There is going to be another Spider-Man movie. And Andrew Garfield will once again be the the guy wearing the form-fitting red and blue suit.
Columbia Pictures officially announced today that there will be a sequel to “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the Peter Parker reboot that allowed Garfield to take over the role once played by Tobey Maguire. Marc Webb will also return as director.
The news is not a particularly huge surprise; “Amazing Spider-Man” earned $751 million worldwide and currently stands as the fourth highest-grossing film of the year. What is a little surprising is that Emma Stone, who plays Spidey lady love Gwen Stacy, hasn’t yet locked down her participation in the film.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Stone is still “in talks” but is expected to continue with the franchise. Presumably this is just a matter of crossing a few final t’s. Considering that Stone and Garfield are dating in real life — and continuing to do ridiculously endearing things together, like holding up signs that support charities when they know that paparazzi are trying to snap their photo — it seems unlikely that she would opt out of the project.
The project, by the way, already has a release date. “Amazing Spider-Man Part Deux,”or whatever it’s going to be called, has reserved an appointment in multiplexes for May 2, 2014. So we have from now until then to debate whether “Spider-Man 2” 2.0 can possibly be better than “Spider-Man 2.”