Is Sony Using The Amazing Spider-Man 3 Release Date as a Placeholder?
Sony recently released an ambitious list of release dates for the third and fourth of their Spider-Man franchise films; they aimed to have the third film of the "Amazing Spider-Man" series released by the summer of 2016, and the fourth by 2018.
But with 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' currently performing below expectations at the box office, word of Sony pushing the Summer 2016 release date for "The Amazing Spiderman 3" back a year is circulating the internet.
Why did this happen? It could be about money, usually the Occam's razor-approved answer. While "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" will certainly make a profit, it performed $60 million under the first film, and failed to out-perform any of the Raimi films, none of which bodes well for Sony's franchise-building aspirations. Sony admitted that they were hoping to hit the billion dollar mark with this franchise; if they had dreams of garnering "Avengers" or "Dark Knight"-level box office success, then they were sorely disappointed.
Perhaps even worse is the chaotic line-up planned to hit the theaters next summer. The summer of 2016 is already nearly as chock-full of big-budget superhero and fantasy movies as 2015, with "Batman v Superman," "Captain America 3" and "X-Men: Apocalypse" all coming out in May. In July, "Shazam!," "Tarzan," "King Arthur," a third "Planet of the Apes" movie, "Independence Day 2," and an untitled Marvel picture will be released, as well as Pixar's "Finding Dory" and Dreamworks's "How to Train Your Dragon 3."
All of these reasons for delaying the release of the next Spider-Man film are plausible, as Sony would do well to stay clear from this pandemonium. But some speculate that Sony always intended to release "The Sinister Six" in 2016, and that "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" was simply a placeholder until they could make that announcement. Or, alternatively, the most optimistic explanation involves the studio actually listening to fans' negative reactions about the many elements of "The Amazing Spider Man 2" that just didn't work, and they're trying to take the time to perfect the script for the third film, but we're not holding our breath on that one.