From both the Comic Con panel yesterday, and interviews with various outlets before and after it, clearer details are starting to form about next summer's "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel. In the process, we're also learning more about the future of the Spidey franchise at Sony.
Andrew Garfield showed up on stage in his Spider-Man outfit, joining actors Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, director Marc Webb, and producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad. Between the bits of comic banter
Foxx says his character Max Dillon has the three most important things in his life taken away from him - his love, his family, and his work. When he becomes Electro, he also becomes a "serious individual that wants to burn the city down and burn Spider-Man along with it." Webb also confirmed that Electro can travel through electrical sockets in the film.
At the beginning of the sequel, Spider-Man is "having fun being Spider-Man," and now that he's cocky Electro is on the scene to smack him down a peg or two. Andrew Garfield says his Peter Parker deals with intimacy issues in this outing.
Some unfinished footage was screened showcasing Spidey chasing down a pre-transformed Rhino (Paul Giamatti) which is when he ends up saving Max Dillon’s life. There was also the scene of Dillon's transformation into Electro via an electrocution and plunge into a tank of eels.
Other sequences showed Emma Stone's Gwen Stacey looking at a bridge, Dane DeHaan's Harry Osborn visiting his sick father Norman, and a shot of Electro in Times Square levitating and frying everything electrical around him.
Harry Osborn's back story has changed for this film. Peter and him are childhood friends that were separated when Harry was sent to boarding school. When they graduate, Harry tries to reconcile his relationship with Peter and complicates Peter’s life in various ways.
Garfield added he'd "like to be part of The Avengers….but I’m not allowed to say that." Asked about the sexuality question he brought up the other week in which he considered the idea of Peter Parker having a black boyfriend, Garfield responded "it wouldn’t make sense if in the third movie suddenly I was with a black guy; we haven’t really established that."
In post-panel interviews, Webb said the words "Think about The Gentleman" when asked about the possibility of 'The Sinister Six' (essentially a "Justice League"-style teaming of Spider-Man villains) appearing.
'The Gentleman' is a character that first appeared in the novel "Spider-Man: The Gathering of the Sinister Six" in which he gathers the group of villains as a way to destroy Peter Parker.
As Webb has suggested this upcoming second film gives big hints as to where the third and fourth film will go, and features brief appearances from villains who will have more substantial roles down the line.
So, could the third or fourth film sport the Sinister Six as the main antagonists, and if so - who would make up this six?