by Brett White
While speaking to Crave Online during last weekend's San Diego Comic-Con International, "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise director Marc Webb revealed some basic—but exciting—information about the other two upcoming installments in the franchise.
"Well, 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," said Webb. "I think [for] the fourth movie, what we've discovered is 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."
Does this mean that some of Spider-Man's friends could pop up when "The Amazing Spider-Man 4" swings into theaters on May 4th, 2018? It looks like it!
"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," continued Webb. "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."
I mean, if Marvel's continuously assembling more Avengers and Fox is planning on launching a wider mutant movie-verse, then it makes sense for Sony to do the same with their big property. This makes it sound like "ASM 4" could be a team-up movie starring Spider-Man along with characters like Black Cat, Venom, Silver Sable, Solo, Rocket Racer, and possibly even a couple of Spider-Women.
However crowded "ASM 4" will be with bad guys, though, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is almost as crowded with villains—Rhino, Electro, and a few Osborns pop up in the film. Webb assures fans that that's nothing to worry about, and that it will make sense.
"Well, firstly, I think the main obstacle, the main villain of this film is Electro. He is our primary focus and it's somebody that has extraordinary, antagonist potential. The other thing is, it was sort of fun to tease out little bits and pieces and have references, for people who are hardcore fans and Rhino, I think, is a better example of that. Listen, it's not the whole storyline. It's not deeply integrated into the plot. He's not distracting, I think he's really elemental and fun to play around with and incredibly justified but it also allows, I think, hardcore fans a chance to see what we do with him, with that character in a way that has enough nuance to feel real but doesn't distract from the film."
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens on May 2nd, 2014.
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