Marc Webb

You may think that we’re getting ahead of ourselves by talking about the fourth instalment in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise before the second is released next month, but last year, Sony did indeed date a third part for June 10th, 2016 and then another for May 4th, 2017.

With The Sinister Six and Venom on the horizon, many fans had assumed that we might see a confrontation between those villains and Spider-Man in perhaps the fourth outing for the iconic Marvel superhero. Well, that may still be the case, but it won’t be Marc Webb behind the camera (it’s worth noting that the cast members are also signed up for only three movies…).

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Webb was asked about his plans for the third movie, and dropped the following bombshell about his involvement with Spider-Man after that instalment:

“I’d like to be involved as a consultant. I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else.”

So, with Webb stating pretty definitively that he only intends on directing a trilogy of Spider-Man movies, this leaves a lot of questions about the fourth one. Will Sony find a new director, or could it serve as another reboot? For that matter, might this mean that The Sinister Six or Venom will take that date? Asked about the cinematic universe that Sony are attempting to build, Webb added:

“We’re building out a more complicated Spider-Man universe with characters that people haven’t seen in other Spider-Man movies—The Sinister Six, Venom, and more. We’d all love to overlap with other studios, but it’s beyond my pay grade.”

Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper and Paul Giamatti, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to be released in the UK on 18th April and in the US on May 2nd.