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Discuss: Why One Size Does Not Fit All For Superhero Franchises & Where Sony Went Wrong With ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 21, 2014 4:00 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Though they've been made since the very beginning of the medium, studios are still learning how to craft sequels. Follow-ups used to be frowned upon, perceived as nakedly commercial tactics that frequently didn't involve the participants of the originals. Then they became elaborate, ongoing serialized stories, ones where filmmakers were permitted to present a full saga in chapters. And now, “franchises” have become something else, a lifeblood of Hollywood, one that has flummoxed Sony in regards to the “Spider-Man” movies.

With Rumors Of A Delay For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3,' Is Sony's Biggest Franchise In Trouble?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2014 9:32 AM
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Amazing Spider-Man 2
Amidst all the hoo-ha about the Warner Bros./DC Comics release schedule that landed yesterday, a little tidbit slipped out about when we might next see a film for one of the big rival superhero franchises. Ahead of the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" earlier this summer, Sony announced a summer 2016 release date for "The Amazing Spider-Man 3," and a similar date for "The Amazing Spider-Man 4" in 2018, with "The Sinister Six" and "Venom" spin-offs also planned at some point.

Interview: 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Producers Avi Arad & Matt Tolmach Talk Spin-Off Plans, Crossovers & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Kevin Feige might be the sorcerer supremre of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but when it comes to the "Amazing Spider-Man 2" (and it's own expanding universe), Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are it. Arad is the guy who, back when he ran Marvel, got the comics company back on its feet and started Marvel Studios as a company that could eventually rival any of its Hollywood contemporaries. (It's also worth noting that without his aggressively innovative management, Disney would have never bought Marvel.) Arad now shepherds the crown jewel property that is, as of yet, out of Disney's hands: Spider-Man. Together with Tolmach, Arad's new goal is to rival Marvel's sprawling cinematic landscape, complete with a whole continuum of spin-offs and sequels. We talked about the possibility of multiple cinematic Spider-Men, if the Mary Jane footage will ever see the light of day, and whether or not they see the Spider-universe infecting the small screen too.

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Credits Tease Sinister Six, Marc Webb Talks Shailene Woodley's Cut Scenes

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 30, 2014 10:44 AM
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With its North American release this Friday, Sony’s marketing onslaught for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is drawing to a close but that doesn’t mean the studio is all out of tidbits that make the mouths of fanboys water.

Producers Say 'Sinister Six' & 'Venom' To Come Before 'The Amazing Spider-Man 4' Plus Watch Sinister Six Featurette

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 11, 2014 9:02 AM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Thanks to the wild success the Marvel cinematic universe has had, rival studios have decided the only sure-fire path to success lies in building an elaborate web of spin-offs and team-up films and nowhere does this plan seem more strained than in Sony's attempt to wring every bit of cash they can from "The Amazing Spider-Man" series. The second entry in the web-slinger's rebooted adventures has yet to arrive in theaters (but you can read our review) but that hasn't stopped the studio from locking down their next few years on the big screen.

Drew Goddard To Direct Spider-Man Villains Film 'Sinister Six'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 8, 2014 9:42 AM
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When “Cloverfield” screenwriter Drew Goddard was tapped last December to write the supervillain-center “Amazing Spider-Man” spin-off, “The Sinister Six,” for Sony it was with the understanding that the director’s chair was Goddard’s if he wanted it. Here we are four months later and the screenwriter-turned-director has made his decision.

Watch: 3 Clips & Featurette From 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Plus New Details On Venom & Sinister Six

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 12, 2014 9:05 AM
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We may be nearly two months away from its release, but that won’t stop the marketing onslaught of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” from coming for you. The studio has released another featurette, a couple of clips and a brand new international TV spot for your consumption.

Sony Head Amy Pascal Promises 'Spider-Man' Movies "Every Year," Marc Webb To Helm 'Amazing Spider-Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2014 1:59 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Outside of "The Amazing Spider-Man," Sony doesn't have much in the way of live action franchises, and that could be a problem. “It’s creative entropy, and I think there’s been too much of a reliance on ‘Spider-Man.’ They need some other things to build out,” media analyst Harold Vogel has opined. But Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal believes in Spidey, so much so that she's planning to spin a bigger web around the superhero.

Roberto Orci Talks “Shaken Up” Plots Of ‘Sinister Six’ & ‘Venom’ Films, Plus New Pics From 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 16, 2014 1:51 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Sony has always clutched Spider-Man close in their stake on the future of big-budget superhero films, but their latest ante shows they’re eager to also expand the franchise to just about every villain around. In addition to three forthcoming “Amazing Spider-Man” sequels, last month the studio announced “Venom” and “The Sinister Six” films fronted by a “brain trust” of folks like Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Drew Goddard ("Cabin In The Woods"). A recent chat with Orci revealed a glimpse of exactly how they’re going to pull off that massive feat.

How The 'Avengers'-Izing Of Blockbusters Is Killing Movies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 18, 2013 4:50 PM
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How The 'Avengers'-Izing Of Blockbusters Is Killing Movies
Is it enough to just make one movie anymore? In the wake of Marvel’s audacious world-building in an assembly line of completely indistinguishable adventure movies, the studios would answer no. What used to be one series of movies has become a web, one that involves various other series’ and offshoots of one particular brand.

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