Although The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is just starting pre-production, director Marc Webb has already announced that he will definitely not be helming the planned fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Webb surprised fans of the series by indicating that the third film will be his last as a director, although he would like to stay involved in the franchise some capacity:
I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else.
Webb also commented on Sony’s planned spin-off films that will revolve around villains like Venom and the Sinister Six.
We’re building out a more complicated Spider-Man universe with characters that people haven’t seen in other Spider-Man movies—The Sinister Six, Venom, and more. We’d all love to overlap with other studios, but it’s beyond my pay grade.
In addition to Webb being out, stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are also not officially on board for the fourth film, so there are a lot of unknowns regarding the future of the franchise at this point. We’d previously heard that ASM 2 is supposed to be kicking off a new trilogy of Spidey stories, so the news that Webb won’t be the director responsible for finishing that off is a little surprising. One thing that is known is that The Amazing Spider-Man 4 is scheduled to be released on May 4, 2018. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released on May 2nd of this year, introducing Jaime Foxx as Electro and featuring Paul Giamatti’s four minute cameo as The Rhino, while The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has a June 10, 2016 release date. I can barely plan my day, let alone four years in the future, so well done, Sony.
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