once again dropping Easter egg teases that fans of the comics will gleefully speculate and debate about… right up until a lot of them turn out to be red herrings. So which new villains are being hinted at now? Read on for the breakdown.

An article published in a faux version of The Daily Bugle (the newspaper where Peter Parker sometimes makes his living as a photographer) discusses the upcoming trial of Curt Connors (a.k.a. The Lizard from Amazing Spider-Man 1) while also managing to introduce several new names into the ASM universe – names which carry significance in Spider-Man comic book lore:

By Ned Leeds, City Bureau

A trial date has been set in the New York Appellate Court for alleged bio-terrorist Dr. Curt Connors. The former Oscorp biogenetics scientist has been indicted on twenty city and state counts, including trespassing, malicious destruction of property, theft of private property, aggravated assault, and using a weapon of mass destruction. Connors has pleaded “not guilty” to all counts. It is expected his defense attorney, Anne Weying, will claim Connors was not responsible for the actions of his genetically transformed alter ego, the Lizard.

Connors claimed that pressure placed on him by his employer, Oscorp, led him to rush his bio-restorative formula and test it on himself. He further stipulated to the grand jury that his decision to use the untested compound was made in an effort to protect the company from experimenting on innocent civilians, as directed by his superiors. Connors’ immediate supervisor at Oscorp, Dr. Rajit Ratha, has been missing since the day before the Lizard’s attack.

Oscorp spokesman, Donald Menken, responded, “We can’t corroborate or deny Dr. Connor’s claims. Dr. Ratha’s abrupt departure from Oscorp has left us with far more questions than answers. Needless to say, Oscorp has always complied with the most stringent local, state and federal regulations for all of our research and development.”

To make it short, the names to notice (and their significance) is listed below:

  • Ned Leeds – Bugle reporter who in the comics was brainwashed into becoming  the dreaded Hobgoblin.
  • Anne Weying – Successful lawyer and ex-wife of Eddie Brock. Becomes Lady Venom for a time in the comics.
  • Donald Menken – Personal assistant to Norman Osborn in the comics.

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So does this mean we’re going to see Hobgoblin, Lady Venom and… Norman Osborn’s assistant play roles in the new Spider-Man franchise? Perhaps Mr. Menken – either of the other two would be surprising (Lady Venom… really?).

As it stands, the future Amazing Spider-Man franchise installments have been built up with so much villain fanfare that it would be more surprising if there was a baddie from Spidey’s rogues gallery that WASN’T in part 2, 3 or 4. But again, the purpose of viral marketing is to keep the film’s universe alive and keep fans buzzing – and here we are, buzzing about it, getting sucked deeper into the Amazing Spider-Man web.

Now, how about that awe-inspiring trailer – about the actual Spider-Man vs. Electro story –  to REALLY set things off?

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

Source: tumblr (The Daily Bugle)

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  1. Excuse me, no – Original Spiderman with Tobey Maguire is infinitely better- get the ORIGINAL SPIDER-MAN screenplay, signed by writer and director David Koepp.
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    • Nope, wrong there Ashley. ASM with Garfield is far superior to that camp fest trilogy.

      • Opinions differ,Sam and tobey would have been much better !
        At least for me and a couple of other guys ! :)

  2. Andrew Garfield plays the role better than Maguire ever did IMO. No offense to Maguire or Raimi, I thought the original trilogy was good but far too cheesy and a complete mess by the third.

    The only problem I had with the Amazing Spiderman was it didn’t feel different enough from the origin story ion Raimi’s but this sequel wont have the origin to deal and will be a much better film for it.

    • Andrew Garfield, I find, was leagues better than Maguire, though that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate him and Raimi’s work. It just wasn’t the Spider-Man film I was waiting for, this one was.

      Anyway, with all the villains they’re teasing, I’m starting to doubt any of these villains will even make an appearance. Spider-Woman just seems unlikely, unless they end up doing that Venom film. The other two I think are just side characters who will be included in the films but not necessarily be brought in as a villain, maybe just to have characters comic book fans recognize.

    • +1
      To me the story was different enough (how much can you change Spidey’s origin anyhow? It’s a very iconic story), but I totally agree about Garfield.

      • Me too.

        I tried watching the original trilogy when Sky Movies aired them the week before ASM released in cinemas last July and my god, it was a struggle to finish them. So horrendously bad. They were cheese and campy back then but now, they haven’t aged well at all.

        ASM is the Spider-Man movie I’ve been waiting my whole life for and I thank Marc Webb and the team for that.

  3. in*

  4. im sorry but they need to quit with the pumpkin thrower and move on

    • Lmao that made me chuckle a bit.

  5. My god, why can’t we just enjoy both movies. Tobey Maguire did a good job capturing the old school Stan Lee, Steve Ditko Spider-Man and Andrew Garfield was great with the modern teen outcast Ultimate Spider-Man. Just enjoy both series, if you don’t like one, fine go watch the other instead. Maguire was the Spidey I grew up with and Spider-Man 1 and 2 are 2 of my favorite comic book movies. And I really liked Amazing Spider-Man and can’t wait to see what Webb and company do with the sequel.

    • 1UP

    • Pretty much this. Also Raimi’s trilogy has more cinemtic experience while the new movie was very simple in that regard.

  6. Cant wait. Im guessing we will be getting a trailer in November. roughly 6 months before its released which sounds about right. though, if i remember correctly, the first trailer for TASM was released exactly A YEAR before its release, so compared to that, they are starting the marketing REALLY late for this one. But it will still have definitely plenty of time to build up hype.

    • Have you seen the grainy-leaked trailer from Comic Con? It’s ridiculously awesome, and the ending nearly gave me chills (pretty sure an official trailer actually would give me chills)

      • I know what you mean, those sound effects!! Electro is looking set to be one of the most Badass villains I have seen! please don’t let him go underutilized like so many other great villains.

  7. Why cant we just have a traditional Venom….

    • because that would be a rated R movie. The Comics Code Authority was a lot easier to circumvent than the MPAA is.

      • That’s why I’m guessing we’ll get “war vet Flash Thompson” with no legs and that version of Venom so that he can be somewhat of an anti-hero fighting for the US military rather than the traditional Eddie Brock or Mac Gargan versions.

        • That would be the route I’d like to see, in order to get a Venom spin-off. But I don’t think the actor who plays Flash is well known enough for that to happen.

          However, I think with Dane Dehaan cast as Harry Osborn, we’ll probably see Harry Osborn as Venom at some point in this series.

          • I would normally want Eddie Brock or Flash to be Venom but Dane DeHann just fits the profile so well that I’d be more than cool with Harry being Venom. He’s also an excellent actor.

  8. Spidey needs a helper if he is gonna fight 6 villains. Also, how about Mysterio and Scorpion??

  9. I think they’re just trying to avoid making up characters to fill roles and give a nod to the fans of the comics. I would be shocked if we actually saw Lady Venom.

  10. Lady Venom would be awesome to see in the film and Doc Ock,Kraven, and Scorpion all need to be in the films.

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