Sony has slated the third and fourth installments in its Amazing Spider-Man movie franchise to come out on June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018, demonstrating that the studio has plenty of faith in its Marc Webb-helmed reboot starring Marvel Comics’ wall-crawler.
That’s because the second movie in the franchise hasn’t even wrapped filming, with no clear indication as to how much interest fans may have when the sequel hits theaters on May 2 next year. Of course, given the first movie’s $750 million worldwide box office, chances are pretty good for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to achieve similar success—and justify another two movies.
Also of note: by already slating a fourth movie, this would bring the Amazing Spider-Man franchise further than the film series helmed by Sam Raimi that first launched back in 2002. A post on the The Hollywood Reporter offers up a quote regarding the news from Sony vice chairman Jeff Blake:
“Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.”
Sure — that’s thrilling for you. But what about us comic fans hoping to see Spider-Man swing through the skyscrapers with other Marvel Comics heroes flying in the background? Because Marvel didn’t create its movie-making division until 2008’s first Iron Man movie, it licensed its characters out to different movie studios. That’s why 20th Century Fox makes X-Men and Fantastic Four movies, while Spidey’s stuck at Sony. We can have all the Avengers flicks we want—but until Sony and Fox straight-up botch their Marvel-adapted movies, we’ll probably never see them all sharing a movie universe.
Having another two movies already in the pipeline is definitely good news for fans of Spider-Man. But for those of us who want to see the webhead hang with Wolverine and Captain America, this is a bittersweet victory at best.
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