'Sinister Six' & 'Venom' to Hit Theaters Before 'Amazing Spider-Man 4'
Last summer, Sony Pictures surprised everyone by planning way ahead with release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10th, 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 on May 4th, 2018. Then the studio revealed just how big their Spider-Man universe would be by announcing villain spin-off films Venom and The Sinister Six, the latter just gaining Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard. Though neither of those latter two films have official release dates yet, producer Matt Tolmach gives us an idea of what's happening with The Amazing Spider-Man release plan, and it might mean some date jockeying. Read on!
“Before we know what we do with Spider-Man 4, we're going to do Sinister Six, Venom and Spider-Man 3. There is going to be a lot of crossover in those movies. So we're just not at Spider-Man 4, because we still have a whole other Spider-Man movie and two other movies. So we don't know yet what [Spider-Man 4] is going to be.”
That makes perfect sense, especially since The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be Marc Webb's last film in the franchise, and star Andrew Garfield has revealed that he's not yet contracted beyond the third film. In fact, Tolmach confirms that the 2018 placeholder may not specifically be for The Amazing Spider-Man 4, but simply for a film in the Spider-Man franchise in general. So there's a chance that we might see Venom or The Sinister Six take that release date instead.
Of course, those films could possibly get off the ground before 2018. That seems unlikely, mostly because The Amazing Spider-Man 3 doesn't arrive until 2016, and getting three Spider-Man films done in the span of two years seems like a tall order, even with different directors and writers working on them. The question is just how will these villain spin-offs change the game for Spider-Man and lead into a fourth film in the franchise. But first and foremost, we're still wondering how Venom and The Sinister Six will work without the presence of Spider-Man as the hero. Stay tuned for any updates.