Some news about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that’s potentially very exciting got dropped this weekend. It’s sort of a two-part story, with the first bit being a pretty concrete piece of casting news, and the second part being some spoiler heavy whispers about where the plot of these films is likely leading. We’ll put the more spoilery part beyond the jump, to be safe, so consider this your warning not to click if you don’t like knowing about awesome things before everyone else does.
The news starts with an actor named Colm Feore, who you might remember from recent roles in television’s Revolution or The Borgias. Comic Book Movie is reporting that they have it “100% confirmed” that he’s been cast in director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the role of Adrian Toomes, who longtime Spidey fans know better as the winged and persnickety super villain, the Vulture. What exactly Toomes is going to be up to in the movie, well that’s the part you’re going to have to click through to read.
Apparently this isn’t just going to be a case where Feore shows up in a brief scene where a bit player portraying a waiter gives him a coffee and says, “Here you go, Mr. Toomes,” while winking at the camera. No, Feore’s role will reportedly be a substantial one, where he full-on becomes the Vulture and ends up doing battle with Spidey.
That’s not the end of the news here though. CBM has some spy reports that say that not only is Chris Cooper going to be playing Norman Osborn in this movie, but that by the end of the film he’s going to go full-on Green Goblin in order to do battle with the wall crawler, as well. Throw in Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino, and what you have is the first four members of the Sinister Six, who are planned to be fully formed and ready to take on May Parker’s beloved nephew by the time The Amazing Spider-Man 3 comes along.
While it might sound a bit like wishful thinking at first glance, this news actually makes a lot of sense given how closely it resembles The Avengers’ winning financial strategy of introducing a group of characters over the course of a few films and then having them all unite for an epic smackdown in a box office behemoth down the road. This plan is on a slightly smaller scale than what The Avengers accomplished, of course, but not everyone can be Marvel—even though it seems like everyone is about to take a shot at it. With this, all of the characters of the various X-Men movies getting ready to meet in Days of Future Past, and the continued whispers that Warners might finally have plans in place for a Justice League movie, we might finally be entering that golden age of comic book team-up movies that geeks have been dreaming about for decades.