With Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 under-performing at the worldwide box office, Sony may not be able to keep with their current timeline for sequels, and we're now hearing that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be delayed until 2017.
While the report is unconfirmed, Ain't It Cool News are saying that:
I have been told that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been moved to an undetermined date in 2017. Time for a second reboot?
... And there are some compelling arguments to give strength to that report. Let's examine some plausible reasons...
Firstly, the delay makes some kind of skewed sense, as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn't just come in at the box office only under the first installment, but all of the Spider-Man movies before it. The postponement is just for a year - pushed back from June 10, 2016 to sometime in 2017 - but that could be Sony deciding that the third installment in their Spidey world needs more time; that much time spent at the drawing board can make all the difference. Sensible decision?
It can only be a good thing if Sony are taking a step back to spend a bit more time properly setting up their Spidey-verse and villain-centric flicks. Otherwise, how the company plans to save the franchise at all - not to mention Drew Goddard's upcoming Sinister Six spin-off - is a wonder.
It could also be, more positively, because Sony plan to move Sinister Six to 2016, and use that movie to set up a trilogy-ending installment with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 that pits Spider-Man against all six of the Sinister foes. Drew Goddard's departure from Daredevil certainly supports that theory.
Also worth a mention, for the conspiracy theorists among us: Last month saw Max Landis state Spider-Man is back with Marvel Studios, could this be related? There's no way Sony would give Spidey up without a fight... Unless their last movie bombed...