If there’s one thing you can definitively say about Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s that the director has plenty of villains in his stable. Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti are on hand to play Electro and The Rhino, respectively. Norman and Harry Osborn have been cast with Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan. And there have been rumors of even more potential villains in the periphery, as Sony possibly sets the stage for a future fight against the Sinister Six.
Today, more villains have been rumored. The Daily Bugle, a tumblr account acting as a viral outlet for ASM news, ran a story by reporter Ned Leeds titled "Shake, Rattle and Rob." (Stop for a minute a realize that Leeds, in comic-book lore, went on to become The Hobgoblin, so his byline alone is a significant hint.) The story goes on to talk about criminal who stole $200,000 from a bank, creating "some kind of sustained vibration [that] literally shook the door off its hinges and ripped the walls apart in the process."
Does that sound like the Shocker to you, Spidey fans?
The Daily Bugle site has been pretty informative, filling in the gaps of story lines that bridge from Webb’s first Spider-Man to this upcoming sequel. Earlier, it ran a story telling fans that the body of Dr. Rajit Ratha (Irrfan Khan) had been unearthed in the New York sewer system … explaining (sort of) what happened to that character. Could this be misdirection? Or is Sony hoping to bring Shocker into Webb’s expanding universe?
Shocker isn’t the only Spidey villain to make news as of late. ComingSoon shared a photo posted to Twitter by a fan walking through the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas that gives us a look at Electro (to the right) and – maybe – Green Goblin (in the middle) and the Rhino (on the left). We’ve seen shots of Giamatti in a suit that will be filled in using special effects. But is this poster giving Las Vegas patrons a good look at the finished Rhino suit?
Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2, 2014, kicking off the summer blockbuster season. Andrew Garfield returns to the hero’s role, and Sony already has parts 3 and 4 in the works. Will there be villain overload? Stay tuned.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.