Before The Amazing Spider-Man even opened in theaters on July 3, the movie's Facebook page announced the intention to make a second and third installment. Sony has already set a release date of May 2014 for the sequel. Writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been hired to write the script. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are expected to star in the next film and director Marc Webb said that he made The Amazing Spider-Man with future sequels in mind.
There seems to be a receptive audience for a trilogy. Since The Amazing Spider-Man opened in theaters, the movie has brought in over $140 million, but what can we expect to happen in the sequel?
Let's start by analyzing the puzzling after-credits scene from Amazing. Those who have not seen the movie, BEWARE, this is a SPOILER. When Dr. Curt Conners is thrust into his jail for his plot to destroy the city, he is confronted in his cell by a shadowy figure. The figure asks him, “Did you tell the boy the truth about his father?” This scene is short and simple, but it provides a lot of clues about the upcoming sequel.
First, the question posed by Conners' mysterious cellmate hints that the franchise plans to further explore the disappearance of Parker's parents, something that was never investigated in Sam Raimi's trilogy. This conclusion is supported by the opening scene of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” when Parker is placed in the care of Uncle Ben and Aunt May and his parents flee under mysterious circumstances.
Others have speculated about the identity of the shadowy figure in Conners' cell. Many suspect the character to be Norman Osborn, who is alluded to throughout the film. Osborn's alter-ego is Spidey's arch-nemesis, the Green Goblin. Although the super-villain was already used in the 2002 version, if he is included in the upcoming sequel, it gives a lot of insight into a possible plot development.
It is well-known that Gwen Stacy, played in Amazing by Emma Stone, dies at the hands of the Green Goblin in issues 121 and 122 of The Amazing Spider-Man comics. While I doubt that writers Kurtzman and Orci will lift their plot directly from the comic books, everyone seems to agree that Stacy will die in one of the upcoming sequels. Although I would hate to see Emma Stone go because her chemistry with Garfield was my favorite part of The Amazing Spider-Man, it would make sense for the writers to bring back the web-head's greatest foe to kill Stacy.
On the other hand, Sony might be saving Stacy's death for the third installment, in which case there are a wide variety of villains to choose from for the second edition. Some of Spidey's most infamous enemies who have not already appeared on screen include Mysterio, Scorpion, Chameleon, Rhino and the Hobgoblin. When choosing a foe, it is important for the movie to consider a character with a complex backstory, who will be difficult for Spider-Man to defeat and will hopefully bring out a significant aspect of Parker's personality.
I think that the sequel will offer some fresh observations about everyone's favorite wall-climbing vigilante. Hopefully, Director Marc Webb will further explore the aspects of his film that were so interesting, namely the fate of Parker's parents and the Parker/Stacy relationship. My prediction: just as Spider-Man 2 is considered better than its predecessor, The Amazing Spider-Man's follow-up film will also be an improvement.