The Amazing Spider-Man DVD/Blu-ray is available in stores today, but we’re taking a look at what to expect to see in the film’s sequel.

You’re probably picking up director Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot today, despite most likely already seeing the film multiple times in theaters (considering it raked in over $750 million) and we’ve already seen all the deleted and behind-the-scenes clips – but what can we expect from the film’s sequel?

Details we already know about the sequel

  • Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will obviously be returning for their roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Both of these actors are huge stars now and after their roles in The Amazing Spider-Man, they’re only going to get bigger. Stone has a big role coming up in Gangster Squad and Movie 43, and Andrew Garfield is most likely working on a film between the next Spider-Man’s shoot date, which starts at the beginning of 2013.

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  • Director Marc Webb is returning for the film’s sequel and he’s very interested in the villain Electro (Electro was rumored to be the person who visited Dr. Connors in his cell during the post-credits scene). He’ll also be looking to include the Green Goblin, which is reportedly one of his favorite comic villains.

  • Norman Osborn should play a large role in the sequel. While re-using Osborn seems almost like a lazy choice, he’s such an integral part of Parker’s story that it would be very difficult to continue without him entering Spider-Man’s life. Plus, Webb is a fan of the Green Goblin and we imagine Parker will run into his old friend Harry Osborn.
     
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  • There have been rumors that Mary Jane will make an appearance in the second film and that Shailene Woodley may be in the running to play the character. This will definitely occur, as Webb has confirmed she will be in the sequel.

  • Marc Webb wants to branch out from the film’s main story line, having already planted the back story of Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s origins. This is a given. With the original trilogy still in the minds of the public, Webb is going to want to move very quickly away from the story that’s already been told. In The Amazing Spider-Man he had to retell a lot of filler and back story, but in the sequel he has the ability to blaze a new trail for Spidey and we imagine he’ll be making some interesting plot choices.

    What we expect to see in the sequel

  • A love triangle between Mary Jane, Gwen Stacy, and Peter Parker. Why? Because awkward love triangles sell tickets. Marc Webb will definitely have his say about the script, but he’s still at the mercy of the studio. Plus, the more women in Peter’s life, the more villains can “attack his heart!”
     
    The Amazing Spider-Man sequel Gwen Stacy & Peter Parker

  • Multiple villains. Webb will definitely work Norman Osborn into the film, which means the Green Goblin could make an appearance and he’s made it clear he’s “excited” about Electro – but he is a comic book fan and if we know anything, it’s that they love having multiple villains gang up on their superheroes.

  • [Possible plot spoiler] Gwen Stacy possibly dying. Crazy, we know – but in the Spider-Man comics Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) dies during a battle between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man. This is unlikely though, because Emma Stone has become a mega-star and Sony Studios will most likely be against killing off someone who is essentially a bigger star than Andrew Garfield now.
     
    The Amazing Spider-Man sequel Peter Parker

  • Peter Parker will be in college and continue the work that his dad started. In the comics, Parker is a genius, we know this from the original trilogy, but Peter is no slacker. He will be taking college as seriously as he can while battling multiple villains, but his main goal will be to ace his physics exam. This realism in the first film sold the story and we think Marc Webb will use it to his advantage again in the sequel.

  • More point of view shots in IMAX 3D. Sadly 3D wasn’t “just a fad,” but luckily for us Marc Webb knows how to use it. Webb has said that the 3D shots won him over when he saw them on screen and that he wished he had used the point of view shots of Spider-Man swinging through the city a bit more. With audiences erupting with applause during the scenes where Spidey swings from boom crane to boom crane, we can’t blame him – the 3D looked flawless and was probably the best use of the technology in 2012 (Yes, even more than in Avengers).

