Production has already begun for the next Amazing Spider-Man film with a planned release for May 2014. You would think a movie franchise that was born out of a failed previous version would be very cautious about making too many plans for the future. Yet today Sony Pictures, the studio behind the Spider-Man films, announced plans for two more films (not including the one in production now) with planned release dates of June 2016 and May 2018. You can't blame them entirely for planning so far ahead when the first Amazing earned $750 million worldwide and can probably assume the next one will do as well.
Is this hubris? Is this just a show of faith for the franchise so investors feel better? Or is it a promise to ensure they retain the rights to the comic book hero? Let's just hope they can continue to make good movies and we won't have to worry about seeing another Spider-Man 3 ever again.