Director Marc Webb has been adamant that he wants to build a full-fledged world in his upcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequels, and some new viral promo content hints at a whole lot of classic baddies.
The production team has put together a Daily Bugle Tumblr page, which essentially serves as a real extension of the fake newspaper in the Spidey-verse. If you’re wanting to go on an easter egg hunt, this is the best place to start.
The mysteries started flowing a few weeks ago with a news story about how Oscorp is doing fine in the wake of the Lizard’s assault in the first film. That story name-drops Spencer Smythe, who Marvel fans might recognize as the scientist who builds the Spider Slayer robots in the comics. Now, that's interesting.
But things get even more intriguing with the latest Bugle report, which talks about a trial date being set for Dr. Curt Connors. In that piece, we learn that Anne Weying exists in the movie-verse — which means we might meet her ex-husband Eddie Brock, or see her take on the symbiote herself as She-Venom.
It’s also worth noting that the article was written by fictional reporter Ned Leeds, an established comic character, who at one point brought the Hobgoblin to life. That was later retconned, but it doesn’t mean Webb won’t use it.
Here’s the latest news story from the ‘Bugle:
A trial date has been set in the New York Appellate Court for alleged bio-terrorist Dr. Curt Connors. The former Oscorp biogenetics scientist has been indicted on twenty city and state counts, including trespassing, malicious destruction of property, theft of private property, aggravated assault, and using a weapon of mass destruction.
Connors has pleaded 'not guilty' to all counts. It is expected his defense attorney, Anne Weying, will claim Connors was not responsible for the actions of his genetically transformed alter ego, the Lizard.
Connors claimed that pressure placed on him by his employer, Oscorp, led him to rush his bio-restorative formula and test it on himself. He further stipulated to the grand jury that his decision to use the untested compound was made in an effort to protect the company from experimenting on innocent civilians, as directed by his superiors. Connors’ immediate supervisor at Oscorp, Dr. Rajit Ratha, has been missing since the day before the Lizard’s attack.
Oscorp spokesman, Donald Menken, responded, “We can’t corroborate or deny Dr. Connor’s claims. Dr. Ratha’s abrupt departure from Oscorp has left us with far more questions than answers. Needless to say, Oscorp has always complied with the most stringent local, state and federal regulations for all of our research and development.”
Of course, aside from the easter eggs, this also serves as a nifty way to keep the universe alive while we wait for the next sequel to roll around. Considering how many comic nods Webb is threading into this thing, we’d have to think all of these references have a reason behind them.
Which comic baddies do you want to see in the next few sequels?
(Via Coming Soon)