"The Amazing Spider-Man" is not the last you'll see of Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker. The web-slinging hero will be back before long, as a sequel is already planned for release on May 2, 2014, with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci handling script detail.
Exactly where the "Amazing" sequel will take Peter's story next is anyone's guess. Here's one thing you won't see in the movie, however: a time jump. Even though Garfield is several years older than his high school-aged hero, the next "Spider-Man" movie won't push Peter through the years to match his actor's age.
"Eventually, who knows? But the next movie will take place in relative proximity to this one," producer Matt Tolmach confirmed to MTV News about the "Spider-Man" sequel. "We have more business to do here [and now] with the character."
"The story, there's a lot more to be told in this story, and this quest that he's on," he added. "So there won't be a huge time jump."
That's about as far as Tolmach was willing to go with the details. Asked about which villains might be surfacing in the sequel, he played coy: "There are so many good ones, but I don't want to give anything away. That's the coolest surprise!"
That answer didn't stop us from prying. When we told Tolmach that we're interested in seeing some of Spidey's female villains on the screen—Black Cat, anybody?—his only response was to grin and say, "I like those [characters] too."
"The Amazing Spider-Man" opens on July 3, 2012.
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