Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 pushed back to 2018

While Sony Pictures has been ambitious with its plans for the expansion of the Spider-Man universe through the current Amazing Spider-Man franchise, the second film in the series wasn't quite the massive smash the studio had been hoping for. Word now comes via Hero Complex that the third film to focus on the web slinger, originally scheduled for 2016, has now been pushed back to 2018.

But if you're wondering what might fill the Spidey void, the villains have your back. The Sinister Six, which Drew Goddard (The Cabin In The Woods) is writing and directing, will step in, taking aim with all its dastardly weapons at 11 November 2016. The film will feature the likes of the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), alongside a variety of others plucked from Peter Parker's rogues' gallery.

As for the third Spidey film, Marc Webb has said he'll return to close out an initial trilogy before getting back to non web-slinging projects and the new release date gives him the time to focus on the film, which Sony will no doubt hope bests the first film's box office takings, an achievement the sequel failed to manage. Expect Andrew Garfield's Peter to be dealing with the fallout from the tragic events of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and presumably finding new love with Mary Jane Watson, whether or not she ends up being played by Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), who had already shot scenes but was later cut from this year's film.

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