Originally published: March 11, 2013 8:13 PM, as seen in Newsday, by Lisa Du
Long Island has already allowed Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America when “The Avengers” to save us in 2011. Recently, one of Marvel’s most beloved characters has returned to Bethpage’s Grumman Studios: Spider-Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel to the 2012 summer reboot about the wisecracking web-slinger superhero, a Nassau official with knowledge of the matter confirmed.
The sequel is expected to be one of the most expensive films ever shot on Long Island, both the county official and a rep for the state business agency Empire State Development Corp. confirmed.
The movie, directed by Marc Webb, began shooting in early February and has been spotted filming in various locations throughout New York City, according to the TV/film location website On Location Vacations.
The distributor, Columbia Pictures, has said the film will be shot entirely in New York State.
A reboot of the film franchise, the first Amazing Spider-Man film, focusing on superhero Peter Parker’s formative high school years, grossed more than $752 million worldwide.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will reprise their roles as Parker and Gwen Stacy for the second film, and Jamie Foxx will play the villain, Electro.
As Nassau becomes a more prominent East Coast film locale, thanks to support from local and state officials offering tax incentives, more films are expected to arrive at Grumman.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has hosted two-day tours of both Grumman and Gold Coast Studios for 15 film industry officials in the past. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo also broadened a tax credit for film and TV crews that do most of the production in-state.
Since 2009, the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency has awarded Grumman Studios tens of thousands in property tax breaks.
In 2012, the film industry brought in an estimated $90 million in economic benefits to Nassau as it hosted 650 production days — more than any New York City borough, except Manhattan.