With May of next year as the target month for the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Sony Pictures publicity machine is rolling out its campaign for the film via Marvel’s fictitious New York newspaper The Daily Bugle. Bugle City Bureau reporter Ned Leeds broke this story concerning this unusual and strange bank robbery. Apparently, $200,000 was stolen from an armored vault at the G.K. Mason Bank. The nature of the crime indicates the possible involvement of super-human activity. Read the story here for more details.
November 27, 2013
By Ned Leeds, City Bureau
The NYPD are the city’s greatest heroes, but sometimes even heroes are left scratching their heads. For instance, when $200,000 goes missing from the armored vault at G.K. Mason Bank.
Detective Stan Carter of the NYPD Major Crimes Unit was on scene to comment, stating, “There’s still a lot we don’t know, but it looks like some kind of sustained vibration literally shook the door off its hinges and ripped the walls apart in the process.” Security cameras inside the bank were damaged upon the immediate forced entry of the robber, denying police a clear view of the perpetrator or the means of rupturing the vault.
When asked if the NYPD had concerns that the nature of the crime might indicate heightened super-human activity, Carter said, “There’s no evidence to point to that yet. When we catch him, we don’t expect anything more than a common crook with a clever toy.”
So, who could this mysterious super-villain be?
Recently, actor Jamie Foxx let it slip that the Sinister Six would be part of the storyline for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” and/or “The Amazing Spider-Man 4.” The only member of the Sinister Six that fits the description to pull off this type of robbery is The Shocker. Here is some background information on this dangerous Spider-Man villain.
Herman Schultz became a successful burglar and (according to him in later stories) the world’s best safe-cracker. After finally being caught and incarcerated for his crimes, he developed a pair of gauntlets designed to shoot air blasts, vibrating at high frequency.
Schultz uses his gauntlets to escape from prison and becomes the super-villain known as “The Shocker.” He defeats Spider-Man in their first confrontation (Spider-Man was at a disadvantage due to having a bad sprain in his left arm from his earlier battle with the Lizard) during a robbery. But he was later beaten and sent back to prison by Spider-Man while robbing a bank (who pinned Schultz’s thumbs away from the gauntlets’ triggers with his webbing then knocked him out.)
The Shocker has proven to be a constant presence among Spider-Man’s gallery of enemies. He often works as a member of a team most recently the Sinister Six, and the Masters of Evil) or in partnership with at least one other villain. Previous alliances include Boomerang, The Beetle, Rhino, Leila Davis, Hydro-Man and Speed Demon (all of which made up the Sinister Syndicate,) and Trapster, Constrictor and Jack O’Lantern.
Here is the storyline for the action/adventure/fantasy film.
Spider-Man squares off against the Rhino and the powerful Electro while struggling to keep his promise to leave Gwen Stacey out of his dangerous life.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will open in theaters on May 2, 2014. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Jamie Foxx, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Denis Leary, Sarah Gadon, Chris Zylka, Marton Csokas and Stan Lee. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner wrote the screenplay from a story by James Vanderbilt based on characters created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. Marc Webb directs.
Sources: The Daily Bugle via tumblr, wikipedia, IMDb