One of the most pressing questions surrounding the production of Amazing Spider-Man 2 is if director Marc Webb will back for the third and fourth installments of the franchise. It’s fitting that a series that is looking so far ahead into the future is raising such questions with fans, as discussions and debates about the fourth film have already started before the second has been released.
But the question of whether or not director Marc Webb will be replaced is up in the air as according to The Hollywood Reporter, there is only “hope” that he will return.
In June, Sony staked out the dates for the third and fourth Amazing Spider-Man films, setting June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018, as release dates, respectively. Andrew Garfield is expected to reprise his role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Marc Webb directed the first and second installments and the hope is that he will return.
Of course one would assume that Webb would return for at least the third film, but there’s no guarantee that will happen. The priority for Sony will be locking down Andrew Garfield for the next two films but Webb doesn’t need to be bound to the films if he doesn’t want to be.
There’s only so much creativity that can be expressed while stuck in one franchise, but the quality in comic book movies recently may be something that helps keep directors in their respective franchises. However, if another film comes up, or Webb is simply burnt out, it’s not unrealistic to believe he’d step away from the franchise. J.J. Abrams forfeited the directors chair on Star Trek in favor of Star Wars and Jon Favreau left the career defining Iron Man movies after just two films.
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