Marc Webb Will Direct ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3′

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Even while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is still spinning a world-spanning web of promotion and marketing, hardcore fans are already eagerly awaiting the next step in Sony’s expansion of the Spider-Man movie verse.

In Amazing Spider-Man 2 we will see Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) coming into his own as Spider-Man, until new and more dangerous super-powered foes like Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) start to emerge from the labs of Oscorp, a corporation which may hold the secret to the fate of Peter’s missing parents. Beyond this chapter, we know that Oscorp will give rise to new threats like the villain gang The Sinister Six – and most likely Venom as well – following in the tradition of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book continuity.

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But before the big villain spinoffs, we will get Amazing Spider-Man 3 and apparently Sony is pretty happy with what they’ve seen from Amazing Spider-Man 2, because the studio is re-hiring franchise director Marc Webb to helm the third installment – which will hit theaters in June 2016.

Variety reported the hiring of Webb for ASM3 as part of a column on Sony’s need for more franchise tentpoles (Spider-Man is pretty much their only big cash-cow at the moment). As stated above, the re-hire indicates that the studio is confident enough in Webb’s sequel to continue with his vision for a third time. Not only that, but it also marks a distinctly different frame of mind for Webb, who had the following to say to us about directing Amazing Spider-Man 2 when we interviewed him back in 2012, just prior to the release of the first film:

I have loved making this movie – it’s a blast – but I just don’t know; it’s like asking a woman who’s just given birth, ‘Do you want to get pregnant again?’ I just have to nurse the baby and sell it. Then I gotta take a little time, go to a beach, have some coffee, relax, and see what comes. But I really just want to focus on finishing this.

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Indeed, there was a brief moment of question hanging in the air before Webb ultimately committed to directing Amazing Spider-Man 2, leaving some fans worrying that the demands (or constrictions) of a major superhero universe could’ve been either too overwhelming or not palatable to the director’s indie background. Now, with this early word that Webb is coming back for Amazing Spider-Man 3, it seems to suggest that he has found his comfort zone as a major franchise director.

But will fans see it that way?

The first Amazing Spider-Man got away (key words) with $750 million worldwide, largely thanks to padding like the (unfulfilled) promise of an “untold story,” upgraded special effects, and a premium 3D ticket price. With Amazing Spider-Man 2 the moviegoing crowd is now more savvy, the film no longer has the benefit of being an unknown quantity (people already know if they like this new version or not), and 3D is now usually considered a criminal gimmick unless proven innocent by word of mouth. In short: the sell is harder this time.

Of course, this time around the cast and director are more seasoned and confident in the brand; the writing team has been fleshed-out with heavy-hitters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; the goals for the story and movie universe are much loftier, and the effects look like they’ve only improved with time. Add to that the novelty of yet another “summer of superheroes” lineup to inspire people to see each of the Marvel superhero films on the docket, and ASM2 could end up doing quite well for itself.

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As for Amazing Spider-Man 3: we know that Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn could have a much bigger presence (as a potential big bad version of Ultimate Green Goblin?) and given what trailers and images have revealed about the second film, we could see the introduction of The Sinister Six, as well. After the third film both Webb and franchise star Andrew Garfield will have essentially fulfilled their obligations to get the Spidey Movieverse off the ground before spinoffs take over, so that could easily be the end of the line for one or both of them - though more likely Webb than Garfield.

I think I speak for the majority of fans when I say: let’s just hope that each film in this series vastly improves upon the one that preceded it, no matter who is at the helm.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2nd, 2014. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 10th, 2016.

Source: Variety

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  1. Nice, they’re keeping continuity both in plot and behind the camera too then at least. Good news.

  2. Biggest no-brainer news of the year. But good news, I like Marc Webb and he’s done an admirable job with Spider-Man.

    • Actually it wasn’t no brainer news at all. You would think it would be, but it was very uncertain for a period of time if his contractual obligations to Fox (he signed a contract with them during release of 500 Days of Summer that put him two films in debt to the studio) would allow him to return even for The Amazing Spider-Man 2!

      • I thought the same thing. I think he actually had a contract or something with Fox preventing him from working on this third installment. This news actually comes as a surprise to be honest.

  3. I must have missed that earlier interview, because I know I would have remembered that hilariously awesome quote from Webb where he starts in with a metaphor and then forgets to carry it properly through his whole statement:

    “…it’s like asking a woman who’s just given birth, ‘Do you want to get pregnant again?’ I just have to nurse the baby and sell it. Then I gotta take a little time, go to a beach, have some coffee, relax, and see what comes.”

    I know what he was trying to say, obviously. But the weird way it came out is just so great.

    • Ditto! Hahaha that was classic.

