Marc Webb Reveals He Won't Be Directing 'The Amazing Spider-Man 4'
Last summer, Sony Pictures staked out dates for two more sequels in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. The studio set The Amazing Spider-Man 3 for June 10th, 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 for May 4th, 2018. Now director Marc Webb has already confirmed that he will be at the helm of the third film in the franchise, but that will be his last film, at least as director, with the webslinger. Talking to The Daily Beast (via Superhero Hype), Webb revealed, "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." Read on!
Webb adds, "I've had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it'll be the time to find something else." Three films and five years is a long time to spend with any singular character, so we're not surprised that Webb wants to move on after the third film. That does raise some questions as to what will happen with The Amazing Spider-Man 4 though. Many were surprised that a fourth film was already dated for 2018, but lots of behind the scenes talk indicates that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 begins a new trilogy arc.
However, last December, star Andrew Garfield indicated that he wasn't yet contracted for the fourth film. Speaking about the second movie, the actor said, "I’m under contract for another one after this. As far as a fourth one? That's not anything to do with me." Is there a chance that Sony merely said the 2018 film would be The Amazing Spider-Man 4, because they hadn't officially announced the Venom or Sinister Six spin-offs yet? We don't think that's the case, but obviously some strings still need to be pulled to get The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in order. But there's plenty of time for that. Stay tuned.