I usually feel like a colossal piece of shit when I root for a film to fail (because who knows how art will age, be viewed in the context of history, etc.), but I definitely think I can make an exception when it comes to Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man films. These ‘movies’ are artless, consumerist dog-piles; the worst examples of comic book anti-cinema being authored by a boardroom full of bottom-line motivated suits. But it looks like we’re going to be spared another feature-length trailer for future franchise installments for at least a little while longer, as Sony may be pushing Marc Webb’s third pile-driver of fuck back until 2017 (though ‘never’ is certainly the better option).
“I have been told that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been moved to an undetermined date in 2017. Time for a second reboot?”
If Smith’s source is right, a delay makes a decent amount of sense, as Devin is quick to point out that domestic box office receipts for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have it coming in lower than not only the first installment, but all of the Spider-Man films before it. For now, the postponement is only a year (ASM 3 was originally set for 2016), but it makes you wonder how the company plans to save the franchise at all*, not to mention how Drew Goddard’s upcoming Sinister Six picture will be impacted.
This is great news for people who love Spider-Man and bad news for those easily entranced by shiny objects. Hopefully Sony will find a way to right their red and blue ship, but I’m not exactly holding my breath.
*My suggestion: let a director make an actual goddamn movie with a recognizable artistic fingerprint.