So reactions have been split over Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. Right now, it’s about $400,000 short of $700 million. At first glance that seems a decent haul. But take into account that this is the lowest grossing Spidey movie by over $50 million. The film has yet to reach $200 million in the US. When you add Sony head Amy Pascal’s reported boasting that it would gross a billion dollars worldwide, then you get the idea.
Now to add insult to box office injury Ain’t It Cool have heard that the third film in the franchise may get delayed:
“- but I have been told that THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 has been moved to an undetermined date in 2017. Time for a second reboot?”
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was set for June 10th, 2016 date, and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 for May 4th, 2018. However, the fourth entry was never actually confirmed to be The Amazing Spider-Man 4. With directors on-board The Sinister Six and Venom, it’s likely to be one of those films.
In April producer Matt Tolmach revealed that both spin-offs would actually release before ASM4.
It’s possible that The Sinister Six will take over the June 2016 slot. Drew Goddard who is writing and directing the villain film, recently dropped out from Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show. That seems to suggest it will be coming sooner rather than later. It would be a somewhat risky move tho. A movie focusing on villains, with Andrew Garfield’s Spidey likely to be a cameo at best, and of the six bad guys, we’ve only met Dane DeHaan’s Goblin and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. Although Electro and Lizard are possibles, they were not among the villains that Sony teased for the film. Then they could release ASM3 in 2017, followed by Venom in 2018.
Another possibility is is that Sony has taken into account the fan reaction and box office numbers, and are actually taking the time to get the script for the third film right, rather than rushing it into release less than two years after the previous entry as they did with ASM2. How that affects the rest of the films remains to be seen.
Of course none of this is confirmed so it’s still possible that we could see The Amazing Spider-Man 3 move forward as planned, but I can’t imagine Sony isn’t making at least some changes to the Spidey formula before the next film swings in.