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The last several days have seen a flurry of activity behind the scenes of next summer’s impending sequel to 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man.

On Monday we got our first look at the new costume (following a tease from director Marc Webb’s Twitter feed last week), which looks like a cross between the Raimi suit (with the raised webbing) and the Mark Bagley look from the Ultimate comics (with the big white eyes), and is probably the closest we’ve gotten to the classic look on film.

On Tuesday several set photos emerged courtesy of MovieClips.com which offered little in the way of plot details but prominently displayed the new suit along with the first shots of Shailene Woodley in the role of Mary Jane Watson.

In other news, Dane DeHaan (of last year’s Chronicle and Lawless) briefly spoke with the New York Times last week about his various upcoming roles, including his preparations for the role of Harry Osborn.

I’ve been preparing. Right now it’s just about getting all my work done and bulking up a little bit. I’ll start shooting fairly soon in New York. I work out incredibly intensely six days a week and I eat every two hours. Mostly proteins and veggies. I consume at least 3,000 calories a day. I’ve already gained seven pounds in six weeks!

Those tidbits have already fueled speculation among fans about Harry’s possible role in the film’s story that would require such a strenuous workout.

And this morning, the Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Chris Cooper has been cast as Harry’s father Norman Osborn, the man who would become the villain Green Goblin, joining the increasingly crowded all-star cast which already includes Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giammatti as Rhino. Norman Osborn was briefly mentioned (but never fully shown) in the first film as the terminally ill head of OsCorp, the company whose experiments created both Spider-Man and the Lizard. With Norman & Harry mk.2 now set for their debut, we’ll see if Cooper and DeHaan can beat out Willem Dafoe and James Franco for dysfunctional father-son duo of the decade.

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds, life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can't come quickly enough. Peter hasn't forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen's father to protect her by staying away – but that's a promise he just can't keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is scheduled to hit theaters May 2, 2014, also starring Martin Sheen, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jeff Pinkner, and directed by Marc Webb.

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