There’s little argument that Marvel Studios has done an exceptional job at building out (and then building on) their Marvel Cinematic Universe, the current gold standard for superhero multi-franchises — which is why Warner Bros. and DC are trying so hard to make their own, and also why Sony Pictures is trying to craft their own mini-universe out of Spider-Man-centric material — but duplicating that kind of success is extremely hard, and both Warner Bros. and Sony are sure to encounter some big bumps along the way.
That’s why it’s not exactly shocking that Sony may be in the midst of one of those bumps right now, as a rumor holds that the next Amazing Spider-Man film has been pushed to sometime in 2017. AICN’s Mr. Beaks reports that news, tantalizingly buried in a piece about the DC universe, simply sharing: “I have been told that THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 has been moved to an undetermined date in 2017.”
The last we heard, director Marc Webb was returning for the film — as of now, officially set to release on June 10, 2016 — though he had made it clear that he would not be back for the fourth film, currently set to hit theaters on May 4, 2018. If The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is being pushed a whole year, that could impact not just the ASM franchise, but the spinoffs Sony is trying to make happen, including Venom and The Sinister Six. Given chatter that the fourth Spider-Man film is not necessarily going to be The Amazing Spider-Man 4, and may be another related title (i.e. Venom or The Sinister Six), with the fourth film in the newly-rebooted franchise coming at an even later date, pushing the third film back could be especially tricky.
Basically, moving The Amazing Spider-Man 3 doesn’t just impact that direct line of superhero films, it could throw all of Sony’s plans involving a Spider-Man mini-verse into utter disarray.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has so far made almost $700M at the worldwide box office — not a flop, by most means — but that still places it as the lowest-performing Spider-Man film of all-time (the Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man 3 is the top earner). It is also the only Spider-Man film to have a “Rotten” score on RottenTomatoes, as it currently sits at a 53% rating.
However, this is all just a rumor for now, and it will be interesting to see if Sony addresses this in an official capacity any time soon — and we’re going to have to sit tight until we hear more.
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