Collider has an article up today reporting that Sony wants at least one Spider-Man movie released each year, including the already-mentioned Venom and Sinister Six vehicles.
Marc Webb will be returning for the third installment of the Spider-reboot, while ASM2 screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner already started work on Amazing Spider-Man3 last year. Sony wants to kick in production on the next Spider-movie this fall, which will mean either Venom (directed by Alex Kurtzman) or the Sinister Six, which is set to be directed by Drew Goddard. Goddard is also busy putting together the upcoming Daredevil series for Marvel Studios and Netflix.
One important observation is made by Collider’s Adam Chitwood:
The big question with releasing a new Spider-Man film every year, though, is whether audiences will become fatigued. Marvel can get away with releasing two new movies a year because they have separate franchises with separate characters and wildly different tones; Thor and Captain America are worlds apart from each other, literally. Sony, however, only holds the rights to all of the characters within the Spider-Man series, which means all of its films occupy a much smaller and singular universe. Will audiences be itching to get a yearly fix of Spider-Man? I’m not so sure, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Is Spidey’s stable diverse enough to avoid the fatigue he’s mentioning? Also bear in mind that while Sony would like for there to be yearly releases they’ve made other claims that later fell through. Sony once stated that they saw the Raimi films as the start of a lengthy franchise that would be similar to James Bond, but then they rebooted it later after just three films. Another roadblock might be Andrew Garfield moving on after the third rebooted film. If Garfield leaves Spidey will Sony reboot the franchise yet again just to keep their hands on it?
Of course they would. Heh.
Anyway, check out the lengthy article on Collider!