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Roberto Orci Leaves 'Amazing Spider-Man 3,' So When Is It Coming?

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July 12, 2014
Source: IGN

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Just last month we heard a rumor that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 might not end up arriving in theaters on June 10th, 2016 as Sony Pictures planned, even before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrived. Now it sounds like there might be some credence to that rumor as co-writer Roberto Orci has revealed that he's no longer involved in the third film in the rebooted Marvel franchise. This is likely due to the recent professional parting of the ways between Orci and his producing and writing partner Alex Kurtzman back in April, but a change like this puts the certainty of the franchise's release timeline into question. Read on!

Speaking with IGN, here's what Orci said when asked about The Amazing Spider-Man 3:

“I’m not officially involved in it. I don't know what their plans are for that franchise. I don't ever want to say never, but we have to figure out what their scheduling is in terms of when they want each movie. I've read probably as much as anyone else. There's a love for ‘The Sinister Six,’ the idea of ‘Venom’ -- there's an idea of Spider-Man's going to be one of these characters that's part of our business. He's such a popular character. Spider-Man's not going to go away any time soon. When it all happens and how and all that has yet to be determined. I don't want to say anything about what they should do. I don't want them to think I'm spilling the beans about something."

That sounds like it's not really his concern anymore, and that's not surprising since Orci has to worry about making his feature directorial debut with Star Trek 3 for producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures. While we had heard that the spin-offs for Venom and The Sinister Six would arrive before The Amazing Spider-Man 4, it sounds like either one could arrive before The Amazing Spider-Man 3, depending on how soon Sony Pictures gets all their ducks in a row. The real problem is that the studio has a franchise that is losing its audience with every new film.

The most recent sequel is the lowest grossing Spider-Man film to date (when you adjust for inflated ticket prices and 3D surcharges compared to the box office for Sam Raimi's trilogy), and if fans aren't turning out as much for the main hero franchise, why are they going to care about the spin-offs? It seems likely that Sony has some work to do when it comes to the direction of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and a delay couldn't hurt so maybe audiences don't get overloaded on the webslinger, even if that already seems to be the case no matter what they do. Sony should probably just give Spidey back to Marvel. Thoughts?

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  • MattPeloquin
    Spider-man should be with Marvel. I can see X-Men and Fantastic Four being split off because their source material is gigantic and mostly isolated to their own worlds, but Spider-man should go back to Marvel.
    • http://www.youtube.com/user/skazillashmack Danimal
      Preach it!
  • Stephen Ritchie
    Call me crazy but I would actually like to see a "proper" version of Venom and The Sinister Six in an actual Spider-Man movie instead of a solo film which can be done clearly, but it seems Sony is just taking the lazy approach with this franchise. There doesn't need to be a Sinister Six solo film. Venom can work but I would want to see a proper version of his origin being done in a Spider-Man film first like I said. They have handled TASM very poorly, you can't deny the second one was a mess which is why this is happening. I don't know if it was fan feedback or just stupid studio executives yet again putting their hands all over it. Look at Fox with the X-Men franchise, they are slowly getting to redeem themselves with the last few films they have made. Look at Sony with the Spider-Man franchise which will never seem to reach that potential. Best thing Sony can do is just give the rights back to Marvel damn straight but nope they probably won't. They just need to wake up now.
  • Stephen Ritchie
    Also relating to Orci directing Star Trek 3, it has been said Paramount has yet to even see a script and if they want to move forward with Orci is unconfirmed. I just hope they put him out the director's chair or it would be a total disaster.
  • JudgeMethos
    Marvel would've planted the seed for Venom in the FIRST movie of theirs just by introducing Eddie Brock. He more than likely wouldn't have become Venom until later in the franchise! Just the 'What ifs' alone are awesome when thinking of how Marvel would do a proper Spidey movie.
  • Chris Groves
    I think the fact that TASM 2 was the lowest grossing Spider-Man film ever and the worst reviewed Spider-Man film ever had a big impact on their 'universe building' plans. Since the movie has come out I don't believe we've gotten a single update on Venom, Sinister Six, or TASM 3....other than this. I seriously doubt that TASM 3 is going to make that June 2016 release date, evidently they have no writers and that release is less than 2 years way. Getting a film out in less than 2 years didn't work when going from TASM to TASM 2.
  • el copi
    TASM 2 sucked. I wouldn't watch a third movie in theaters.
  • Bl00dwerK
    Still haven't seen part two...
    • Brandon V. Fletcher
      Wait for DVD or something
    • MLTC
      Wait for VHS or something. No, but it's good.
  • cobrazombie
    Wish he'd leave Hollywood too... I think they need to rest Spider-Man for a few years, or at least integrate him into some other superhero movies. Spidey's solo efforts so far have been wildly variable in quality.
  • Nielsen700
    Oh no! He's SOOOOO talented.
    • MLTC
      LOL!

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