Recent days have brought with them trailer previews, a new triptych banner, and a handful of electrifying images, and it’s all been gearing up to this: The first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Marc Webb is back behind the camera, with Andrew Garfield reprising the iconic titular role. And with the trailer attached to screenings of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug from next weekend, Sony couldn’t have picked a better time to launch it.

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), 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.

Garfield is once more joined by a terrific cast, with Emma Stone starring opposite as Gwen Stacy in the female lead, and Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Chris Cooper, Brian Haley, Colm Feore, and B.J. Novak completing the ensemble nicely.

Webb is directing from a script written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, Lost), based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man).

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released in 3D on 18th April, 2014 here in the UK, with its US release date following soon after on Marvel’s favourite weekend, May 2nd.

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Since graduating, I spend as much time as possible watching films/TV shows, reading books, and listening to music. So getting to write about what I love is nothing short of awesome. Biggest film-related hope for 2014/ever: Guy Ritchie announcing the RocknRolla sequel is finally moving forward.