An official synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been revealed.

Columbia Pictures wrote in an official statement: "In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy - between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can't come quickly enough.

"Peter hasn't forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen's father to protect her by staying away - but that's a promise he just can't keep.

"Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past."

Columbia also announced that Paul Giamatti will take on a role in the movie, while Thor's Colm Feore will also play an unnamed part in the film.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 began shooting this week in New York State, and director Mark Webb has revealed that it will be shot on film rather than digitally.

The movie is scheduled for a May 2, 2014 release.