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Between Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and the 2012 reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony Pictures has pulled in upwards of $3 billion worldwide thanks the the comic book webslinger. So it's little wonder they are already thinking of spinning this franchise beyond the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But could spin-offs be in the works? The Wrap thinks so.
Citing quotes from Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal at a presentation to investors, the site suggests Spidey's studio is looking beyond sequels to expand the thriving franchise, potentially in the way of spin-off adventures for supporting characters. Pascal teased future plans saying, "We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains."
Declaring this statement is hinting at spin-offs seems a bit of a stretch to me. Rather, I think Pascal is painting a purposely broad picture to play up all the options the Spider-Man property offers Sony's filmmakers. But admittedly, I'm not incredibly well versed in the Spider-Man comics. Maybe part of my suspicion of the spin-offs plot is that I can't think of another available Spider-Man hero who could shoulder a spin-off on his/her own. I mean sure, he's had crossover adventures with the X-Men and The Avengers, but the former team's movie rights belong to Twentieth Century Fox, and the latter belongs to Marvel Studios/Disney.
To me, it seems more likely that Pascal is suggesting to her investors that Spider-Man sequels need not rely on villains the Raimi trilogy has already shown us, like The Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Sandman and Venom. Already, the rebooted incarnation of Spider-Man has brought The Lizard, The Rhino and Electro into the fray to face off against our favorite web slinger. There's also a lengthy list of Spider-Man foes we haven't seen in a live-action movie yet, like Kraven the Hunter, the Chameleon, and Mysterio - though Chris Cooper's casting as Normon Osborn in the next Spidey movie does suggest that the Goblin will be making a comeback.
Before we look ahead to what's to come with The Amazing Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 4--or even the possibly of a slate of spin-offs--we have
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens on May 2nd, 2014 and stay tuned for the trailer next month.