We’re still a full year away from the release of Sony’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, but the studio decided to puff their chest today, and have announced the release of two more Spidey-centric flicks, which will release in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Considering the usual rest period between sequels (ignoring Michael Bay’s unholy work ethic in the Transformers series), this is quite a feat for the Wall Crawler.
Although, there’s been no mention of Marc Webb or Andrew Garfield returning for both of these films, which I’ll generically term The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 from now on. If Webb were to direct, that means that an entire decade of his life will have been dedicated to a single franchise, which seems exhausting by any stretch. And how about Garfield? 4 flicks for a single Spider-Man iteration? That seems a bit excessive, and even though I’m always happy to see Hollywood buck the trite trend of trilogies, I think there’s something they’re not telling us.
If my terribly inaccurate clairvoyance abilities are still reliable, I’m willing to bet that Peter Parker dies at the end of the third flick at the hands of Green Goblin, leaving the fourth one as a revenge story… led by Miles Morales.
Even though I love Donald Glover, I’d have to vote for Ramon Rodriguez (the annoying roommate from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). The dude’s Puerto Rican and hilarious, was there any other choice?
Here’s the full press release:
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 17, 2013 – With Sony Pictures Entertainment now in production in New York on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, slated for release on May 2, 2014, the studio is planting its flag on two future release dates for one of the most successful franchises in studio history, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. The next two films in the story of Peter Parker will be released on June 10, 2016, and on May 4, 2018, respectively.
Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The executive producers are E. Bennett Walsh, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.
The Amazing Spider-Man took in over $750 million at the worldwide box office last year.