‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ to be first of a trilogy

Updated: Jul 07, 2012, 17:56 PM IST

London: Sony Pictures has announced that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is the first film in a new trilogy for the franchise.

A sequel to the reboot, starring British actor Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, has already been given the go-ahead for release in May 2014, the BBC reported.

Sony revealed news of a third new instalment on the film’s Facebook page earlier this week.

‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ directed by Marc Webb, was released in the UK and the US on Tuesday.

It broke US box office records for a Tuesday opening taking 35 million dollars, and went on to take another 23.4 million dollars on Wednesday’s Fourth of July holiday.

The fourth Spider-Man marks a new start for the franchise, after director Sam Raimi’s three record-breaking films between 2002 and 2007, starring Toby Maguire in the title role.

By Friday, more than 11,800 fans had “liked” the Facebook announcement confirming another two films.

“It’s finally here. 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,” the post read.

Co-starring Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field, the film retells the story of how a radioactive spider bite enhances teenager Peter Parker’s strength, agility and senses.

It is thought the franchise could expand further, with a spin-off in development for Spider-Man baddie Venom and reports that Marvel Comics’ supervillains, the Sinister Six, could also feature.