More intriguing than your average herp derp internet rumour, The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb may well have revealed a mouthwatering snippet of how the rest of his Spider-Man reboot trilogy is going to play out.
The director Tweeted the picture below, a locker numbered 14, with the hashtag #happybirthday, which ComingSoon have pointed out is the locker number at Oscorp where the Venom symbiote is kept in the fan-favourite Ultimate Spider-Man comic-book series.
The day it was posted – 6 February 2013 – is also the birthday of Harry Osborn actor Dane DeHaan, and also – slightly more tenuously – this year is also the 25th anniversary of the Venom symbiote making itself known in Amazing Spider-Man #299 (April 1988) and possessing the ill-fated Eddie Brock in Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988), birthing one of Spider-Man’s most iconic foes.
Let’s look at the facts, and why this could well be a pretty sound theory:
- Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) will die, probably in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, as per the legendary story-arc by Gerry Conway and John Romita.
- In the comics she is killed by Green Goblin, or Hobgoblin, or Super Goblinzord, whatever. As far as casual cinema-goers were concerned, a Joker knock-off in Power Rangers armour.
- Harry Osborn, in the comic becomes Gobzilla after his father, and in the Raimi trilogy he was played by everyone’s third or fourth choice for a leading man, James Franco – in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 he will be played by Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan.
- Oscorp are very much at the heart of this new saga with the disappearance of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield)’s parents and the creation of the Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and keeping them involved will give the overarching story a sense of continuity instead of descending into a dull, action figure-flogging free-for-all.
- It also sets up a potential three-way conflict between Spidey, Harry/Venom, and Harry’s manipulative father Norman. It would be a nice break from tradition if the big bad at the heart of the The Amazing Spider-Man trilogy was just a normal, albeit batshit crazed super-scientist, guy.
- Marc Webb wants to get away from the Raimi trilogy, and having Harry Osborn become Venom and off Gwen Stacy, would be a great way to do it.
- It would probably have to happen in the third film, but be set up in the second film, as we’ve already got Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) cast and nobody wants a Spider-Man 3-style villain overload.