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New viral article for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reveals more potential villains

10.24.2013

The Daily Bugle Tumblr has posted another fictional news story, and like the last viral article for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, it contains references to several characters who become villains in the comics. Are all of these characters going to appear in Marc Webb's sequel? No (at least not in costume, anyway), but it does hint at which ones could make an appearance in future films. The article was written by Ned Leeds (I'll get to that in a moment) and is about the upcoming trial of Dr. Curt Connors.

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.” 

In the comics Ned Leeds battled with Peter Parker for the affection of Betty Brant, secretary for The Daily Bugle. Leeds was also the Hobgoblin for a while after he was brainwashed into thinking he was the villain by Roderick Kingsley, the real Hobgoblin. Anne Weying (Connor's attorney in the article) was married to Eddie Brock at one point, but she was also She-Venom for some time after she was shot and had to join with the symbiote in order to save her life. Donald Menken might not sound incredibly familiar, but he was a very loyal employee of Norman Osborn, and one of his first appearances in the comics was at the beginning of the first full Hobgoblin story.

Like I said, this doesn't mean these characters will definitely show up in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 or the planned sequels, but I do find it interesting that there are two Hobgoblin references in the article. Maybe Sony is seriously considering using him in one of the future films?

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper, Colm Feore, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Felicity Jones and B.J. Novak, and will be released on May 2nd, 2014.

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5:23AM on 10/25/2013

I remember when

I was like the only person who admitted they liked the amazing Spider-Man and couldn't wait for the follow up, now people like riz -man a the soloist ( biggest examples I could think of) have really changed their tune about both the upcoming sequel and original amazing movie!
I was like the only person who admitted they liked the amazing Spider-Man and couldn't wait for the follow up, now people like riz -man a the soloist ( biggest examples I could think of) have really changed their tune about both the upcoming sequel and original amazing movie!
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10:49AM on 10/24/2013

