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What’s the deal with Spider-Man? It’s the question fans have been asking all summer. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a major disappointment in almost all respects; following its debut grand plans to continue the franchise were completely reshuffled. As it officially stands right now, Drew Goddard‘s Sinister Six film will be out in 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will follow in 2018. There will also be a female-focused film sandwiched somewhere in the middle. That’s all official via Sony.

However the latest rumors suggest some, if not all of that might not be true anymore. Yesterday, the very reputable Drew McWeeny at Hitfix said he’d heard rumblings Sony was talking to Marvel Studios about working out some kind of deal for a crossover. Then today, the equally reputable Devin Faraci at Badass Digest said that’s just one of the possibilities he’s heard Sony is considering with the characters. The others are a “soft reboot” with the Sinister Six, completely shelving the character for a few years, and canceling the planned Venom movie. Read more about these Spider-Man franchise rumors below. Read More »

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Venom

As great a character as Spider-Man is, his villains are often just as interesting. That’s one of the many reasons Sony is moving ahead with a Sinister Six film before they get back to The Amazing Spider-Man 3. They’re also moving forward with a solo film for one of Spidey’s most popular villains, Venom. That one will be directed by Alex Kurtzman, but we don’t know much about it other than that it is happening.

In a new interview, the director gave an updating saying Ed Solomon will start writing the script soon, and that choosing which character would be under the suit in the film hasn’t been an easy decision. Read the Alex Kurtzman Venom quotes below. Read More »

Alex Kurtzman Teases a “Much Darker” Venom

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Venom may have a few things in common with Spider-Man, but for Venom writer/director Alex Kurtzman, the appeal of the character lies in what sets him apart. Namely, the fact that he’s a “much darker” personality than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Hit the jump to read his comments on what makes Venom — and the Spider-Man universe itself — so special.

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Over the past week, a great deal of talk has centered on two men: Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Formerly partners, the two split amicably a few months back to work on different projects. Before the split, however, the team behind Star Trek and Transformers were both attached to the Amazing Spider-Man and Universal Monsters franchises. Then Orci moved onto Star Trek 3, said he was off Spider-Man, and Kurtzman gained Chris Morgan on his quest to expand the story of the Universal Monsters. Basically, there are a lot of moving parts to both sets of films, and we’ve been wondering how was it all going to work. Is Amazing Spider-Man 3 dead? What about Sinister Six and Venom? Which would come first? And what’s up with those Universal Monsters projects like The Mummy?

Lucky for us, Kurtzman and Orci also work on TV and that means they’re at the TCA Press Tour in Los Angeles this week. There, Kurtzman did his best to clear up a bit of what’s going on with both franchises, without revealing too much of course. Read More »

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This past weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed $200 million in domestic gross. Add in another $500 million across the world, and $700 million seems like a huge success. But fan reactions to the sequel were tepid and it certainly feels like excitement is waining. That’s not good for Sony Pictures, who famously recruited an army of talented writers and directors to shepherd the character in an every expanding, connected world. Two more Amazing Spider-Man films were tentatively scheduled, along with Venom and Sinister Six films. It was an ambitious plan that was definitely less certain after the slightly disappointing reactions to part 2.

Now the plans for The Amazing Spider-Man are even more in flux. Roberto Orci, who was scheduled to co-write The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Venom, revealed he’s left the franchise and isn’t quite sure what’s happening moving ahead. Read his quote about the future of The Amazing Spider Man franchise and more below. Read More »

Venom Sinister Six

Sony’s had a 2018 release date for the fourth Spider-Man movie locked in since last year, but now it seems that film may not be The Amazing Spider-Man 4 after all. Instead, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach have indicated that the date could go to one of the planned spin-offs. In fact, they say, Venom and Sinister Six are both likely to hit before The Amazing Spider-Man 4 does.

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Sony Wants to Release a Spider-Man Movie Every Year

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Does Sony rely too heavily on Spider-Man, or not heavily enough? As analysts take stock of the studio’s performance and find it wanting with respect to big-ticket franchises, studio chief Amy Pascal says in no uncertain terms that the whole point of developing the Venom and Sinister Six movies is to have a Spider-Man movie every year. Read More »

Sinister Six

Without an idea of what happens in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s difficult to predict how this new, linked Spider-Man universe is going to unfold. We know Marc Webb‘s next movie is out May 2 and Sony has another sequel planned in 2016, followed by Sinister Six and Venom. However, the idea of building to films starring a bunch of famous villains such as Lizard, Electro, Rhino, Green Goblin, Vulture and Doc Ock seems almost insurmountable. In a new interview, a member of Sony’s new Spider-Man braintrust joked about that very thing.

Roberto Orci, who is co-writing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 as well as Venom, talked about the challenges a Sinister Six movie poses and likened the process of creating a Spider-Man universe with villains at the epicenter to making a season of television. Read More »

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