I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but superhero movies are kind of a big deal right now. Sony was one of the first studios to produce some of the really great ones with Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, and now – more than ten years later – the studio is making plans to keep your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man visiting your local cineplex for at least the next five years.
The L.A. Times reports that in addition to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which kicks off next year’s summer movie season on May 2nd, 2014, the studio has set release dates for TWO more Spidey movies after that. The third film in this newly-restarted franchise will come to theaters on June 10, 2016, and the fourth entry will hit on May 4, 2018. That’s a lot of Spider-Man.
I just wrote about how The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could be getting crowded with potentially four villains in the mix in addition to the dual love interests of Gwen Stacey and Mary-Jane Watson. But this announcement makes us think that a lot of these characters are going to have much smaller roles in the upcoming movie, with – hopefully – a lot of setup for future films. That method is much more preferable than stuffing everyone in the same film – until, of course, we finally get to the point where Spidey faces off against the Sinister Six.
With Marvel’s massive success building an intersecting cinematic universe, it looks like Sony is attempting to really lay the proper groundwork of their own and keep the story contained to just one franchise. We’ll see how it plays out for them, but these future sequels have to be an improvement over The Amazing Spider-Man, right? Hopefully they’ll build on each other that will make that movie retroactively better, like how the Fast & Furious franchise has increased the meaning (and overall value) of Tokyo Drift years later. Thoughts?
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