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We thought we had Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man trilogy all figured out. Without giving too much away, I’ll just say that the introduction of certain new characters hinted at certain plot points to come, and it became possible to guess how the overarching plotline might play out through 2016.

Then Sony¬†announced plans for a fourth Amazing Spider-Man coming in 2014, and suddenly it became less clear what would fit where. It also raised the question of just how the studio planned to keep the story fresh for four (or possibly even more) installments. There’s a reason trilogies are more common than quadrilogies, after all. It’s just tough to sustain interest in a single character for that long.

Now Webb has hinted at one possible way to keep the franchise moving: By making it “not just a Spider-Man movie,” and instead shifting the focus to some other characters. Hit the jump to read the comments.

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The Amazing Spider-Man

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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