Blame 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.)
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.