Is Sony Shifting Their SPIDER-MAN Film Schedule?

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I know it’s hard to believe, but there was a Spider-Man movie that released just a few weeks ago. To no one’s surprise, the film under performed at the box office, making it the lowest grossing film in the franchise, Rebooted or other wise. Before the film was released, Sony laid down some series plans for the franchise, one that not only included two more sequels, slated for 2016 and 2018, but also two spinoff projects. A Venom film with Alex Kurtzman at the helm and a villain-centric Sinister Six movie with Drew Goddard set to direct. The studio stated that we can expect to see a Spider-Man film every year for the foreseeable future. However, after the critically panned Amazing Spider-Man 2Sony may be rethinking their plans.

While reporting on the big news regarding Warner Brothers’ possible film schedule, AICN dropped a bit of news, stating that Sony is bumping the release date for the The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and hints that big things may be happening.

I have been told that THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 has been moved to an undetermined date in 2017. Time for a second reboot?

It goes without saying that at this point, this should be treated as nothing but hearsay, as Sony has been rather tight-lipped since the Spidey sequel released. But, don’t be shocked if this is true. At least the release date part of the quote. The third film in the franchise already has a script ready to go, with Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield set to return. It is very possible that Sony is rethinking their approach to the shared film universe that was being set up. One of the biggest complaints about the most recent film was ASM2_mainthat too many villains were used- a problem that is not unusual to this character- so dropping a third film that would likely add even more to the franchise and then turn around and release a spinoff that is nothing but villains in it may be a bonehead move. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them slow things down and re-evaluate their approach.

Now, as for the reboot suggestion, I’d be very surprised if that happens. Fans seem to be rather underwhelmed with the current set of films and if Sony reboots again, I fear fans, and average joes, will give up and move on. Not what they need. In this nerd’s opinion, they need to just stay the course, but take a more streamlined approach. Marc Webb’s strength is character development and character driven stories and with the events that occur at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, now would be the perfect time to embrace that approach.

This will be an interesting story to watch, assuming there is any truth to it at all. It could certainly spell trouble for the franchise and Sony in general. What do you think? Should thy start over again or stay the course and fix the problems they’ve got? Sound off below!

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