With the incredibly successful release of DC Comics Man of Steel and fans hyped up on all things superhero, Sony and Marvel want to get in there and steal some of the thunder with the announcement that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be released in cinemas on 10th June 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 on 4th May 2018.
After taking home a staggering $750 million in the worldwide box office with The Amazing Spider-Man last year, director Marc Webb, who is currently filming Spidey 2, has certainly got his worked cut out if he’s due to be signed on for further Spidey films. No more details have been released yet for 3 and 4, including writers or directors, but I would expect that Andrew Garfield and co will continue throughout the franchise and have probably signed multi-picture contracts locking them in regardless.
And if any of you were hoping for Spider-Man to appear in The Avengers, Sony have pretty much quashed that one with a bold statement suggesting they won’t be giving up the rights to Spider-Man anytime soon.
Read the full press release below;
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 17, 2013 – With Sony Pictures Entertainment now in production in New York on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, slated for release on May 2, 2014, the studio is planting its flag on two future release dates for one of the most successful franchises in studio history, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. The next two films in the story of Peter Parker will be released on June 10, 2016, and on May 4, 2018, respectively.
Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The executive producers are E. Bennett Walsh, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.
The Amazing Spider-Man took in over $750 million at the worldwide box office last year.