With Sinister Six and Venom movies planned in addition to more Amazing Spider-Man sequels, the big future plans for Sony's Spider-Man Cinematic Universe are very clear - but what remains a mystery is exactly when the studio will be releasing their titles and in what order. It's never been clear exactly which of the titles will be coming before the other, but now producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach have shed a little bit of light on the situation.
Director Marc Webb's final installment in the franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to come out on June 10, 2016, but will The Amazing Spider-Man 4 be the next title to follow it? Not according to Den of Geek's interview with the aforementioned producers, which says that the studio has plans to unfurl the comic book movie spin-offs before beginning work on a fourth Spider-Man film. Said Tolmach,
"Before we know what we do with Spider-Man 4, we're going to do Sinister Six, Venom and Spider-Man 3. There is going to be a lot of crossover in those movies. So we're just not at Spider-Man 4, because we still have a whole other Spider-Man movie and two other movies. So we don't know yet what [Spider-Man 4] is going to be"
Adding an interesting detail to this mix is the already announced May 4, 2018 weekend that the studio has already acquired. Since the studio claimed the date we've assumed that it would be The Amazing Spider-Man 4, but apparently that's not the case. Tolmach also told Den of Geek that May 4, 2018 will be a Spider-Man-related movie, but not The Amazing Spider-Man 4.
We can pretty much safely assume that the May 2018 title is either Venom or Sinister Six, but which one? Could Venom be a part of the Sinister Six and then move on for his own solo movie? Or will Venom get a solo movie that leads him to the Sinister Six? If either one of those turns out to be true, will the earlier title be released in 2018, or possibly in 2017? In case you couldn't already tell, this whole situation is still packed with unanswered questions.
While a great deal of Spider-Man's future on the big screen remains a hazy mystery, there's a good chance that the whole picture will become a lot clearer in less than a month. By then The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be out in theaters worldwide and will we all be able to create informed speculation about what's coming in the next few years. Until then, enjoy this trailer for the upcoming blockbuster.