    Look for clues about the sequel in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

    The Amazing Spider-Man end credits scene

    Sometimes, when watching a film in theaters (especially one of this size) an audience just doesn’t have time to pick up on all the details that the director hoped you’d catch. When you’re watching the film again today at home, take the time to catch any tiny details that you may have missed that they worked into the film. Director Marc Webb admits that there were “Easter eggs” in the film that no one had pointed out yet that were clues about the sequel, so be on the look out for them.

    Take the time to watch the deleted scenes, or the final clip where the mystery man (rumored to be Electro) comes to Dr. Connors’ cell, it’s quite an interesting scene – you may even notice that Connors defends Parker and asks that he (Electro) “leave the boy alone!”

    Also, check out this video where director Marc Webb and The Amazing Spider-Man’s Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Jerome Chen discuss the film and possible “Easter eggs” in the DVD/Blu-ray.

    We hope you enjoy The Amazing Spider-Man on DVD/Blu-ray this weekend and be sure to come back and let us know if you catch any new details that you previously missed.

    The Amazing Spider-Man’s sequel has a release date set for May 2, 2014.

  • 20 Frodo and Bilbo Baggins quotes to sweep you off your feet

    Alive or dead dragons, I wouldn't dare laugh at either.

    11:30 am EDT, September 22, 2016

    It’s Hobbit Day, aka Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday! To celebrate, we’ve got the wittiest, wisest, and best Frodo and Bilbo quotes from all four books.

    Best Frodo and Bilbo quotes:

    1. “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.”
      – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
    2. Frodo: “‘Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam, would he, dad?'”
      Sam: “Now, Mr. Frodo, you shouldn’t make fun. I was serious.”
      Frodo: “So was I.”
      – Frodo and Sam, The Two Towers, The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
    3. “Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.”
      – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
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    5. “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
      – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
    6. “Farewell, King under the Mountain! This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has been more than any Baggins deserves.”
      – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
    7. “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.”
      – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Short Cut to Mushrooms
    8. “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
      – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Long Expected Party
    9. “There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?”
      – Frodo, The Return of the King, Homeward Bound
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    It’s Hobbit Day, aka Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday! To celebrate, we’ve got the wittiest, wisest, and best Frodo and Bilbo quotes from all four books.

    Best Frodo and Bilbo quotes:

    1. “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.”
      – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
    2. Frodo: “‘Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam, would he, dad?'”
      Sam: “Now, Mr. Frodo, you shouldn’t make fun. I was serious.”
      Frodo: “So was I.”
      – Frodo and Sam, The Two Towers, The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
    3. “Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.”
      – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
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    5. “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
      – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
    6. “Farewell, King under the Mountain! This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has been more than any Baggins deserves.”
      – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
    7. “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.”
      – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Short Cut to Mushrooms
    8. “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
      – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Long Expected Party
    9. “There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?”
      – Frodo, The Return of the King, Homeward Bound
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    11. “Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!”
      – Bilbo to himself, The Hobbit, Inside Information
    12. “Yes, you have seen a thing or two since you last peeped out of a looking-glass.”
      – Frodo to himself, The Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings
    13. “Bother burgling and everything to do with it! I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!”
      – Bilbo, The Hobbit, Roast Mutton
    14. “It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.”
      – Frodo, The Return of the King, The Scouring of the Shire
    15. “‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.'”
      – Frodo quoting Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, Three is Company
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    17. “I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way.”
      – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Council of Elrond
    18. “So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!”
      – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
    19. “I can manage it. I must.”
      – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
    20. “Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Come tomorrow! Good-bye!”
      – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
    21. “It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
      – Frodo, The Return of the King, The Grey Havens
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    23. “All that is gold does not glitter,
      Not all those who wander are lost.”
      – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, Strider
    24. “I should like to leave the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them. But I don’t feel like that now. I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.”
      – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Shadow of the Past

    Tell us your favorite Frodo and Bilbo quotes in the comments!

    With one reason for every inning of America’s pastime, here’s why you’ve got to watch Pitch — the story of Ginny Baker, the first female major league baseball player.

