With a number of villains already set to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, viral sites continue to tease more additions to the Spidey Cinematic Universe.
Viral sites have been an important part of online advertising for a few years now, and the upcoming release of Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is no different. A couple of sites have popped up, with The Daily Bugle on tumblr offering some interesting tidbits over the last few weeks. They have released a number of news stories featuring characters from the Spidey-verse, most notably the Enforcers, Shocker, and the Sin-Eater.
Spider-Man vs. The Mob!
By Eddie Brock
What began as a mob shoot-out escalated into a full-blown superhuman slugfest when the vigilante known as Spider-Man appeared on the scene. An argument inside the Zero One Lounge turned ugly when reputed mob enforcer, “Fancy” Dan Brito, pulled a gun on rivals from the Manfredi crime family. As club-goers fled onto the streets of the Meatpacking District, Spider-Man dropped down out of the sky.
Not content to merely take the law into his own hands, bystanders claimed that Spider-Man mocked the thugs as he delivered a one-two punch that sent them soaring.
“It was hard to see from where I was hiding,” said witness Andrea Moore of Park Slope, “but I heard someone, I’m pretty sure it was Spider-Man, say, ‘I hope you’re not afraid of heights,’ and then one of those guys screamed as he landed on top of a fire escape.”
When pressed about any crimes she may have witnessed Spider-Man committing, Moore replied, “Crimes? It’s not a crime to round up stray dogs. What the hell are you talking about?”
Spider-Man disappeared as police arrived to find a dozen mobsters restrained with unmistakable webbing. Brito and his accomplices, Jackson “Montana” Brice and Raymond “The Ox” Bloch, spent the night in the 10TH Precinct holding cell. The NYPD has yet to announce what charges, if any, they plan to bring against the smack-talking vigilante.
Brito, led away in handcuffs, was overheard describing the encounter with the web-slinger: “Just when I thought I was out, he pulled me back in.”
Fancy Dan, Montana, and Ox are all member of the Enforcers, and the mention of the Manfredi family is a reference to Silvio ‘Silvermane’ Manfredi, a cyborg and crime boss with a stake in New York. Another interesting mention is the author of the article, Eddie Brock. Especially concerning the news that we will be seeing Venom and Sinister Six films in the near future.
Shocking Midtown Heist Foiled by Spider-Man!
By Ned Leeds, City Bureau
A shocking Midtown bank robbery was foiled yesterday by Spider-Man. New York’s superhuman vigilante caught the mechanically augmented robber, suspected in two previous bank heists, as he fled the scene with the stolen loot.
Police arrived on the scene as Spider-Man finished webbing up the suspect, who was arrested and later identified as disgruntled engineer, Herman Schultz. Schultz created wrist-gauntlets that are capable of emitting a vibratory wave of pressure that proved capable of tearing apart a four-foot thick steel vault.
NYPD Special Crimes Unit Detective Stan Carter stated that Schultz had officially been remanded into custody and is being held at the Ravencroft Institute pending his preliminary hearing. When asked how a “disgruntled engineer” could create such dangerous weapons, Carter said, “Shocking, right? All that genius but no escape plan.”
Key names in the latest article are of course Ned Leeds, who is Betty Brant’s husband as well as the first Hobgoblin (although he was framed and was never actually the Hobgoblin). Herman Schultz is the civilian identity of the Shocker, who has frequently plagued Spidey alone and as a member of the Sinister Six. Stan Carter is the murderer known as the Sin-Eater, who plays a crucial role in the downfall of Eddie Brock, which leads to his becoming Venom.
So while the viral sites are obviously building hype for the release of ASM 2, it’s clear they are still building a bit of the history that some of the future films will be drawing from. It remains to be seen if any of these characters mentioned will feature in ASM 2, but it’s rather unlikely considering the number of villains (3 at least) that we will see in the sequel.
We are sure to learn more on New Years Eve, with Spidey planning to make an appearance in Times Square. Yet another viral site – originally ElectroArrives.com, now EnemiesUnite.com – is presumably counting down to his arrival in Times Square. This particular viral site was originally found hidden in the first Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer, so chances are it’s counting down to something big.
We’ll have more on the viral teasers and Spidey’s appearance at Times Square in the new year, so be sure to check back.