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Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony Pictures, has been discussing some well-publicized financial issues at the studio, and one quote in particular has a lot of people talking:

We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains.

Is she talking about the all-but-confirmed rumor the Sinister Six will eventually appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4? Will Spider-Man need to recruit another hero to help him win that battle? Or is Pascal talking about spin-offs set in the Spider-Man universe, such as the long rumored Venom film? We discuss below.

UPDATE:  Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton added more fuel to the fire with this gem of a quote:

We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works.

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New Electro Art Revealed From ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′

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Although Electro (Jamie Foxx) plays a major role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, for obvious reasons, we still don’t know nearly as much about him as we do Spidey. So we’re intrigued by a new snapshot from the editing bay, which just so happens to reveal a new bit of Electro concept art.

Meanwhile, we know even less about Rhino (Paul Giamatti), but maybe that’s okay. The actor confirms that he’s set for at least one more movie, so we’ll presumably have plenty of time to get acquainted. See the picture and check out Giamatti’s quotes after the jump.

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Two big superhero assumptions were confirmed by actors today. First up, Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson, confirmed Elizabeth Olsen is joining him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Second, Paul Giamatti, who makes a brief appearance as the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, said he’s expected to come back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (which just got a trio of writers) but probably not The Amazing Spider-Man 4.

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Sony must be happy with how The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is turning out because they’re bringing back the credited writing team for the third film. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner will write The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which already has a release date of June 10, 2016. Andrew Garfield will return for sure, and the studio apparently wants director Marc Webb to come back too. There’s no word on the villains, but with so many appearing in next summer’s sequel, odds are we’ll see one or two of them back. (Paul Giamatti as Rhino? Dane DeHaan or Chris Cooper as Green Goblin?) There’s also been talk these Spider-Man films are leading to the formation of the Sinister Six. Read More »

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With a couple villains appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and plans set to Sony for third and fourth films in Marc Webb‘s take on the character, there has been a lot of speculation about whether or not we’ll see some emulation of The Avengers in one of the latter movies. Specifically, will there be a team?

Clearly there aren’t extra heroes to form a team around Spidey, but what about a bunch of bad guys? Jamie Foxx, who plays Electro in the first sequel, has confirmed that Sony is at least talking about the idea. Read More »

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Mary Jane Watson

Between James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, and the YA adaptations Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, Shailene Woodley is about to become totally ubiquitous. One place we won’t see her, though is in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The rising actress has just revealed that her small part as Mary Jane Watson has been excised entirely from the comic book sequel, months after she finished shooting scenes for it. But Team Mary Jane needn’t despair — she’s still set to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, due out in 2014. Hit the jump to get the details.

UPDATE: Webb has now explained his decision, and there’s word that another actress could play the role in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. More after the jump.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4′ Announced

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Sony Pictures is currently in production on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but they’ve today announced release dates for two more Spider-Man films.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters on May 2, 2014 (as we’ve known)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will hit theaters on June 10, 2016
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 4 will hit theaters on May 4, 2018

The fact that Sony is announcing these dates shows an insane confidence in the future of this comic book franchise, and have very likely already mapped out a story roadmap for the series at least through the third film. There have been rumors about an appearance of The Sinister Six in the third movie — a villainous super-group featuring the Lizard, Vulture, Electro, Rhino, and possibly the Green Goblin. That seemed like a lot to set up in time for the third film, but spreading out the story to four films gives Webb much more room to work.

Read the full press release after the jump.
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