[UPDATE: A similar image was released featuring the Green Goblin. Scroll to check it out.]
In case you somehow missed Sony's intense marketing push for its upcoming blockbuster sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the next chapter in the saga of superhero Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) will hit theaters in a couple of months. We've seen an amazing amount of PR for this sequel, including a featurette about Garfield's return to the role and several potentially misleading clips narrated by Stan Lee.
The film's producers recently spoke about the various planned spinoff films set within the Spider-Man universe, including Sinister Six and Venom, but while actual story details are still apparently in the broad outline stage, we do know that Marc Webb will be directing The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which is scheduled for release on June 10th, 2016.
When it comes to the movie universe's bad guys, Webb has addressed the number of villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, essentially stating that Peter Parker needs a certain amount of obstacles. Webb also noted that classic comic book villain Aleksei Sytsevich, A.K.A. The Rhino (played by Paul Giamatti) is “in the movie for four minutes.”
We may speculate that those must be an important four minutes, since the Rhino has been prominently featured in Sony's marketing. Now, we have an advance teaser image of Spidey and the Rhino, courtesy of the Facebook page for Spider-Man Movie India. We're also told that the film's final trailer will be released in four days, with the page stating:
Are you ready for the ultimate showdown? The final trailer for The Amazing #SpiderMan 2 is almost here…
You'll find the image below:
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Placing the Rhino front and center in all this marketing speaks to the assumption that the end credits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be teasing certain additional villains. This makes sense, given the understanding that the nefarious corporate entity OsCorp - run by Norman Osbourne (Chris Cooper) and/or (?) his son Harry (Dane DeHaan) - still holds secrets about Peter's father Dr. Richard Parker and his research. Plus, the OsCorp tower is prominently featured in this new teaser image.
We know that Peter Parker/Spider-Man will survive his "greatest challenge yet," but we've been given remarkably strong hints that his victory - in whatever form it takes (Webb has spoken of an "upbeat" ending) - his personal life may never be the same. Sony has some serious long-term plans for this movie universe, and come what may, hopes are still high. We'll find out for sure how well this sequel both continues Spidey's saga and builds up this inter-connected universe this May.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10th, 2016, and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 (or one of the spinoff films) on May 4th, 2018. Venom and Sinister Six do not currently have official release dates.
Source: Spider-Man Movie India