Superhero sequel to bow May 2, 2014

Nearly a year before Columbia Pictures reboots its most lucrative superhero franchise with “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the studio has set a date for its sequel, which will bow on May 2, 2014.

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone star in Marc Webb’s “Amazing Spider-Man” and the duo are expected to reprise their roles of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy.

James Vanderbilt has already been hired to write the sequel.

With Sony dating a sequel that hasn’t even been greenlit yet, it indicates that the studio has confidence in “Amazing Spider-Man,” which is skedded for release July 3, 2012.

Rhys Ifans co-stars as Dr. Curt Connors, aka The Lizard, while Martin Sheen and Sally Field play the protag’s Uncle Ben and Aunt May.

Sam Raimi’s original webslinger trilogy grossed nearly $3.5 billion worldwide, in addition to billions more in related merchandise and licensing deals.

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