    1. Ginny is a badass

    It sounds tropey, but it’s true. Kylie Bunbury’s Ginny Baker is everything you could want in such a singular protagonist. Confident and strong, yet vulnerable in her impassivity, Ginny’s physical and emotional capabilities are quickly established — and just as quickly challenged.

    Ginny humanizes the superhuman aura that surrounds high-level athletes, while never losing the essential strength that makes her a great ballplayer, and a badass character.

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    With one reason for every inning of America’s pastime, here’s why you’ve got to watch Pitch — the story of Ginny Baker, the first female major league baseball player.

    1. Ginny is a badass

    It sounds tropey, but it’s true. Kylie Bunbury’s Ginny Baker is everything you could want in such a singular protagonist. Confident and strong, yet vulnerable in her impassivity, Ginny’s physical and emotional capabilities are quickly established — and just as quickly challenged.

    Ginny humanizes the superhuman aura that surrounds high-level athletes, while never losing the essential strength that makes her a great ballplayer, and a badass character.

    2. It’s a baseball TV show!

    While there have been a handful of baseball-related television shows in the past (and CBS tried to launch a series based on A League of Their Own back in 1993), the sport has mostly been colonized by film. But baseball is its own long-form story, stretching out almost daily for 162 games a year. A week-by-week look into the evolving narrative of a baseball season just screams TV, and Pitch is ready to deliver.

    3. Ginny isn’t a ‘smurfette’

    Ginny Baker steps into a world so thoroughly dominated by men that it would have been easy to cast her as the only significant female in the series. Pitch deftly avoids that trap, supporting Ginny with her firecracker agent Amelia Slater (Ali Larter) and a strong friendship with her teammate’s wife Evelyn (Meagan Holder). Pitch isn’t just about girl power, but it’s got plenty to offer.

    4. It’s an inside look at professional sports

    It’s tempting, as fans, to reduce the sport we love to what happens on the field, restricting the narrative to the winners (and losers), but Pitch dives into the business around baseball, from the vise-like pressure of media attention to the front office politics that are so often shrouded in mystery.

    Slick general manager Oscar Arguella (Mark Consuelos) covers the ground between team manager Al Luongo (Dan Lauria) and the Padre’s owner, while players carefully observe the shifting values of their team. Winning, Pitch makes clear, is as much a product of what happens off the diamond as on it.

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    5. It’s got drama

    Pitch does more than use baseball as a backdrop (this isn’t Moneyball writ small), but it’s not just concerned with balls, bats, and cleats. Professionalism only goes so far where major social change is concerned, and the Padres clubhouse quickly becomes a source of tension between Ginny and many of her teammates. That’s in addition to the family drama Ginny brings with her — which, trust us, is a lot more intense than it seems.

    6. The music is amazing

    Forget “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Opening with a pulse-pounding synth violin, the music of Pitch takes off into a realm of unique, intense, and captivating tunes. Even if Ginny’s badassery doesn’t inspire you to get off your couch, the show’s music just might.

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    7. It’s really diverse!

    Pitch boasts a diverse cast of characters, reflecting the reality of modern baseball, as well as… well, reality. Ginny herself is African-American, and half the main cast is made up of people of color. It doesn’t seem like race will be a central subject in Pitch, but the show’s makeup is a valuable addition to a television landscape that values representation.

    8. It’s deeply psychological

    For a show about sports, and therefore, about physical bodies, Pitch takes its time to consider what goes on inside the heads of athletes under pressure. From the fishbowl scrutiny of a stadium full of fans, to the grueling mental toll of becoming the best, Pitch cares as much about what’s going on inside Ginny’s head as what’s going on with her arm.

    9. ‘Pitch’ lets us imagine, “What if?”

    As it stands today, Pitch is not a realistic series. There are little to no avenues for women to grow in professional baseball; though girls can play Little League, those who wish to pursue the sport are usually shunted to softball.

