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As we’ve known for some time, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to feature a myriad of villains and/or their alter-egos: so far, it’s been confirmed that Electro and Rhino will be featured in the film, as will Norman and Harry Osborn, both of whom have been the Green Goblin in the comics.  Rumors also about that Vulture or Black Cat will make appearances or get sequel set-ups.  Further, an increasing number of hints and leaks point towards an eventual Sinister Six storyline coming up.  So it’s with no real surprise that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 production has set up a viral site leaking hints about the existence of Venom and Hobgoblin in the Amazing Spider-Man film continuity.
As Coming Soon notes, the Amazing Spider-Man viral site The Daily Bugle Tumblr features a fake news article about the trial of Curt Connors, a.k.a. The Lizard from the first Amazing Spider-Man.  The article is written by comic book character “Ned Leeds” (a character with ties to Hobgoblin in the comics), and article mentions attorney Anne Weying (ex-wife of Eddie Brock, a.k.a. Venom) and Donald Menken (who appeared in the first Hobgoblin story.

A trial date has been set in the New York Appellate Court for alleged bio-terrorist Dr. Curt Connors. The former Oscorp biogenetics scientist has been indicted on twenty city and state counts, including trespassing, malicious destruction of property, theft of private property, aggravated assault, and using a weapon of mass destruction. Connors has pleaded “not guilty” to all counts. It is expected his defense attorney, Anne Weying, will claim Connors was not responsible for the actions of his genetically transformed alter ego, the Lizard.

Connors claimed that pressure placed on him by his employer, Oscorp, led him to rush his bio-restorative formula and test it on himself. He further stipulated to the grand jury that his decision to use the untested compound was made in an effort to protect the company from experimenting on innocent civilians, as directed by his superiors. Connors’ immediate supervisor at Oscorp, Dr. Rajit Ratha, has been missing since the day before the Lizard’s attack.

Oscorp spokesman, Donald Menken, responded, “We can’t corroborate or deny Dr. Connor’s claims. Dr. Ratha’s abrupt departure from Oscorp has left us with far more questions than answers. Needless to say, Oscorp has always complied with the most stringent local, state and federal regulations for all of our research and development.”

So, is this just a goofy red herring to help pass the time on a slow news day, or is the franchise really building up towards a Sinister Six film?