Shocker, a dangerous criminal in "Spider-Man" world, is on the loose. In the viral site of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" for the Daily Bugle, a fictional New York City newspaper in the Marvel Universe, the villain is reported escaping from Ryker's Island.
"Incarcerated bank robber Herman Schultz has escaped from Ryker's Island days before the scheduled start of his trial on multiple counts of armed robbery, assault, and fleeing the scene of a crime," the report reads. "Schultz gained notoriety by committing his alleged crimes with the use of a homemade vibratory device that was capable of shaking a steel vault door off its anchor hinges."
"A Ryker's Island Corrections Department spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Schultz escaped by creating a hole through the three-foot thick concrete wall of his prison cell."
It continues, "The source said officials believe Schultz crafted vibratory gauntlets using materials he had cobbled together in the prison's workshop over the eight-week period he'd spent in the penitentiary. Questions remain regarding how Schultz managed to leave the island and navigate the notoriously difficult currents."
"The Corrections Department source speculated that Schultz had outside help, saying, 'He couldn't have just pointed his wrist-things at the water and vibrated his way over the East River, could he?"
For the past few months, the Daily Bugle has hinted at the impending appearances of Spidey's infamous villains like Spider-Slayers and The Vulture. Then, there was a confirmation about the making of "The Sinister Six" that will gather Spider-Man's most evil enemies.
A "Venom" film is also in the works, along with the third and fourth installment of "Amazing Spider-Man." "We are expanding the 'Spider-Man' universe into 'The Sinister Six' and 'Venom' so that we have 'Spider-Man' movies every year," said Sony Pictures' co-chairman Amy Pascal.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" will arrive Stateside on May 2. Andrew Garfield returns as the web slinger and Emma Stone is back as his high school sweetheart Gwen Stacy. The hero will face various enemies like Electro (Jamie Foxx), Goblin (Dane DeHaan), and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Alistair Smythe who would become the Ultimate Spider-Slayer will be portrayed by B.J. Novak.
Responding to concerns that there were too many villains in one movie, director Marc Webb assured it wouldn't be overcrowded. He told The Playlist, "It's about writing. We're aware of those movies and the complaints people had. The main villain is Electro. Every other villain emerges around that."
"We were careful to make sure the stories entertained. You had to make sure to create obstacles that were difficult to overcome. We wanted to make the physical and emotional obstacles difficult. Rhino is in it for four minutes so it's a legitimate comparison, but when you see the movie, I'm confident."
Indeed, The Rhino is expected to return for the next Spidey film as Giamatti already confirmed his appearance on "The Amazing Spider-Man 3".