Good news for those who despised Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man (which, to be honest, feels like pretty much everybody). While Webb has directed the first two entries in the now Raimi-less series (and is signed to helm the third), he says he’s formulating an exit strategy from the Peter Parker game.
Talking with The Daily Beast, the director had this to say about future web-slinging adventures:
“I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else.”
This actually makes sense in terms of Marc Webb’s career as an artist (I’m allowed to use “artist” when talking about a guy who’s made two terrible movies, right?). Multiple entries in a massive franchise can be a giant time suck for any director, no matter how much money Sony has dumped on the front lawn in front of his McMansion (the third film wouldn’t even open until at least 2016). Webb, who also directed 500 Days of Summer, probably has other “personal” films that he wants to pursue, so more power to him.
The word “consultant” probably won’t fill fans with a whole lot of confidence, as after the first Amazing Spider-Man (and its nu-metal skateboarding scenes) this has become a franchise that people seem to flock to despite their massive misgivings. The promise of “moar, moar, moar!” Webb delivers in the same interview will also have Spidey die-hards having flashbacks to Raimi’s dismal third entry (which, much like Batman & Robin, proved that a deluge of villains didn’t necessarily equal a great movie):
“We’re building out a more complicated Spider-Man universe with characters that people haven’t seen in other Spider-Man movies—The Sinister Six, Venom, and more.”
Go forth with God, Marc Webb, and let our Spider-Man go.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters May 2, 2014.