It's looking like The Amazing Spider-Man is an amazing success in spite of some fears and criticisms that the reboot is too much a repeat. I'm not really a fan (nor a total hater), but as I noted elsewhere this week, that doesn't mean I'm not still looking forward to the sequel. I just hope The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is an improvement, which is actually the same thing I'd be thinking if I loved the first one. Sequels should always be bigger and better. Whether you were satisfied or not, let's leave the movie behind us for a moment and think about the potential for the next installment in this new series.
So far, what's known for sure is that the first sequel is already being written (by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) and is set for release on May 2, 2014. Recently it was announced that there are at least plans for a trilogy, and also producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach have admitted an interest in taking an Avengers-like path by giving us a half-dozen episodes, each with a different villain, and all culminating in a massive climax pitting Spidey against the Sinister Six. That would be great if they build a long Harry Potter-ish run and also have different directors' takes along the way.
Focusing just on the next movie, though, nobody is sure who will direct (there are doubts about Marc Webb returning) or who the bad guy will be, whether or not he's the same character as the mystery "Man in the Shadows" who appears during the mid-credits teaser. And other than a certainty that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will continue charming audiences with some of the best Hollywood lead chemistry in years, we can all guess a hundred different ways the series could continue. My guess: the Spider-Mobile will sadly never make an appearance.
So here's a roundup of some of the guesses and wishes for ASM2 involving potential villains and whether or not part 2 will be the last we actually see of that Peter and Gwen magic.
What are people hoping to see in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Here's The Conversation heard around the Internet:
[Mysterio is] not the villain with the most exciting back-story. But seeing his powers brought on screen with the magnificent CGI that the Marvel movies have been giving us lately would most definitely be a treat for the eyes. His fear-inducing hallucinogen could be used like Scarecrow does in Batman Begins to bring out Spiderman's inner demons - Ravi Bhoraskar, Quora
There's something exciting about a super-villain with no real powers who simply out-invents Peter Parker. If it's true that the best villains in comics are the ones who provide a mirror image of some facet of the hero, then Mysterio is an essential member of Spidey's rogue's gallery, and it's about time he step forward to play a central role in one of the movies. [...But] done wrong, Mysterio becomes the biggest Scooby-Doo bad guy of all time - Drew McWeeny, HitFix
I'm less interested in who the big villain is than in whether or not J. Jonah Jameson is gonna be in the sequel. Webb basically nixed the idea of having the Daily Bugle editor in the film because J. K. Simmons made such an impression in the Sam Raimi films. I completely agree – so I have a perfect solution. Hire him again. You think J. K. Simmons doesn't want another Spidey-sized paycheck? I mean, they got Sally Field for heaven's sake! And it's not like people have FORGOTTEN that these previous movies are out there. But that's a conversation for another day... - Jordan Hoffman, Next Movie
In Spider-Man lore, the first Scorpion was Mac Gargan, a investigator hired by J. Jonah Jameson to find out who the Web-Slinger really was. In a really crazy turn for Jonah, he connects Gargan with a scientist who providers Gargan with the mutated powers of a scorpion, one of a spider's natural predators. Bringing Gargan in could be a new way to re-introduce Jameson to the rebooted franchise. Gargan also has very questionable morals, he'll basically do anything for money or revenge. That's a departure from the villains Spidey has faced on screen before. - Gregory Ellwood, HitFix
Kingpin is a fat but agile villain. His intelligence as a criminal mastermind that makes him such a worthy foe. He recently put a hit on Spider-Man which resulted in Aunt May being shot by a sniper. He is a probable villain for the next film since the people behind Curt Conner's experiment can be a mafia-like organization. - Kristin Dian Mariano, International Business Times
Christoph Waltz as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin - In his Oscar winning role as Hans Lander in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, Waltz is scary, funny, charismatic, and offbeat. All these qualities would make his portryal of Norman and the Goblin insanely watchable and multi-layered. Waltz was rumoured to be making a cameo as Norman in The Amazing Spider-Man but of course he doesn’t appear. While it was probably only a rumour, it’s probably sparked interest in the powers that be. While Waltz may not [want] to be typecast as the villain, I think he’d provide a truly unique and funny take on the character. - Andrew Edward Davids, What Culture!
The death of Gwen [Stacy] isn't much a question of if it will happen, but when. If the "Amazing" movies follow the "Dark Knight" model, Gwen's death could easily occur during movie two, following in the fragged footsteps of Rachel Dawes. Perhaps the upcoming sequel is still too early for Gwen's demise, but keep that box of Kleenex ready just in case. - Josh Wigler, MTV News
If producers plan on killing Gwen (and they should), they need to do it at the end of the second Spider-Man, so our hero can find redemption in the third part of what they’re now calling a trilogy. This gives the second Spider-Man movie its Empire Strikes Back ending, the downbeat cliffhanger that seems to drain all hope. Stone and Garfield have been earning raves for their chemistry in Amazing, so breaking them apart in a sequel would hurt. But it’s essential to the growth of the Spider-Man we know and love. It has to happen, and it should happen in the next movie. - Sean O'Connell, Cinema Blend
Twitter Poll: Who or what do you want to see in The Amazing Spider-Man 2?
Mysterio would be a good choice, particularly for this "grounded" universe. Green Goblin has to set up as well. Mary Jane! - @dasielldavies
Would love to see Venom receive proper treatment. I'd love to see Simmons return as J. Jonah Jameson - @Adrian_Charlie
They should do green goblin and sandman and venom. - @whatcameoutofme
If they're taking a long-term approach, I'd like to see them build towards an actual Sinister Six movie. - @TheTrueBrendanF
Different directions to go... but honestly don't give a shit who is the next villain. - @filmnerdjamie
Tobey vs. Andrew: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE. - Vadim Rizov, @vrizov
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