Well, Sony Executive Amy Pascal hinted to investors and stockholders that more Spider-Man was on the way and now the studio have delivered. Five writers, (Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard) have become a unit not unlike the Sinister Six, teaming up with director Marc Webb, and producers Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor to begin the scripting process for the following
- Amazing Spider-Man 3(Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner) hopefully directed by Marc Webb, star Andrew Garfield had said in an interview that he was only contracted for 3 Spidey films. Amazing Spider-Man 3 will go into production this fall enroute to a June 2016 release date.
- Venom (Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon) with Kurtzman directing
- The Sinister Six film will be written by Drew Goddard who is also tapped to direct.
Out of these 5 writers I like 1 (a lot), 2 I’m interested in, and another 2 I absolutely despise. Drew Goddard is the most interesting name of the bunch as he is tapped to work with Marvel on the DareDevil Netflix series. Jeff Pinker has mainly worked in television on shows like Fringe, LOST, and Ally McBeal, most recently rewritingAmazing Spider-Man 2 with Orci and Kurtzman (how does that work). Ed Solomon is a seasoned writer best known writing for Bill & Ted, Super Mario Bros., Men in Black, and Now You See Me. Leaving Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to be the two writers I despise, I just don’t think they are good, they write big set piece scenes not character (see: Into Darkness, Star Trek and Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers).
Announcing 3 new films is a huge gamble for Sony but as Doug Belgrad said in the press release, “The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets”, the franchise has grossed nearly a billion dollars in a decade and is the one tent pole franchise based on established IP that they know to be a hit no matter what. It’s also a smart move financially, these films will be the upper crust budgets of Sony Pictures production schedule as the studio slowly moves into smaller pictures as part of an overall cost saving move.
As for the films themselves, I don’t know I haven’t seen a single frame. The idea of a Venom movie based on the latest run in the comics where it is given to crippled service me who go out on a spec ops into dangerous territory could be the foundation for a solid action film. The Sinister Six, I’m even less certain about; I guess It’ll be a heist film? It’s villains based and those never last in the comics without turning the villains face so that’ll be interesting to see.