We are still just under a year away from the release of the highly anticipated sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man and already Sony is letting us know the fun won’t stop there. We all chuckled at the notion that Warner Bros had already begun fast tracking a sequel to Man of Steel before it had even been released but leave it to Sony to one up them.
Per a report in Deadline, Sony as announced not one but two Spider-Man sequels set to be released in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
With Sony Pictures Entertainment now in production in New York on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, slated for release on May 2, 2014, the studio is planting its flag on two future release dates. … The next two films in the story of Peter Parker will be released on June 10, 2016, and on May 4, 2018, respectively.
“Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise,” said Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. “We’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.”
Marc Webb is likely going to be coming back as director of the next two films, although that news remains unconfirmed. Webb helped reboot the franchise with 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and he’s back again for the 2014 release of the sequel.
Since Sony is not part of Marvel Entertainment, the inclusion of Spider-Man in The Avengers is highly unlikely but that’s not stopping Sony from putting out as much of this version of Spider-Man as they can. The first film grossed nearly $800 million worldwide which was enough for Sony to order up a total of three more films after it.