The Spider-Man franchise is a mess. It could be argued that the last good Spider-Man movie was released over a decade ago in 2004, especially as “The Untold Story” we were promised in the 2012 reboot turned out to be pretty damn familiar.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was an over expensive, over long, and bloated sequel which very nearly put the final nail in the coffin of a franchise which started declining in 2007.
The tepid critical and commercial response to the movie led to Sony seriously rethinking their plans for the franchise. Among them was talk of everything from a crossover with Marvel Studios to reboots, animated movies, and spinoffs focusing on a variety of other heroes and villains.
What can Sony Pictures do to save the Spider-Man franchise? Forging ahead with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and the unwanted spinoffs focusing on Venom and the Sinister Six seems like an ill advised decision, but there are a number of other paths the now widely ridiculed studio can take to return Spider-Man back to the glory days of Sam Raimi’s first two movies. Here, we present just ten possible options to save the franchise.
10. Scrap The Spinoffs
One of The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s biggest issues was the fact that the messy final act worked so hard to set up the Sinister Six. It felt forced, but that could be forgiven if it meant that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 would finally pit the iconic superhero against a team of his most fearsome foes.
Unfortunately, it was revealed that they would instead be given their own movie, a decision which makes zero sense. After all, do we really want to spend time with a team led by the guy who murdered Gwen Stacy? Of course not.
Venom too was given his own spinoff. There’s been talk of him getting a movie for years now, but without a prior appearance in a Spider-Man movie, it doesn’t work and leaves the character without any real motivations. Ultimately, dropping both of these projects to focus on making a good Spider-Man movie is far more vital.