'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' Rumored to Be Delayed Until 2017 Now
While reporting yesterday's rumor about the linked release schedule for Warner Bros. Pictures' comic book properties from DC Comics, the folks at AICN have tossed another rumor onto the fire, but this time about another studio and their comic book cash cow. Despite the fact that Sony Pictures had already set releases dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2016 and 2018 respectively, the rumor is the studio wants to delay the third film in the franchise to an unknown date in 2017. It's not surprising since The Amazing Spider-Man 2 saw box office receipts plummet after a promising opening.
If you go and look at the box office earnings for every other Spider-Man movie since Sam Raimi's first adaptation, they've been dropping steadily since then, and it's only gotten worse with the reboot franchise. Audiences just might be getting fatigued with seeing the same basic story played out over two different franchises, just with different actors and different villains. In order for Spider-Man to work again, he's going to need a nice long break after this third film, or have some kind of drastic change that doesn't give us the origin story that everybody in the world knows all over again. This new franchise attempted to play with it a bit, but it's been such a contrived messy part of the series so far.
Marc Webb is already slated to return to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but it'll be interesting to see how Sony regroups if this delay of the sequel is true. Will this have an impact on their development of the Venom and Sinister Six spin-offs? If films that have Spider-Man as the star are losing their appeal, then films about the lesser known villains probably aren't going to fare much better. We'll keep you posted.