The future of the Spider-Man franchise has been in flux since the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 earlier this year. Previously, Sony had set release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4 for June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018, respectively, and they obviously had big plans for The Sinister Six and Venom mapped out. But Roberto Orci’s recent comments and word that the whole franchise was “up for grabs,” those dates started to look more and more unlikely.
Now THR reports that Sony has dated The Sinister Six for November 11, 2016 and pushed back The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to 2018, an even bigger delay than what was whispered in the blogosphere earlier this summer. It’s no surprise that Sony is doing everything they can to hold onto this franchise, because it obviously has the potential to make some big money. I’m actually slightly surprised that they would push these films back, because that actually gives the appearance that they care about the property and want to do it justice by giving the filmmakers time to craft good screenplays for these movies, and I honestly wasn’t sure if Sony cared that much about the creative integrity of the franchise. But I guess we can look at this as a sign that they’re trying to right the wrongs of previous movies, and hopefully they’ll be able to deliver something that gets fans excited about the Spider-Man universe again.
I’m a big fan of Drew Goddard, so I still have some hope for The Sinister Six – especially with Goddard writing and directing and Kurtzman and Orci being nowhere near this one. Here’s a question, though – will Andrew Garfield return for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2018? I’m guessing he’s contracted for one more movie, so he might not have a choice in the matter. No word yet on the future of that Venom spin-off, but at this point it seems like Sony is slowing things down a little and trying to get a grasp on this universe before it spins completely out of control.
Is this the right move for the future of the cinematic Spider-Man?
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