There was never really any doubt that a) Sony were aiming to kick start a whole new series of films with ‘The Amazing Spiderman’, and b) that unless the first film was a financial disaster the sequels would happen. The approximate $750 million in box office revenue worldwide from the Marc Webb directed film simply further cemented the entire project. So with the first film released in 2012, development on the first sequel has gone ahead with a targeted release date of mid-2014. None of this is particularly surprising however one slightly unexpected move was a recent casting announcement for Amazing Spidey part 2.It seems unlike Sam Raimi’s trilogy that Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben will be returning as part of the continuing Spidey story. Actor Martin Sheen who portrayed Ben for the reboot was quoted with this to say;
Well they called me back, I don’t know what the part’s going to be, but I’m going to be Uncle Ben once again in Spider-Man next year. We shoot in February.
Without any further details on Sheen’s appearance, it seems fitting given the story direction that has been taken in the new films. Peter Parker’s family history is far more integral to the story this time around, though many details have not yet been revealed. The character of Uncle Ben may be further dragged into Peter’s complicated past, and is likely to appear onscreen by way of flashback. That said, clones and human replicant droids aren’t exactly outside the realm of possibilities for comic based properties, but that seems a stretch even here.
Of course both Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will be back, as well new cast member Jamie Foxx.