Lately, many comic fans have begun to name Sony the worst of the CBM creators, surpassing WB and FOX (although both of those have seemingly begun to bring their A-game recently). Sony’s recent Amazing Spider-Man 2 seemingly performed less than they had hoped, and fan reaction mostly ranged from disinterest to disgust. For the last few months, the future of the Spider-Man films seemed in doubt.
Well, fans don’t need to worry (?) anymore, as villain-centered spin-off Sinister Six, and Amazing Spider-Man 3 now have release dates….just not the initial ones! Sinister Six, The Hollywood Reporter….reports, is set to open November 11, 2016, with the third Amazing Spider-Man set for sometime in 2018.
November 2016 is actually a safe date….by then, The Hunger Games films will be over, so Sony might be trying to claim November as their own…however, they will have to deal with the Harry Potter prequels. But the real note-worthy item stemming from this is…originally, Amazing Spider-Man 3 was set for June 10, 2016! Meaning, it’s being pushed back two whole years!
Now, many box office analysts have been theorizing that ASM2 underperformed due to “franchise fatigue”, so it may be smart of Sony to wait until Spider-Man is fresh again. On the other hand, 2018 will have been FOUR years after film 2. Will that be too large a gap? And will audiences care about Sinister Six at all?
Many fans have been petitioning for Marvel Studios to regain the rights to the web-slinger, and reportedly, if Sony spends too much time idle, Marvel gets the rights by default. Meanwhile, no updates regarding the other spin-off, Venom.
Currently, Drew Goddard (Buffy, Cabin in the Woods) is writing Sinister Six. No director has been confirmed yet. Thoughts?