What the Heck is Going on with Spider-Man? Who the Heck Knows

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Movie PosterBlame it on Marvel. After the studio did gangbusters with their movies, leading up to the gazillion grossing “The Avengers” in 2012, every Hollywood studio has “comic book movie franchise” stars in their eyes.

Out of all the studios, Warner Bros. seems to be the only one who understands what Marvel did, and are attempting the same thing slowly. (Or at least, it feels slow compared to all the other guys jumping in blindly with both feet.) I have no idea what the hell Fox is doing with the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, and I get the feeling Sony is just stumbling around like drunk sailors with their Spidey franchise.

Deadline currently has a long article about the state of Spider-Man at Sony, and the big takeaway is that the studio is not very pleased with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s” $700 million-plus worldwide box office take, and is looking to give ol Peter Parker a rest as a result.

Say, until 2018.

As you’ll recall, the studio, doing what studios always do, announced not just a third Spidey movie, but a fourth one as well even before “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ opened. Instead of 2016, though, the third movie will now be shifted over to 2018. (Which, if you’re keeping track at home, would make Andrew Garfield 50 years old when he suits up in the spandex the third time ’round. Or, well, close enough. I was never all that good with math.)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Movie Banner Poster

Don’t worry, though, kids! Sony still plans to “go Marvel” with their Spidey universe by expanding it with a bunch of superheroes and villains you will just love! To that end, they’re still moving forward with a “Sinister Six” spin-off movie that would focus on Spidey’s villains, half of which you already saw (or glimpsed) in “The Amazing Spider-man 2.” That’s in 2016.

There’s also a Venom movie being eyed for 2017, along with a new Spidey Universe movie starring a female superhero. We don’t know who she’ll be, just that it would be a female superhero set within the world of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” That is apparently the mandate from the brilliant studio heads. “Dammit, guys, get me a female superhero STAT!”

Yeah. This is how non-Marvel people “build” a movie universe. Badly. It all kind of makes you appreciate what Marvel is doing even more, doesn’t it?

Shoot, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t just decide to cut their losses and reboot Spidey again. It worked last time…sort of.

Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Movie Image

Why so lonely, Peter Parker?

Author: Nix

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  • Aegon the Conqueror

    If they reboot this Spider Man I will be pissed, they finally have the perfect Peter Parker.

    Felicia Hardy would not be a bad bet for the female superhero part.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Don’t think they’re rebooting. Just trying to figure out exactly what they’re game plan is. it went from a trilogy to like 6 movies before the second even hit theatres. So I think they just want to figure out how a Sinister Six flick would work, who they can actually spin off, etc. I think Black Cat would make a good anti-hero. She shouldn’t be a full on hero. I always liked that she was Spidey’s Catwoman.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    @ Nix Fox knows what they’re doing with the X-men flicks. We don’t but they’ve got the next few movies planned and such so there’s that. Fantastic Four just wrapped, but who knows what we’ll see from that anytime soon. But I’m sure they’ll be leaking concept art and such around NYComic Con time. Hopefully this is Sony trying to slow down so they can actually HAVE a plan in place for an expanded Spiderman Universe. Just no clones!!!

  • Lexavi80

    The best thing for Sony to do is sell the rights of Spiderman back to Marvel.

    But then, that would only happen in a perfect world…

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      NO NO NO!!! Cause then we’d lose Garfield! I want them to finish what they’ve started cause it’s actually good. After all this Then Marvel can have him back

    • 0ptik

      WHAT IF Marvel recently got the rights, and thats why Sony are not moving forward with the movies. AND they are preparing for a crossover where Spiderman is in Avengers 3? Marvel would keep it a huge secret and when Spiderman shows up, people are gonna go crazy.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Yeah that ain’t happening. LOL But it would be nice.