Sony Pictures has announced far in advance that they plan to release a Spider-Man film on May 4, 2018. It was assumed that film would be Amazing Spider-Man 4, but that may not be necessarily the case. Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach have indicated that it may be a spin-off film featuring Spidey’s famous foes Venom or the Sinister Six. In fact, both of these projects could hit theaters before the fourth Spider-Man movie, which probably will not be released until 2019.
Arad and Tolmach says, “Before we know what we do with Amazing Spider-Man 4, we’re going to do Sinister Six, Venom and Amazing Spider-Man 3. There is going to be a lot of crossover in those movies. So we’re just not at Spider-Man 4, because we still have a whole other Spider-Man movie and two other movies. So we don’t know yet what that’s going to be.”
Marc Webb, who directed the first Amazing Spider-Man as well as the upcoming sequel, promises he will be back to direct the third Spider-film, but he has already stated that he won’t be coming back for a fourth. Similarly, series star Andrew Garfield has hinted that he might not come back for part four, either. This makes a fourth movie hard to plan, but Arad and Tolmach have a better vision for the spion-offs.
Is Marvel taking a chance putting out movies about super-villains instead of heroes? It’s a daring move. You have to give Marvel credit for their willingness to take risks. There was a plan to do a Magneto movie once, but it morphed into X-Men: First Class instead. Can a villain movie work? We’ll find out in 2018.