Columbia Pictures, the film studio arm of Sony Corp, says The Amazing Spider-Man will be the title of the next Spider-Man film, hitting theatres on July 3, 2012.

The studio also released a photo of American-British actor Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, the first shot of Garfield in the famous full mask and suit.

One of the most successful in film history, Spider-Man's three previous motion pictures had collectively earned over $2.5 billion in worldwide box office.

The fictional superhero Spider-Man first appeared in the pages of a comic book called Amazing Fantasy, issue No. 15 in 1962. The response was so positive that publisher Marvel Comics launched The Amazing Spider-Man series in 1963.

The new film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The film, whose official website is http://www.TheAmazingSpiderMan-movie.com, is now in production and is being shot entirely in 3D.

Other actors in the film include: Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field.