    But Pitch invites us to imagine an unrestricted future for women in baseball. What if a girl had enough talent and grit to make it? What if the system let her through? What if she used finesse instead to succeed in a sport of brute strength?

    It’s not a reality yet. But maybe someday life will imitate this truly groundbreaking art.

    Pitch premieres tonight at 9:00 p.m. on Fox.

    What are you excited to see in ‘Pitch’?

    Finally, J.K. Rowling is here to give you the definitive answer to the age old Harry Potter fan question: What is your Patronus?

    We got a Hogwarts House quiz. Then we got another Hogwarts House quiz. Then we found our Ilvermorny house, and now — at last — J.K. Rowling’s official Patronus quiz is live on Pottermore.

    Note that the quiz parameters are very strictly defined: The quiz itself is timed, and you can only take it once (per account). So make sure you’re ready before you start! Good luck.

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    Finally, J.K. Rowling is here to give you the definitive answer to the age old Harry Potter fan question: What is your Patronus?

    We got a Hogwarts House quiz. Then we got another Hogwarts House quiz. Then we found our Ilvermorny house, and now — at last — J.K. Rowling’s official Patronus quiz is live on Pottermore.

    Note that the quiz parameters are very strictly defined: The quiz itself is timed, and you can only take it once (per account). So make sure you’re ready before you start! Good luck.

    When J.K. Rowling took the test a while back, her answer was a pine marten. I actually got this result as well! But apparently, Jo is allowed to take the quiz multiple times (which, you know, fair enough, she did make up this quiz + everything else we’re obsessing about), and this time she got a heron. Anyone else get a heron like Jo?

    The quiz results seem to vary greatly. We’re not sure exactly how many different results there are, but other fans are reporting a wide variety of animals lynxes, chow dogs, wildcats, white and chestnut stallions, dolphins, leopards, St Bernard dogs, orangutans, tortoiseshell cats, foxes, weasels… you name it, this quiz has it! Unfortunately Pottermore doesn’t give any information about what these animals represent, though we are to imagine they somehow connect to our happiest memories.

    In a press release, Pottermore says there’s more to come about “[the Patronus spell] and its outcomes.” In addition, they’ve confirmed there are magical creatures in the quiz, but they’re rare.

    The quiz is very fun, and different from anything else we’ve tried on Pottermore so far. Instead of simply answering questions it’s all very intuitive, as you journey through a forest, and encouraging words (that we like to imagine are from Professor Lupin) about your progress in casting the spell.

    Some people will find that the process is relatively straightforward, while others might be prompted to answer a few more questions before they get their final result.

    Take the quiz right now, and come back here to share your results in the comments!

    What is a Patronus?

    In the Harry Potter series, the Patronus is a wispy creature that emerges from a witch or wizard’s wand when they cast the “Expecto Patronum” charm.

    The creature serves as a manifestation of your happiest memory, and is summoned to ward off evil forces. It’s very hard to produce a Patronus, and it was therefore very remarkable when Harry learned to do it in his third year, when he used it to save Sirius Black from the Dementors.

    Harry Potter’s Patronus is a stag, which was his father James’ Animagus form (the animal he turned into when he transformed). Lily Evans’ Patronus was a doe, which fit perfectly with James’ stag — but as Severus Snape loved Lily, too, his Patronus was also a doe.

    In fifth year, Harry taught the Patronus charm to the members of Dumbledore’s Army. Hermione’s was an otter, Ron’s was a Jack Russell terrier, Ginny’s was a horse, Luna’s was a hare, and Cho’s was a swan. Clearly, there are as many different results to the Patronus quiz as there are variations of the charm in the Wizarding World.

    Not satisfied with your quiz result?

    If J.K. Rowling’s own Patronus quiz didn’t give you the answer you wanted, well… that’s canon for you, right? But we’ve still got a fun alternative: Find out which of these bizarre creatures is your true Patronus, and compare the results!