Sony announced today that director Marc Webb and lead Andrew Garfield are both locked down and confirmed to return for the Amazing Spider-Man sequel, whilst Emma Stone is in final negotiations to return as Gwen Stacy. The casting news might not be too much of a surprise, but Marc Webb's directing role was considered to be on shaky turf due to "obligations to Fox". The announcement will be welcome news to fans of Webb's work on the first film, and is also a gift to the film blogging community, as we will never tire of the fact that the director's last name is spider-pun gold.
The release date for the second film has been fixed since before the release of the first; you can see The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electric Boogaloo* in cinemas from May 2nd 2014. Production will begin next year and the sequel will, like the first film, be shot in 3D.
*Title tbc. But we think it will be this.