The Amazing Spider-Man movie, released this week and starring Andrew Garfield will be the first of a trilogy. The announcement was made via the movie's Facebook page, following its record-breaking Independence Day opening in the US. The movie raked in millions on Tuesday (July 4, 2012) as hoards of patriotic Americans flocked to the cinemas to see the highly-anticipated blockbuster.

The statement, from Sony, read "The Amazing Spider-Man is the first instalment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero's journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents." It has long been expected that a sequel would be required to continue the story of Spider-Man's childhood mystery but it has now been confirmed that two sequels will be made. James Vanderbilt was hired in March 2011 to start writing the first sequel. Fans of the movie will now be pleased to learn that the saga will continue, most likely, over the next few years.

Vanderbilt told "these movies typically have life beyond a single movie. Obviously there's a narrative obligation to tie up all the loose ends. But I feel like, why not dance with the idea that there's going to be a larger story? There's enough stuff going on, enough obstacles that Peter Parker has to face, that we didn't need to wrap up everything. We could leave people more curious about the future."