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Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man franchise currently rests on the strong shoulders of its star, 30-year-old Andrew Garfield. But that may not be the case by the time by the time 2018 rolls around.

Although Garfield is contracted to appear up through The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which hits in 2016, he says he’s not signed for The Amazing Spider-Man 4, which is due out two years later. Does this mean another new Peter Parker could be coming up on the horizon? Hit the jump to read Garfield’s comments.

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The first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit this morning, and whatever you think it suggests about the movie being advertised, there’s certainly a lot of stuff to talk about in those couple minutes. And so director Marc Webb and his primary cast, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx, have obliged, by commenting on key elements of the trailer. Below, you can watch a video that pauses the trailer often so that the creators can talk about what’s going on. Read More »

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Trailer

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electro fight

Here’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for… well, since last week, anyway. Sony has unleashed the newest trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which once again stars Andrew Garfield as the young webslinger.

The sequel sees Spidey crossing paths with new threats, including Jamie Foxx‘s Electro, as well as an old friend, Dane DeHaan‘s Harry Osborn. Marc Webb returns as director. Check out the video after the jump.

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The full trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is coming on December 5, but here are three brief bits of footage to show off the film’s web-swinging hero. Along with the teasing looks at Spidey in action, these clips feature (in Spanish) the Rise of Electro subtitle that has started to appear on international marketing for the movie. (The US version of one of these spots, as seen on Facebook, doesn’t have the subtitle.)

There’s no hint here of the trio of villains that are teased on one recent set of posters for the movie, but expect to see them in the full trailer that drops later this week.

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Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man had it’s share of problems — some pretty big ones, in fact — but one thing it did very well was Spidey’s costume design. Sure, there’s the whole question of a teenager being able to make that suit, but setting aside that old qualm the suit in the film, and the updated version for next year’s sequel, was pretty much spot-on. It was classic in origin, but modern in design and functionality, and the costume was built so well that star Andrew Garfield can wear it on stage in crappy lighting and still look great.

Naturally, the costume was not an instant design triumph. In fact, there were many versions conceptualized. Now you can see three others, any of which would have contributed to a film with a very different feel.  Read More »

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Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony Pictures, has been discussing some well-publicized financial issues at the studio, and one quote in particular has a lot of people talking:

We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains.

Is she talking about the all-but-confirmed rumor the Sinister Six will eventually appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4? Will Spider-Man need to recruit another hero to help him win that battle? Or is Pascal talking about spin-offs set in the Spider-Man universe, such as the long rumored Venom film? We discuss below.

UPDATE:  Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton added more fuel to the fire with this gem of a quote:

We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works.

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As we wait on the first trailer for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which will be attached to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), a few new photos have surfaced to whet your spidey-appetite.  Two are fairly innocuous, but the third reveals a scene we definitely have not seen yet. It’s not a super spoiler; it seems like something that could be in that trailer. But better to be safe than sorry.

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Briefly: We’ve seen a lot of “economic crisis” films, but the state of the US economy since 2008 continues to reverberate in film and entertainment. And while you might be weary of the announcement of more films that use the crisis as a backdrop, what about one in which Andrew Garfield plays a guy who goes to work for a shady real-estate broker played by Michael Shannon?

Deadline announces 99 Homes, in which “an unemployed contractor (Garfield) who gets evicted from his family home with his mother and his nine?year old son. Desperate to get his home back, he strikes a deal to work for the powerful, greedy, charming, gun?toting real estate broker (Shannon) who evicted him.” But there are moral complications to the situation that has Garfield’s character jumping the line from economically disenfranchised to the one helping out with the disenfranchising. Could be a great pairing for the two, and it’s easy to imagine Shannon being brilliantly skeevy.

Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo) will direct.

 

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