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What a tangled web they'll weave!
Andrew Garfield will reprise his role as Peter Parker for the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man while Marc Webb will once again take the helm, Columbia Pictures announced today. And Emma Stone is in talks to return to the franchise as Parker's love interest, Gwen Stacy.
Webb—whose only previous feature-film directing credit was the indie hit 500 Days of Summer—put a new spin on the Marvel superhero with this summer's blockbuster reboot, which grossed an amazing $750 million worldwide and starred the 29-year-old Social Network star, who took over for Tobey Maguire as everyone's favorite webslinger.
No word yet which adversary Spider-Man will face off against this time around, though there's plenty of baddies to get Spidey's senses tingling including Carnage, Kingpin, Vulture and the master of illusion himself, Mysterio.
The script for the latest chapter is being penned by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci along with Jeff Pinker, based on an earlier draft by James Vanderbilt. Kurtzman and Orci are one of Hollywood's most successful writing teams, having masterminded the stories for The Transformers, the new Star Trek flick and its forthcoming sequel.
If all goes according to plan, The Amazing Spider-Man follow up will start filming in early 2013 (in 3-D, natch) for a targeted May 2, 2014 release.