I don’t think this is news.
I think we’ll always get more Spider-Man movies and this one is built in a way where it’s screaming at you: THIS IS ACT ONE OF SOMETHING.
Despite me calling out what ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′ has to include with ASM producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolemach and an entire interview where I tell them to make me feel better that we’d be getting more Spider-Man movies regardless of how the movie was, people still seem to thing that the idea we’re getting an Amazing Spider-Man trilogy is some sort of Facebook news story. The ASM page posted:
It’s finally here! The Amazing Spider-Man is the first installment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero’s journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents.
And there you go.
Here’s the thing that is closer to news, but can only be classified and an informed opinion made through interpretation of events: the chance that either of those two movies stays under Marc Webb as a director is SLIM TO NONE through no fault of Webb’s own.
Marc Webb made a movie about how Peter Parker’s parents messed with his genetic code (check out BadAssDigest for that), Sony saw it, freaked out and changed it (see my blog post about that) and now the Frankenstien’s monster of a Spider-Man movie is hauling in enough box office that all these bets that were made on Spidey pre-release are probably going to pay dividends.
Webb told the Huffington Post: “I want to finish this up and go to a beach and think about the future. People ask about the sequel and I’m like, ‘Well, you know, I don’t know if I want to do that, but I love the process.”
I’m pretty sure that’s the most diplomatic way of saying: “Right now, Sony is super pissed at me, and I wouldn’t mind doing another one, but not if it’s going to be like this.” Why? Because studios know directors are the currency of a successful re-boot. That’s why there’s no Gavin Hood coming back for ‘Wolverine,’ but they’ll let Christopher Nolan have his Batman trilogy. If you’re going to do a unified trilogy, you need a steady hand at the helm and Sony doesn’t like Webb’s hand at all.
I, for one, would like to see him get another shot at doing something daring with the character now that the suits might be a little less nervious that some music-video/rom-com guy is messing with their valuable slice of Marvel.