I crowdsourced some people on Twitter and Facebook the other day and asked them what movie trends they'd like to see die a quick death. At the top of the list was superhero movies, and with an overabundance of comic book films flooding theaters the past few years, I can understand why moviegoers indifferent to superheroes might be sick of them.
Still, with so many more stories to tell, a worldwide fanbase, and an unlimited amount of money to be made, comic book movies aren't going away anytime soon. This week, Sony proved as much when it announced it has set release dates for The Spectacular Spider-Man and an unprecedented The Amazing Spider-Man 4 of June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018. With such a successful franchise and Spidey actor pretty much locked in to the next few movies, Sony will knock out a Spider-Man film every two years for the foreseeable future.
Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we're thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.
Those are the words of Sony Pictures vice chairman Jeff Blake, and he's right to be happy: The first Amazing Spider-Man film grossed over $750 million worldwide.
is back in the director's chair for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, along with the aforementioned , as is Peter Parker/Spider-Man love interest Gwen Stacy (), though it remains to be seen whether or not she'll make it to the third film.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters on May 2nd of next year, kicking off the 2014 summer blockbuster season.
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