Is Marc Webb building his own Spider-Man universe or something bigger?

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Despite what everyone thought of The Amazing Spider-Man, its sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has amassed quite the cast of actors for the film. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Colm Feore (Thor), and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy).

Could the reason that Marc Webb has amassed this much talent is because Sony has given the go-ahead to build a Spider-Man universe such as the Marvel Cinematic universe? You know what they say success breeds imitation and Hollywood is notorious for this. It seems that with the success of Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe formula that Sony could possibly want this to happen.

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This is just a theory though, but Cinema Blend’s Sean O’Connell thinks that this may be the case. Check out what he had to say with his editorial below:

Please don’t tell me we’re in for another Spider-Man 3.”

I read your mind. That’s the thought that popped into most of your heads when you read how Marc Webb might want Paul Giamatti to play The Rhino in his planned sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. Please don’t tell me that we’re lining up for an overstuffed, undercooked Spider-Man movie with too many villains and too little attention paid to vital characters in Peter Parker’s universe.

Let’s take a quick head count. Webb’s movie already snared Jamie Foxx to play Electro, whom most of us believed would be Spidey’s chief nemesis. Supporting roles have been carved out for Dane Dehaan (Harry Osborn) and Shailene Woodley (Mary Jane Watson). The THR story about Giamatti also mentioned a possible role for Like Crazy beauty Felicity Jones. And we haven’t even mentioned Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen or Sally Field … all holdovers from Webb’s original movie.

Instead of falling on the Spider-Man 3 sword and fearing the worst, though, I’ve allowed the news to settle, contemplated a few crucial puzzle pieces, read a lot of analysis and reached a different conclusion. Marc Webb isn’t making Spider-Man 3 … he’s reaching for the stars and casting his version of The Avengers.

It goes without saying that Joss Whedon’s behemoth of a blockbuster forever altered the way studios view superhero properties. To quote Heath Ledger’s Joker in another genre game-changer, “I know the truth: there’s no going back. You’ve changed things … forever.” No longer should comic-book characters be limited to one movie and possibly a sequel. To survive and thrive, studios need to expand their universe and create worlds where heroes and villains can come and go, interact and interchange. Webb seems to be casting for the long term. He appears to be stock-piling his Spider-Man universe.

Normally theories such as these are something we don’t really post a lot on here. Especially editorials from other websites, so why I am writing about this? Marc Webb’s response to O’Connell’s editorial.

It’s VERY interesting that Marc Webb acknowledged this, let alone never denying it. One could say that this is a vague confirmation of O’Connell’s editorial. If what Marc Webb tweeted is true, then let’s theorize shall we? This could mean one of two things: Marc Webb is going to be the godfather of the Spider-Man universe (ala Joss Whedon) and overlook every Spider-Man spin-off that Sony creates or he’s implying what all us geeks want – Spider-Man as part of the actual MCU. I know it’s a stretch, but the fanboy in me wants this to happen. What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments section below.

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