Is Sony Rebooting Spider-Man Again In 2018? 10

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Another rumor from today’s Deadline report that was stuffed full of rumors regarding the Amazing Spider-Man franchise is that Sony may be considering rebooting the series in 2018.

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was originally scheduled to be released in 2016, but has since been pushed back to 2018. That gives Sony a chance to retool and reboot the franchise if they so choose, as Deadline mentions.

With initial plans to drop The Amazing Spider-Man 3 smack dab in the summer on June 10, 2016, observers wondered whether there was even enough time to change anything. But when the studio switched things up and announced it would first go with Sinister Six as the next film in the series and the Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2018, there was plenty of time to rethink it. And I hear that they are doing just that now.

The fact is that Sony has produced five Spider-Man movies in 12 years. So one question is obvious: How can there be much anticipation from audiences to see another one again so quickly? You could call it Spider-Man fatigue. Makes a lot of sense to give it a rest and then bring it back again in four years revamped, re-suited and rebooted for a new generation of kids. The studio is also clearly responding to the fact that the domestic audience for Spider-Man has continued to shrink over the years.

Again, this is all rumor at this point. It’s possible that they are planning yet another Spider-Man reboot, though you have to wonder why they would bother building up their shared universe if they know they’re going to scrap it all in 2018, especially when one of the biggest complaints about the first Amazing Spider-Man film was that it was another retread of Spidey’s origin story. Of course, the answer there could simply be that their projections suggest the spinoff films will make enough money on their own to be worth putting out regardless of what direction they plan to take the franchise as a whole in the future.

Another possibility is that they’re simply pushing the film back to combat the possible “Spider-Man fatigue” that domestic audiences are experiencing. The spinoff films can be used to keep audiences interested in Spider-Man’s world without forcing another Spider-Man-centric story on an already burned out American audience. It also allow some time for Peter Parker to grieve and move on from the loss he suffered in Amazing Spider-Man 2, so that his inevitable new romance doesn’t feel rushed, forced, or awkward.

Then again, and this is a longshot, maybe they plan to keep the Amazing Spider-Man universe going, but reboot just the character himself. Perhaps they’re considering introducing Miles Morales as the new Spider-Man. The franchises produces have said they’re not interested in Morales – again, longshot – but it wouldn’t be the first time someone has changed their mind about the character.

Of course, it may all be contingent on how well these proposed spinoffs actually perform. If Sinister Six, Venom and this female led film all do better than expected, maybe whatever possible reboot plans Sony has will be scrapped and the Amazing Spider-Man universe will be kept alive. We’ll have to wait and see.

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  1. Nightwing77

    Such HORRIBLE news. I'm only okay with a reboot. If they keep the cast and no origin. Even then I wish they'd just keep going. And people have more faith in what they are creating. 

  2. They had it right with Tobey McGuire (except for no web shooters). They should just stop and sell the rights back to marvel before they completely RUIN the franchise :(

  3. Sorry for multiple posts, can't find the delete comment tab

  4. So after two films have been finished and released, with more planned, Sony are already doubting that they can compete with Marvel. Spider-Man has enough villains to make its own universe, but they need to have some faith and let it grow. If they're going to copy Marvel's idea, they need to take the same approach and build the universe up film-by-film, not plan to reboot if the next film flops. That or sell the rights back and be done with it. To be fair I don't even think Spider-Man would fit into those films anymore. Perhaps as a random "maybe someday I'll join you" cameo, but that's hardly using him to his potential. 

  5. TurtleDude

    I feel like this is a lot of rumor, and I imagine that we are all overthinking this.

  6. DSniner

    They should have never rebooted in the first place.Sony could have allowed Raimi and McGuire to continue with 4 and 5 ,and then consider to continue with Raimi or reboot.

    This news doesn't surprise me one bit(rumor or not).With Amazing Spiderman 2 under-performing at the box office(yes,I know it did over 700 million at the world-wide BO) but it is the least profitable in the franchise(and both Captain America 2 and X-Men:DOFP did better).And was critically hated by both critics and most importantly,fans of the comic book(I guess all the love went to Guardians of the Galaxy).They tampered too much with the way the villains were portrayed in the movie and ignored the sourse material(also why I believe the new Fantastic Four movie will bomb,ignoring the sourse material).Some people just don't understand that you are going up against comic book material that has existed for 40-50-60-75 years in print and those characters are BURNT into our childhoods and memories.I know that some people love the changes in both Spiderman and Fantastic Four,but they are a minority and Hollywood needs to listen to the real and true fans of all comic books.It will be sad if they reboot spiderman again,because this character deserves to be treated better and with more respect.At this point,if Sony does reboot,then they have dropped the ball and should honor the comic book by letting Spiderman return to his home,Marvel.

  7. roaxs

    This post is so wrong....The rami movies didn't follow the comics at all. They had nods to the comics but literally nothing was like the comics. These movies are just like the comics, it still does it's own thing but the story is a mix of the amazing and ultimate universes. To say anyone who actually enjoyed the first two movies aren't true fans is just really stupid. Move on the old Spiderman trilogy sucked, they were good for it's time but as of now they weren't very good.

  8. Louis

    Sorry, I'm another guy who didn't think the reboot was necessary and wasn't interested in another spider-man origin and universe.   Since their returns keep shrinking, count me as one of the people who are not giving Sony money.  They had an opportunity to make a great Spider-Man 4 and pissed it away.

    As far as comics accuracy, I have no clue what in the Raimi movies was so off-base that you think they are inaccurate.  Organic web shooters?  Mary Jane instead of Gwen Stacy?  That's about it.  Any movie is going to have minor tweaks to characters, plots, and origins.  It's inevitable.  Love The Dark Knight, but that is not Two-Faces comic origin.  That bother you too?

  9. DSniner

    Louis said ... (original post)

    Sorry, I'm another guy who didn't think the reboot was necessary and wasn't interested in another spider-man origin and universe.   Since their returns keep shrinking, count me as one of the people who are not giving Sony money.  They had an opportunity to make a great Spider-Man 4 and pissed it away.

    As far as comics accuracy, I have no clue what in the Raimi movies was so off-base that you think they are inaccurate.  Organic web shooters?  Mary Jane instead of Gwen Stacy?  That's about it.  Any movie is going to have minor tweaks to characters, plots, and origins.  It's inevitable.  Love The Dark Knight, but that is not Two-Faces comic origin.  That bother you too?

    Well said!

    And good point on Two-face,at least he looked and behaved like the Two-Face in the comics,not like the Two-Face portryal by Tommy Lee Jones.

  10. RussBurlingame

    I have serious doubts about this. It seems more like something that was said in passing by a reporter trying to be flip and has taken on a life of its own. I have a very hard time believing that we'll get anything approaching a reboot while they've still got fan-favorite Garfield under contract and spinoffs planned. It's more likely they'll seriously retool the existing franchise when Garfield comes back for his next (final?) movie, which was bound to happen anyway since they lost a writer.