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‘Amazing Spider-Man 4′ May Not Be ‘Just a Spider-Man Movie,’ Webb Teases


Almost from the minute he joined the franchise, director Marc Webb made it clear he wanted to make a new Spider-Man trilogy. He’ll get his wish, albeit with a bonus: Sony announced release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 last month, nearly a year before the second installment arrives in theaters.

How does having a fourth Spider-Man film change the director’s overarching plans? It’s possible that it doesn’t. Speaking with Crave Online, Webb suggested something very interesting about the nature of that mysterious Spider-Man 4.

“I think this was conceived of as a trilogy so there was a defined architecture to the story we were telling and we had sort of a rough outline of what was going to happen,” he said. “I think the fourth movie, what we’ve discovered is that there are so many ancillary characters, that have enormous cinematic potential that there may be other ways to exploit those characters, in a way that is exciting and fun and worthwhile. It might not just be a Spider-Man movie.”

What exactly does that mean? Might we see other heroes from the Spider-Man universe, like clone Ben Reilly or even the antihero Kane Parker, make an appearance? Without going into specifics, Webb made it clear that he’s keen on the whole history of the wall-crawler, not just recent history like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, as a source of inspiration.

“You know, what was fun about the comics is that there’s an entire sort of encyclopedia of characters and stories and histories and nuances and idiosyncrasies and off-shoots,” he said. “I think that that is something that seems to be really successful and has a lot of potential so it’s sort of, as yet, undefined, but intentionally so.”


  • Jay

    They are clearly building towards the Sinister Six so I would say he could mean members of the Spider-Family could help out SPidey.

  • John

    I think he is going to bring in Miles

  • Fury

    i would LOVE it if they were to make Spidey 4 open with Peter fighting the Six, dying and then the rest of the film brings in Miles. that’d f***ing rock.

  • uatu13

    I can’t think of worse f’ing spider-man movie if I tried!!!

  • 000101110111010111000011010101

    All I want to see is a legless Flash Thompson become Agent Venom, that or a Spidergirl movie…come on, they can make that work…heck get the whole old school Spiderman movie crew together to make an M2 Universe story, it’s all Sony, and they can probably make a legitmimate claim that it all falls under the spiderverse they bought.

  • wademac

    Can’t see them wandering too far from mainstream…after all its all about selling tickets to the masses…Needs to explore other characters and villains that haven’t already been seen in the original trilogy…Would kill to see Mysterio make an appearance…

  • icth

    Yes you can, you’re just being a drama queen.

  • Len

    If they bring in miles and all this crap you are all talking about, then just rename it “Ultimate Spider-Man”. Sinister Six would be bad ass…. Oh and Eff Miles right in the A

  • Roger S

    All we need is f’ing Miles Morales the Amazing Affirmative Action Trayvon-Man. Let’s hope Zimmerman is the hero–, “villain” to put the boy in his place.

  • joecooler2u

    I wouldn’t mind a Miles Morales one, Venom/Flash Thompson or Kaine/Scarlet Spider but why not make those movies separate things? Also a Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman wouldn’t be bad but I’d rather see her in a future Avengers movie where she can play off other characters. Looks like Sony is going quantity over quality here. I wasn’t too impressed with the first movie (it wasn’t bad but wasn’t great either) and the sequel looks so-so. Isn’t Jamie Foxx a little too old to be best friends with Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker? Since Amazing seems to basically be the Ultimate version I see the 4th installment being more likely to be Miles Morales. Maybe then they can go with Michael B Jordan (though he might be a bit too old at the time to play a young Miles) instead of forcing him into the role of Johnny Storm on the FF.

  • Daniel Tiberius

    Doesn’t Sony have rights for Fantastic Four or is that Fox?

  • Captain

    See you at the cross burning Adolf…

  • Simon Revenge

    Fox has rights to Fantastic Four and they are planning a reboot.

  • uatu13

    Or Fury is just being a troll or something.

    On second thought, his idea would be great. It would be a complete pile of trash and would bomb, then maybe marvel studios could get back the rights and we could stop it with these POS spidey reboots we’ve had to suffer through for the past decade.

  • David

    Yes, that ONE Spider-man reboot in the past decade was such a source of pain

  • Roger S

    See you on the liberal white-guilt MSNBC media shows, Captain.

  • Brandon Davis

    STFU David, you and your race bating friend Roger should go to some political website if you want push your odd little agenda. This was a light conversation before you made it ugly.

  • Happily LS

    That was my first thought: what other characters does Sony own the rights to?

  • TL

    I kind of read that to read that Spidey has a huge cast of characters that SONY probably has the rights to based on their original agreement with Marvel so why not exploit those properties? I don’t see it as hey, lets bring in ALL the other Spideys…

    I see it more of what Marvel proper has done with the Avengers. They have a team and the single hero flicks. Why not introduce or expand upon characters Sony has the rights to in the Spidey-verse, a well-established and popular franchise and spin them out into their own movies even?

    Now, I am not saying all of these would be successful but examples could be – Black Cat, Cloak and Dagger, Silver Sable, Venom…

  • dillman502

    People are still upset over Miles Morales? His comic is one of the only ones that has been consistently good(Or, dare I say it, Great!) over the year and a half he’s been here.

    I would LOVE a Miles movie, though I doubt they could sell it to the general public especially considering how some people are reacting to the idea in these very comments.

  • hound2006

    Oooooh… they could do a “Spider-Men” style crossover with Tobey Maguire’s alternate universe Spider-Man. Now THAT would be crazy to bring him back. Especially since they’re kind of doing that with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

  • Derek Metaltron

    The two logical options would either be Flash Thompson’s Venom or Black cat, though a film based around a Spider-Man villain could be interesting. I’d be all for seeing a Doctor Octopus film.

  • cmkeller

    Obviously, the fourth movie will be “Spider-Man and ALPHA” complete with molded rubber nipples on the costumes.

  • Chad Crissman

    A time travelling Spidey 2099?

  • Efflebex

    Ladies and Gentlemen! It’s the first round of ‘Just how many characters tenuously linked to Spider-Man can Sony claim they own the screen rights to’!

  • Hypestyles

    Silver Sable and the Wild Pack: Prowler; Rocket Racer; Puma.

    Cloak and Dagger.

  • Hypestyles

    you are a horrible person

  • Dan Riedel



    Typical racist nonsense. I bet you would never say such things in real life. You sound like a punk like Zimmerman. Probably need a gun for a fist fight.

  • Jon

    Isn’t Webb getting a little ahead of himself, here? There has only been one Amazing Spider-Man movie released, and by all accounts it was just “okay”. I wouldn’t start writing the script to Chapter 4 just yet.

  • Langdon Herrick

    They couldn’t even make the first one decent, and they’re already planning the fourth one?

  • Radam

    Instead of Miles, bring in Doc Ock so they can finally start the Superior Spiderman movie.

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