    • Just curious…

      What do you mean he didn’t carry the metaphor through the rest of his statement? He definitively finished the metaphor and moved on to make the point he was trying to make. It was a complete statement…nothing was left hanging.

  4. Awesome bring on Doc Ock, Venom, Kraven, Mysterio, and Scorpion at some point.

  5. Good news but I also want to see what Marc Webb can do other than Spider-Man. I wouldn’t want a talented director to become a one trick pony.

    • 500 Days of Summer was actually a pretty good flick, shook up the standard rom com formula. I to would like to see him move on too other projects but I want him to finish his trilogy first :) The new trailer looks pretty dope!

  6. Don’t hate me for saying this but I’m pretty sure Raimi was a lock for Spidey4 before Spider-man 3 came out…

    Just sayin…

    • He walked out due to creative differences with the producers… (I think he was saving Venom for the 4th but was pushed to include him in the 3d) which I hope will NOT happen again with this one, because it will be a sign of yet another reboot *sigh*

      • I’m just saying they shouldn’t count their chickens before they hatch. They’re talking about Sinister Six, Venom, TASM3, and TASM2 hasn’t even been released yet.

        It reminds me of all the Spidey4 talk back in 2007 when they said Malkovich was gonna be Vulture and Anne Hathaway was gonna be blackcat… never happened.

        • Don’t worry I know ALL too well the details of why Raimi left the franchise after the studio screwed him on Spidey3.. That movie should’ve been awesome, not a steaming pile.

        • It did happen. Both actors were signed. The only issue was the script. Raimi wanted more time and like the article said, spidey IS Sony’s tentpole property, so they couldn’t budge. The reboot was a contingency plan (which they had to have, this is really it for them right now, they even gave up James Bond for spider-man). Spider-man 3 made 900 million dollars, it was very much profitable, the studio experience any adverse effects that would make them drop Raimi.

          If you ask me announcing a sinister six film is the smartest thing sony could do. For one thing they need to expand this franchise as much as they can, and spidey’s rogues gallery is much more interesting than his roster of supporting heroes. Second of all no other studio is doing anything like this. Marvel is building the Avengers team ups, DC has the Justice League rushing to screens, no other studios are doing villain centric films- let alone a team up.

          I get spider-man 3 wasn’t great, but your logic is flawed in this case.

          • Spider-man 4 didn’t happen man!! They had plans but the plans fell apart.

            I’m down for Sony announcing films for a Spider-man universe and all I think that’s great! I’m just skeptical that all the stuff they announce will actually get made.

  7. YAAAAY !!!

  8. I’m not too enthusiastic about the movie itself, I’m not sure I even want to watch the 2nd… but for this (as well as the Joss Whedon Avengers 3 rumor), I must say it’s great to have the same director to avoid inconsistencies and to keep the continuity and style inline with the prequel. The same director will know the vision and what he can expand to the existing movies, so that’s a good thing. I know it’s not a valid recipee for success (Spider-man 3 for example), but at least the sequel won’t have the risk to end up being such a mess (X3 Last Stand for example).

  9. If we are looking that far ahead, how about Scorpion and Mysterio for villains?

    • Mysterio could be SO COOL!!! (if done correctly)

  10. The Amazing Spider-Man was A Reptile Dysfunction! Let’s hope Webb can maintain his performance in TASM2….

  11. Sony would be crazy to let Webb go. So good production move on Sony’s part. And great news for Spidey’s fans.
    Now if they can just bring in Shocker and Vulture for ASM 3, that would be sick.

  12. Marc Webb in my book is making a HUGE mistake! It’s like he’s becoming Sony’s Yes man instead of a visionary director when it come’s to the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise.

  13. This franchise and this vision sucks just like the lizard from the show V. When i watched
    amazing spiderman with a friend of mine. He thought it was a comedy when spiderman looked
    Like a complete unbuilt wimp. BOYCOTT-LOL.

  14. Not a fan of the way Green Goblin looks in this film, but everything else looks good. Hopefully a step up from the first go. I hope they filmed this one in New York and not LA.

    • It’s the only Spider-Man film to be completely all filmed in New York, so that’s cool

  15. That’s assuming 2 is any good. I’m crossing my fingers but the trailers have Spiderman 3 written all over them. Oh, wait, even that one made a lot of money. Nevermind.

  16. I completely agree with what Screen Ranter “AvengeMovieGoers” comment said. It’s usually wonderful to bring back the director that kept his vision going for each movie and to avoid the mess of what ‘X-Men 3: Last Stand.’ was. This is why I’m grateful for Bryan Singer coming back to clean up the mess and organize X-Men back to his glory days of the first two films.

  17. I want to see this movie because it looks cool