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On May 2nd, we will see the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel to the 2012 reboot of the friendly neighborhood hero. The second installment of Sony’s new Spidey franchise will see the return of director Marc Webb, returning from the first film.
It seems to be a trend for certain blockbuster films now-a-day when writers or directors announce very early on that they will be returning for the next installment in a franchise. And a few weeks ago, it was announced that Webb is already set to return to the director’s chair for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which is currently set for release on June 10th, 2016.
Sony seems to be piecing together their own cinematic universe for the massively popular Spider-Man character, which a third and fourth film have already been announced, as well as a standalone film for the villain Venom, as well as a Sinister Six movie, featuring six of Spider-Man’s enemies.
However, despite his return for both TASM 2 and 3, Marc Webb spoke with The Daily Beast down at SXSW, where he confirmed that he will not return for the fourth film, set for release on May 4th, 2018. Here’s what Webb had to say:
I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else.
It’s an interesting move, but at the same time one that is fairly understandable. By the time The Amazing Spider-Man 3 hits theaters in 2016, Webb will have been attached to the Spider-Man franchise for a pretty long time, spanning back to 2010 when The Amazing Spider-Man was first announced. It makes sense that Webb would bow out after a trilogy and be able to continue on with any other projects in his career.
To expect Webb to stay put with the franchise past the third film would be expecting a bit much. It’s pretty fair to assume that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will introduce already-teased characters like Vulture and Doctor Octopus, and continuing the story of Goblin. Then, once Webb’s tenure is over, the Sinister Six and Venom story lines can expand as they please.
What do you think of Marc Webb’s statement? Do you think bowing out after three films is admirable?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters on May 2nd
Written by Josh Sazin on 3/17/14