Spider-Man Will Spin Third And Fourth Sequels By 2018

Sony announces 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' and '4.'

Audiences have loved Spider-Man for more than 10 years already, but he's set to embark on a series of new adventures that is nothing short of amazing. Sony Pictures announced Monday (June 17) that following the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on May 2, 2014, the web-slinger will return to the screen two more times by 2018. Two yet-to-be-named sequels are scheduled for release on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018, expanding the hero's current series of films to four.

Spider-Man first came to the silver screen in 2002 with the release of "Spider-Man," a box-office phenomenon that, along with "X-Men," can take credit for the explosion of superhero-themed stories being told by movie studios. Director Sam Raimi, who helmed that film as well as its two sequels, wrapped up his storyline in 2007, forcing audiences to wait five years for another big-screen adventure featuring the wall crawler. But after Marc Webb's reboot, which retold the character's origin story and added a few new details, Spider-Man seems more popular than ever.

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"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is, like its predecessor, directed by Webb, although "Transformers" and "Star Trek" screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci took over script duties from James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens in theaters nationwide May 2, 2014.