New Amazing Spider-Man 2 Set Photo Might Reference The Rhino

OMG, Spider-Man is going to cameo in this summer’s Iron Man 3, where Peter Parker will help Tony Stark take down The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), who receives his power from ten cosmic rings he obtained from the alien technology of a crashed spaceship! Seriously! Why else would The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb Tweet this latest photo other than to drive Spider-Man fans mad? It’s so obviously a confession of a Mighty Marvel Team-Up … right?!

OK, so this is just the new photo posted to Webb’s busy Twitter account, and it could mean everything – or nothing at all. The director has teased a few tantalizing images on his account that usually send Spidey trackers (like myself) into a frenzy to figure out what he might mean. An ominous locker? It has to mean Venom. Right?

Today’s photo shows a layout of various designs for ring tattoos. For all we know Webb is in the market for his own tattoo, and decided to share his decision with friends, family and followers. But he tagged it as “Day 18” of the current ASM 2 shoot. And he hashtagged it with #pravda. That’s where things get interesting.

Pravda, if you do a little digging, is the Russian word for truth and also a political newspaper associated with the country's Communist party. The paper was closed by Russian President Boris Yelstin temporarily before being revived by the Communists to be their vocal mouthpiece. Could this be an allusion to Paul Giamatti’s Rhino character? In the comics, the Rhino is also known as Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich, a Russian mafioso who morphs into his brutish super-criminal when special armor is bonded to his body.

Or Webb could simply have been tweeting from the American lounge Pravda SoHo, which is famous for its Russian vodka.

No matter how you spin it, Webb has all of us dancing on his web as he continues to tease his sequel. May 2, 2014 can not get here quick enough.

Sean O'Connell
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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.