Peter Parker's been hanging back while his buddies (in the comic books, not the movies... yet) Thor, Captain America and the X-Men have soaked up the public's attention for all things Marvel, over this past month. However, this December will be Pete's time to shine, as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicks off its marketing push with its first official trailer release (not counting the Comic-Con footage that's probably leaked online by this point).
The Amazing Spider-Man teaser trailer drops online on December 5th, before it begins showing in front of select reels of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in theaters a week later. We anticipate Sony unveiling an official teaser poster before then, but in the meantime a photo of a triptych poster for the Amazing Spider-Man sequel has found its way online, in addition to a German banner that features what is rumored to be the film's subtitle, Rise of Electro, in the U.S. and most foreign countries (save for such places as Brazil, where it'll be called Menace of Electro).
Twitter user Jeser Piedra (via Marvel_Spider and Superhero Hype) was at the Red Rock casino in Las Vegas and spotted the aforementioned Amazing Spider-Man 2 triptych (for those unfamiliar, that's a picture on three panels). The poster includes the tagline "His Greatest Battle Begins," with Spidey (Andrew Garfield) surrounded on all sides by a flying Electro (Jamie Foxx) and what we presume is the mechanical suit used by Rhino/Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti) - in addition to, what appears to be a familiar villain from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (and the source comic books, of course).
Check out the image below (click for the larger version):
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Yes, that would appear to be the Green Goblin floating around on his hoverboard in the background - but is it Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) or Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), inside the Goblin costume?
Cooper recently teased that Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to serve as "an extremely odd introduction" to his version of Norman Osborn, before the character is given a larger role to play in the third installment (and maybe beyond). Additionally, there was a short clip in the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Comic-Con footage that appeared to show DeHaan (his feet, anyway), as he underwent some transformation process that caused him to shed green material. (You can do the math from there.)
In related news, here is the German banner for Amazing Spider-Man 2 (via Comic Book Movie), which includes the Rise of Electro subtitle:
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Might it be that Cooper as Norman will recover from being on his deathbed in the first two Amazing Spider-Man installments, only to turn around and use his resources as head of Oscorp (including his Goblin-ized son as the muscle) to fight Spidey in The Amazing Spider-Man 3?
Not only it is difficult to envision Cooper being the one who suits up as the Green Goblin, but such a development could unfold in the background in the second movie (without overshadowing the conflict between Spidey and Electro), while at the same time, set up a showdown between Peter and Harry to take center-stage in Part 3. After that, Norman could decide that the only way to defeat Spidey is to unite his enemies against him, paving the way for a Sinister Six appearance in the fourth movie (with people like Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti lined up to reprise their villain roles).
Of course, this is all speculative analysis that could be way off-base, especially seeing how there are several other feasible options for how this will all play out (see: DeHaan as Harry Osborn morphing into Venom). We'll have to wait and see if the official trailer for Amazing Spider-Man 2 sheds more light on these issues, when it arrives next week.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (:Rise of Electro?) opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014.