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, 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.