The future for Sony’s Spider-Man

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By Derek Mari

Marvel superheroes have done it again. Although not produced by Marvel Studios, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has not disappointed at all at the box office during its opening weekend. (It swung to $91.6 million.)

What does this mean for the future of the franchise? Director Marc Webb has already confirmed that The Amazing Spider-Man series will not be a trilogy, but instead it will have four contributing movies. Some speculate that the third installment will be released in two parts, following in the footsteps of almost every popular series released in the last decade; the new trend that Twilight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and so many others have established.

Yet, the news of more Spider-Man has not been what is exciting fans. That was expected. What wasn’t expected was the news of an almost spin-off movie, The Sinister Six. Yes, SIX villains of Spidey teaming up in one film. The original comic book roster consisted of Electro, Sandman, Vulture, Doc Oc, Kraven the Hunter, and Mysterio. In this case it seems we will be seeing Rhino, Green Goblin, and Black Cat added to the mix, which happens later in the comic book chronology.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 begins to introduce some of these new characters in unique ways, but fans are already throwing their money at writer/director Drew Goddard to see the evil masterminds band together. Fortunately Drew Goddard also directed The Cabin in the Woods which cast emphasis on the “villain” in an extremely human and understandable way, and this gives hope to the Sinister story.

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Is Spider-Man supposed to face six villains on his own though? Interestingly Drew Goddard is also writing and directing the upcoming Daredevil series as part of Marvel’s Defenders collection that will be released only on Netflix. Could there be a possible teaming up of the webhead and Hell’s Kitchen’s Defenders in the works? Now that would be something I would blow my college savings on to see. Sadly, Spider-Man producer Avi Arad has mentioned that Spider-Man won’t be doing any crossovers until the stories have run out or if Spidey gets to be the main character.

All in all, Marvel’s products are in great hands. It’s clear that both Webb and Goddard are faithful to the characters and take the time to develop their origins. Viewers all over the world are hooked. Any chance of Marvel adaptations faltering in the future is slim.

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