The Amazing Spider-Man 2's The Daily Bugle viral website was updated earlier today with the story of a bizarre bank robbery that seems to hint the villainous Shocker may be a part of this sequel. The unidentified robber apparently left with over $200,000, after some sort of vibration managed to rip the bank vault door off its hinges. Check out the full report from City Bureau reporter Ned Leeds.
November 27, 2013
By Ned Leeds, City Bureau
The NYPD are the city's greatest heroes, but sometimes even heroes are left scratching their heads. For instance, when $200,000 goes missing from the armored vault at G.K. Mason Bank.
Detective Stan Carter of the NYPD Major Crimes Unit was on scene to comment, stating, "There's still a lot we don't know, but it looks like some kind of sustained vibration literally shook the door off its hinges and ripped the walls apart in the process." Security cameras inside the bank were damaged upon the immediate forced entry of the robber, denying police a clear view of the perpetrator or the means of rupturing the vault.
When asked if the NYPD had concerns that the nature of the crime might indicate heightened super-human activity, Carter said, "There's no evidence to point to that yet. When we catch him, we don't expect anything more than a common crook with a clever toy."
Here's a description of Herman Schultz, a.k.a. Shocker, and his powers from Marvel Wikia.
"Herman Schultz was a career criminal who, after several prison terms for robbery, built a battle suit that sent out shock waves to quickly open safes as well as give himself a one-up on the authorities. The Shocker had the ability to shock his enemies with his hand held vibro-shock units, but because the vibrations were so fierce, he wore a heavily insulated suit. During his first outing as the self-styled "Shocker" he ran into and defeated Spider-Man (albeit the hero was suffering a broken arm at the time) who became Schultz's nemesis.
Early on in his career Shocker often acted as either a thief or subordinate to the more prominent of Spider-Man's foes such as Kingpin and The Owl. Shocker joined Mysterio's Sinister Seven, Green Goblin's Sinister Twelve (and even Doctor Octopus' short lived makeshift Sinister Six during Civil War.) Other villains he teamed up with include Rhino, Boomerang, Leila Davis, Trapster, Hydro Man and Speed Demon- these villains along with the Beetle made up the Sinister Syndicate."
Back in September, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Jamie Foxx confirmed that there has been talk of including the Sinister Six in either The Amazing Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man 4. While the Shocker's inclusion in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has not been confirmed, it's possible he may make an appearance to set up a Sinister Six story line in the future.