Thanks to his work on the Spider-Man trilogy Sam Raimi is only one of two filmmakers to actually direct all three movies in a superhero trilogy - the other being Christopher Nolan - and now Marc Webb is at the very least on his way to matching that feat. Columbia Pictures has announced today that Webb has officially signed on to direct the upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, and will have Andrew Garfield returning as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Emma Stone, who played Gwen Stacy in the franchise reboot, is also in talks to reprise her role.

While the new project doesn't have a title as of yet, in April it was announced that Star Trek screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will be writing the script for the superhero sequel along with Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, Lost, Alias). They will be working from an earlier draft written by James Vanderbilt, who wrote The Amazing Spider-Man. The new movie will once again be released in 3D and is currently aiming to be in theaters on May 2, 2014.

Said Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, in a press release, We could not be more confident in the direction we are taking this new Spider-Man storyline and we are tremendously excited to be ramping up production again with Marc at the helm and Andrew continuing on as Peter Parker. We can’t wait to share what we have in store for Peter and Spider-Man with audiences worldwide."

During its run in theaters this summer, The Amazing Spider-Man made $751 million at the global box office on a $230 million budget and received largely positive marks from critics.

While we expected that Garfield would be back to play the wallcrawler in the sequel, how do you feel about the return of Marc Webb behind the lens? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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