De La Soul once said that three is the magic number, and that’s evidently a belief shared by the makers of The Amazing Spider-Man, who’ve announced that the recently-released Marvel Comics reboot is actually the first film in a trilogy.
“It's finally here!” screamed the film’s Facebook page. “The Amazing Spider-Man is the first instalment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero's journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents.”
A second web-splattered feature starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker has since been announced by Sony Pictures and is expected to set spider-senses tingling around May 2014, when it’s slated to be released.
Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man, which opened in the US and UK on Tuesday, is the first film made about the superhero with radioactive blood since Tobey Maguire hung up his spandex after 2007’s Spider-Man 3. It broke box office records for a Tuesday launch in the States, taking $35m, and now has a Facebook page boasting over 1.7m ‘likes’.
And comic book fans who’ve thrilled to the sight of Garfield battling Rhys Ifans’ scary-but-multilayered Lizard have another treat in store on Friday 20 July when DC Comics’ premier crime-fighter Batman returns to the silver screen in The Dark Knight Rises.
In the meantime, if you’re hankering for more from Stan Lee’s wall-scaling superhero, check out our multi-media-tastic look back at seven of his previous on-screen incarnations.