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Director Marc Webb Teases Some Kind Of Team Dynamic For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 4'

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by Drew Taylor
July 24, 2013 9:50 PM
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So this is going to be the new "thing" for superhero movies now? One isn't enough, so hot on the heels of Joss Whedon's $1 billion-grossing "The Avengers," and whatever Zack Snyder's Batman/Superman team-up movie is going to be called, director Marc Webb, while talking up next summer's 3D web-slinging adventure "Amazing Spider-Man 2," teased that the fourth film (yes, the fourth) in the franchise might be some kind of team-up movie. "It might not just be a Spider-Man movie," Webb told Crave Online. If it's not just a "Spider-Man" movie could we hope that it's also a "Star Trek" movie? Or maybe "Resident Evil?" Just so we can kill two franchise birds with one stone? At the very least it'd make the summer of 2018 go by a little quicker.

Apparently Webb has locked himself into doing these movies until the end of time, because nothing makes your filmography pop like numbers after the words "Amazing Spider-Man," and was quoted recently as being in it to win it, at least through the fourth movie (out in 2018). When asked about whether or not the story he's telling will go beyond three movies, since most franchises have a trilogy mentality these days, Webb was quick to say that while they had a trilogy in mind, it can go further. "Well, I think this was conceived of as a trilogy so there was a defined architecture to the story we were telling and we had sort of a rough outline of what was going to happen," Webb explained. "I think [for] the fourth movie, what we've discovered is there are so many ancillary characters that have enormous cinematic potential that there may be other ways to exploit those characters, in a way that is exciting and fun and worthwhile."

From the looks of things, Webb is going to add a ton of characters to "Amazing Spider-Man 2" (including Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as The Rhino, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn plus a number of supporting roles that have yet to be concretely identified) and if he continues with that, then there could be a whole plethora of characters to draw from for the fourth movie. At one point in the comic books, the Green Goblin, Norman Osborn, was even a good guy, donning one of Iron Man's suits and calling himself the Iron Patriot (pieces of this, including the star-spangled suit, were utilized for this summer's wonderful "Iron Man 3"). In "Ultimate Spider-Man," which "Amazing Spider-Man" draws a lot from, characters like Iceman (from "X-Men") would regularly stop by – a few mutants even lived with Peter and Aunt May for a while. This is impossible given the rights issues, but a similar team dynamic, which Webb is hinting at, could be achieved. In fact, Webb seems to be purposefully working in new characters for potential usage later. 

"You know, what was fun about the comics is that there's an entire sort of encyclopedia of characters and stories and histories and nuances and idiosyncrasies and off-shoots," Webb told Crave. "I think that that is something that seems to be really successful and has a lot of potential so it's sort of, as yet, undefined, but intentionally so." 

We'll undoubtedly know more before "Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens on May 2nd, 2014.

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13 Comments

  • Ugh | July 26, 2013 12:45 AMReply

    I'd argue it's safe to say The (Un)Amazing Spider-Man Parts 2 & 3 are going to lead up to the Sinister Six in Part 4. Spider-man will team up with Venom who will be introduced in Film 3. Comic book fans will flip their shit & label it the best movie of all time. Everyone else will see a movie overstuffed with comic book lore, bad characters & terrible direction.

    Then the series will be rebooted in time for Summer 2022.

  • tyler4all | July 25, 2013 5:06 PMReply

    Why is Webb talking about the 4th movie? he should worry about the movie he's working on right now. The first one basically sucked ass so, yeah, focus on the task at hand.

  • Reverendpd | July 25, 2013 1:29 AMReply

    I wish that people who hate the idea that comic book movies do really well at the box office would keep their opinions about comic book movies to themselves. Whatever it is they hate about them so much doesn't matter to the majority that likes them.

  • A-Man | July 25, 2013 7:50 AM

    It's okay, Reverend PD.
    One day you'll wake up and realise you've been paying over $10 a pop for the privilege of watching the same movie over and over again. (And I don't just mean the Spider-Man movies.)

    Hollywood works on a pendulum system. First they had Westerns, then they had the 80's Action Films, now they have Superheroes. The genres fade, the big money dies and the indie directors come back in because people do, eventually, realise that they've been duped.

    Open your eyes, get the concrete out of your ears and start realising what's in front of you.

  • Drew | July 25, 2013 7:40 AM

    I don't hate that comic book movies do well. I hate that comic book movies are shitty and often lack imagination, depth, visual flare, or relatable human moments.

  • Washington | July 25, 2013 5:42 AM

    I don't.

  • jmac | July 24, 2013 11:53 PMReply

    butt hurt reporter is butt hurt

  • GaTaffy | July 25, 2013 8:05 AM

    Yes. Yes.

    Whilst you get repeatedly raped by the Studio System.

  • Correctifier | July 24, 2013 11:50 PMReply

    Do your research, Norman Osborne was not a good guy wearing the Iron Patriot armor, he was a corrupt politician falling way out of favor and took an opportunity to basically seize control of SHEILD and the world through strong arm tactics all while the actual good guys were trying to find a way to expose Osborne for what he was, a villain. Spiderman was the biggest proponent of outing Osborn as the villain he was. Osbornes rule led to the fall of Asgard.

  • Correctifier | July 24, 2013 11:49 PMReply

    Do your research, Norman Osborne was not a good guy wearing the Iron Patriot armor, he was a corrupt politician falling way out of favor and took an opportunity to basically seize control of SHEILD and the world through strong arm tactics all while the actual good guys were trying to find a way to expose Osborne for what he was, a villain. Spiderman was the biggest proponent of outing Osborn as the villain he was. Osbornes rule led to the fall of Asgard.

  • Drew | July 25, 2013 7:39 AM

    Oh I read the comic books - this was after the "Secret Invasion," when it was revealed that key heroes could have been replaced by Skrulls (that didn't amount to much but hey). But yes he was posing as a superhero. I should have been more clear on that. I'm not really sure it's a correction, but I am glad someone was out there, in their Spider-Man footy pajamas, to put me in my place.

  • oogle monster | July 24, 2013 10:57 PMReply

    Good god, this is going to be a mess. The first movie was borderline terrible. Webb should stick to making movies that do not involve Spidey.

  • A-Man | July 24, 2013 10:08 PMReply

    "Apparently Webb has locked himself into doing these movies until the end of time"

    So glad you said it.

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