With Comic-Con 2014 less than 24 hours away from its grand start, the internet is a flurry of missed flights and scheduling headaches and excitement and worry and Hall H line preparation and ... release dates? Yep, the studios are capitalizing on the Comic-Con excitement to announce the release dates of some very geek-friendly films and Sony took the chance to let everyone know when they'll be able to see 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3,' 'Sinister Six' and 'Uncharted.'
The Amazing Spider-Man 3
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While a Shazam-powered 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' post-credits scene seems to hint at a Sinister Six lineup, reports thereafter confirmed that the official movie lineup has actually yet to be decided upon by 'Amazing Spider-Man 3' director Marc Webb and 'Sinister Six' director Drew Goddard. As they work out their scripts for the upcoming Spidey films, it couldn't hurt to speculate, and who better to speculate than Marc Webb himself.
Sony hasn't been shy about their plans for Spider-Man. Before 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' hit theaters, they had release dates for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 4.' They've announced spin-off films for Venom and the villainous supergroup known as the Sinister Six. The franchise's producers have openly mocked the idea of ever teaming up with Marvel Studios or 20th Century Fox for the kind of crossover comic fans all over the world so desperately crave.
In short, Sony wants to transform the Spider-Man movie franchise into a Spider-Man movie universe ... and as of right now, it's not working.
Andrew Garfield has publicly intoned that he's not long for the 'Spider-Man' franchise once 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' is done ("I know that I don't particularly want to be a 40-year-old Spider-Man..."). One of the popular theories is that the franchise will continue with a new Spider-Man, as Peter Parker hands over the reigns to fan favorite Miles Morales (who, in the comics, took over after the "Death of Spider-Man" storyline). It would be a neat way to keep the franchise coming, while also diversifying the superhero universe. Except, according to the 'Amazing Spider-Man' producers, it's never going to happen.
When rebooting the 'Spider-Man' franchise, director Marc Webb brought many of the classic characters with him to the 'Amazing Spider-Man' films. One character that didn't make the cut was J. Jonah Jameson, Peter Parker's blustery editor at The Daily Bugle. Jameson was played memorably by J.K. Simmons in Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' films and Webb now admits it's time for him to appear in the new series of films.
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' isn't in theaters for a few more weeks, but we're already talking about 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3.' And 'The Amazing Spider-Man 4.' And 'Sinister Six' and 'Venom', which today we learn will both arrive in between parts three and four of the 'Spider-Man' movies. If your choice of death involves overdosing on Spider-Man, the next few years are going to be very helpful.
With 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' set to hit theaters in just under two months, director Marc Webb has been one rather busy gentleman. In addition to promoting the new film, Webb is also preparing to go back to work for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3,' which will hit theaters in 2016 -- but for fans hoping that the director will stick around for the fourth film, we've got some news: Webb will sadly not be returning to the director's chair after Spidey's third installment.
It's a good thing people really like Spider-Man because he's the one thing Sony seems to be relying on at the multiplex. Although the studio fell on rough times these past few years, 2012's 'The Amazing Spider-Man' was a big hit and this year's 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' looks ready to rock the box, as well. But how much Spidey will audiences tolerate before they pull a J. Jonah Jameson and declare him a menace? Well, the folks at Sony are ready to push their luck on that front with plans to release one Spider-Man movie a year for the foreseeable future.