Sony Pictures has been disappointing lately due to such big-budget failures as “After Earth” and “White House Down.” But thanks to the “Spider-Man”franchise, the studio is confident that it can still consistently be profitable.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” was released in 2012 and went on to gross over $750 million worldwide. Sony wants to do even better, which is why they spent a whopping $200 million on the sequel.
After that, the studio is apparently planning to expand thefranchise.
“We are expanding the ‘Spider-Man’ universe into ‘The Sinister Six’ and ‘Venom,’ so that we have ‘Spider-Man’ movies every year,” said Sony.
The expansion will start with “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” which will once again be directed by Marc Webb and is set to hit theaters in June of 2016. “Venom” will be directed by Alex Kurtzman (“Star Trek” and “Transformers” writer), while Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) will write”The Sinister Six” with an eye to direct.
My take: I personally…think Sony should give this one back to Disney and Marvel so Spiderman can become part of the Universe it was born in. But alas, Sony plans on beating it’s money ticket into the ground. Not that I don’t like what The Amazing Spiderman has done with it’s reboot….and I’m a pretty big fan of Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer)…but I guess with this news it’s becoming less and less likely that we’ll ever see the web-slinger ride The Hulk into battle.
Above Venom Image by Dan LuVisi