If Ain’t It Cool News are to be believed, Amazing Spider-Man 3 will not be seen until 2017. The third movie of the rebooted series was originally planned for a 2016 release date, with a fourth film in 2018, continuing the biyearly releases of the Webb helmed pictures.
The move is believed to be motivated by a worry of audience fatigue to one of the comics biggest names, the perceived reason for the drastic drop in ticket sales after an impressive opening for Amazing Spider-Man 2. Releasing with a three year gap has proven to be a successful formula for Sony’s Spidey pics in the past, with three years between Sam Raimi’s second and third films resulting in Spider-Man 3 having the highest box-office haul to date (albeit only narrowly defeating Amazing Spider-Man 2).
The move is also logical given the plans to expand the Spider-Man universe outwards with the Sinister Six and Venom spin-off films. With the core franchise releasing every two years, the spin-offs would presumably slot in the years between, resulting in a Spidey related film every summer. There seems little doubt that fatigue would be a real worry, especially given the superhero heavy slate for the foreseeable future.
Nothing has been confirmed, so file this as a rumour for now, but it has to be seen as a wise move – especially given the strong likelihood (ASM2 SPOILERS) that the Sinister Six will be causing mayhem in the third film, and handling so many villains will require a tight script.