All those charges are gonna stick

But the murder charge for a police captain...they'll let it slide
But the murder charge for a police captain...they'll let it slide
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10:20AM on 10/24/2013
Spiderman having a "Species" style encounter with a female venom would make for an interesting movie plot twist. Its doubtful it would be as violent as species was but it would still be interesting none the less.
Spiderman having a "Species" style encounter with a female venom would make for an interesting movie plot twist. Its doubtful it would be as violent as species was but it would still be interesting none the less.
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10:00AM on 10/24/2013
Not entirely related, but I remember reading the junior novellisation for Spider-Man 2 as a kid. It took a unique format of a compilation of Daily Bugle articles, and had a number of tidbits relating to other Spidey villains, including an article about special effects genius Quentin Beck who was making a Spider-Man movie, and letters to the editor from businessman Wilson Fisk and power line worker Max Dillon, who weren't fans of Spidey. Some of it came off pretty forced, but I thought it was an
Not entirely related, but I remember reading the junior novellisation for Spider-Man 2 as a kid. It took a unique format of a compilation of Daily Bugle articles, and had a number of tidbits relating to other Spidey villains, including an article about special effects genius Quentin Beck who was making a Spider-Man movie, and letters to the editor from businessman Wilson Fisk and power line worker Max Dillon, who weren't fans of Spidey. Some of it came off pretty forced, but I thought it was an interesting way to build on the universe in the Raimi movies, and I guess these viral articles are doing the same for the Webb series.
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9:42AM on 10/24/2013
Am I retarted? I don't see Ned Leeds name in the "article." Is everyone bad in spiders universe besides his family, his 2 girls, their families, and the daily bugle. One reason why I like batman universe better is bc they have more non super powered (in some way) villains. There's a lot of other characters, who may be POS, but not all ppl bats has to fight. Then of course like Gordon, fox, Alfred
Am I retarted? I don't see Ned Leeds name in the "article." Is everyone bad in spiders universe besides his family, his 2 girls, their families, and the daily bugle. One reason why I like batman universe better is bc they have more non super powered (in some way) villains. There's a lot of other characters, who may be POS, but not all ppl bats has to fight. Then of course like Gordon, fox, Alfred
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10:56AM on 10/24/2013
The quoted article is credited to Leeds on the Tumblr page. Yes, many of Spidey's baddies start off as people he knows in real life.
The quoted article is credited to Leeds on the Tumblr page. Yes, many of Spidey's baddies start off as people he knows in real life.
11:02AM on 10/24/2013
Yes. "The article was written by Ned Leeds (I'll get to that in a moment) and is about the upcoming trial of Dr. Curt Connors."
Yes. "The article was written by Ned Leeds (I'll get to that in a moment) and is about the upcoming trial of Dr. Curt Connors."
11:02AM on 10/24/2013
I think Ned Leeds is the credited "writer" of the article. At the link, it says "By Ned Leeds, City Bureau"
I think Ned Leeds is the credited "writer" of the article. At the link, it says "By Ned Leeds, City Bureau"
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9:30AM on 10/24/2013
Using a weapon of mass destruction? I'd prolly put that feel first, and if I was him, I'd feel pretty confident they'd they'll at least run destruction of property and theft of private property concurrent
Using a weapon of mass destruction? I'd prolly put that feel first, and if I was him, I'd feel pretty confident they'd they'll at least run destruction of property and theft of private property concurrent
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9:18AM on 10/24/2013
By the way...Dr. Rajit Ratha disappearing after the Lizard bridge attack was one of those niggling things that bothered me after the movie...where the f did he go...the Lizard's attack was thwarted. Fortunately, the deleted scenes in the Blu-ray reveal all. He had a slightly bigger role in the movie...and a relatively important plot point was completely removed from the final cut which I think might have sent the movie in another direction.
By the way...Dr. Rajit Ratha disappearing after the Lizard bridge attack was one of those niggling things that bothered me after the movie...where the f did he go...the Lizard's attack was thwarted. Fortunately, the deleted scenes in the Blu-ray reveal all. He had a slightly bigger role in the movie...and a relatively important plot point was completely removed from the final cut which I think might have sent the movie in another direction.
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9:12AM on 10/24/2013
Didn't really enjoy Amazing Spider-man and began to dislike it more the more I thought about it afterwards. I recently bought it for my son on Blu-ray...and I'm not so against it now...not sure why. Perhaps it's that I like the direction they're heading in now...and the attempt to create a universe (alas off the back of only one character). That said...I'm gonna be p*$$ed off if say a name like Ned Leeds is referred to and then totally dismissed in the follow up movies like...the Eddie Brock
Didn't really enjoy Amazing Spider-man and began to dislike it more the more I thought about it afterwards. I recently bought it for my son on Blu-ray...and I'm not so against it now...not sure why. Perhaps it's that I like the direction they're heading in now...and the attempt to create a universe (alas off the back of only one character). That said...I'm gonna be p*$$ed off if say a name like Ned Leeds is referred to and then totally dismissed in the follow up movies like...the Eddie Brock (already working for the Bugle) reference in Raimi's first movie. I swear...I keep on going on about that point...no one ever backs me up in that it was referred to or mentions that I got it wrong and it was never mentioned. Did I dream the mentioning of his name?
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10:55AM on 10/24/2013
All they said was Eddie. It was a nice wink to those in the know, but certainly not something they had to completely commit to.
All they said was Eddie. It was a nice wink to those in the know, but certainly not something they had to completely commit to.
8:36AM on 10/24/2013
I honestly think they're releasing all these names to keep us guessing. Which will be nice when the movie does come out and we can actually be surprised about something. Also I agree with cereakiller's comment below. My thought goes hand in hand with his. (hers)?
I honestly think they're releasing all these names to keep us guessing. Which will be nice when the movie does come out and we can actually be surprised about something. Also I agree with cereakiller's comment below. My thought goes hand in hand with his. (hers)?
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8:30AM on 10/24/2013
I'm not sure if they are literally referencing villains or just doing what I wished more superhero movies were doing: using applicable supporting characters when available. When you have a reporter and a lawyer character that actually exist, why bother making one up. There were so many so-called "original" characters in the Nolan Bat-movies that might as well have had names of actual supporting characters. Same with Agents of SHIELD. They didn't need to make up new names for all those
I'm not sure if they are literally referencing villains or just doing what I wished more superhero movies were doing: using applicable supporting characters when available. When you have a reporter and a lawyer character that actually exist, why bother making one up. There were so many so-called "original" characters in the Nolan Bat-movies that might as well have had names of actual supporting characters. Same with Agents of SHIELD. They didn't need to make up new names for all those characters, comic counterparts exist.
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4:28PM on 10/24/2013
Yup. Between the Burton & Nolan movies there were two characters who could have been Harvey Bullock but weren't: Lt. Eckhart and Det. Stephens. I honestly think it has to do with creators of the comic characters getting money if their names are used. Chuck Dixon said he received a paycheck from WB after Bane was used in TDKR, and Dennis O'Neil was also paid for Ra's Al Ghul and Talia. Doug Moench, creator of Bullock, got jack squat even though his character was basically used in two of the
Yup. Between the Burton & Nolan movies there were two characters who could have been Harvey Bullock but weren't: Lt. Eckhart and Det. Stephens. I honestly think it has to do with creators of the comic characters getting money if their names are used. Chuck Dixon said he received a paycheck from WB after Bane was used in TDKR, and Dennis O'Neil was also paid for Ra's Al Ghul and Talia. Doug Moench, creator of Bullock, got jack squat even though his character was basically used in two of the biggest movies of all time. But since Bullock is a side character and not a major hero or villain the writers of the movies changed his name. When it comes to Spider-Man pretty much all of his supporting cast was created by Stan Lee, and since he's getting paid anyway Sony can use all the proper comic names they want.
10:21AM on 10/25/2013
@jackie, that's depressing
@jackie, that's depressing
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