Marc Webb Isn't Making A Sequel, He's Mapping Out A Massive Spider-Man Universe

By Sean O'Connell 2013-01-29 15:39:31discussion comments
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ďPlease donít tell me weíre in for another Spider-Man 3

I read your mind. Thatís the thought that popped into most of your heads when you read how Marc Webb might want Paul Giamatti to play The Rhino in his planned sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. Please donít tell me that weíre lining up for an overstuffed, undercooked Spider-Man movie with too many villains and too little attention paid to vital characters in Peter Parkerís universe.

Letís take a quick head count. Webbís movie already snared Jamie Foxx to play Electro, whom most of us believed would be Spideyís chief nemesis. Supporting roles have been carved out for Dane Dehaan (Harry Osborn) and Shailene Woodley (Mary Jane Watson). The THR story about Giamatti also mentioned a possible role for Like Crazy beauty Felicity Jones. And we havenít even mentioned Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen or Sally Field Ö all holdovers from Webbís original movie.

Instead of falling on the Spider-Man 3 sword and fearing the worst, though, Iíve allowed the news to settle, contemplated a few crucial puzzle pieces, read a lot of analysis and reached a different conclusion. Marc Webb isnít making Spider-Man 3 Ö heís reaching for the stars and casting his version of The Avengers.

It goes without saying that Joss Whedonís behemoth of a blockbuster forever altered the way studios view superhero properties. To quote Heath Ledgerís Joker in another genre game-changer, ďI know the truth: there's no going back. You've changed things ... forever.Ē No longer should comic-book characters be limited to one movie and possibly a sequel. To survive and thrive, studios need to expand their universe and create worlds where heroes and villains can come and go, interact and interchange. Webb seems to be casting for the long term. He appears to be stock-piling his Spider-Man universe.
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