Almost four years ago Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad was busy telling us that the rebooted Spider-Man movies weren’t reboots.
They very much in fact were.
Just over a year ago Arad was saying the following regarding a possible crossover between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Sony Spider-Man reboot:
“I for one don’t see the value for us in it. I think we’re doing such a good job with the Spider-Man Universe. Spider-Man is arguably the number one character in the world. He shouldn’t make a cameo.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter Avi Arad and fellow producer Matt Tolmach are no longer producers on the Spider-Man film franchise and Marc Webb won’t be returning (though we knew that already.) Arad and Tolmach have both been demoted:
… director Marc Webb will not be back to complete a third Spider-Man (the studio originally envisioned its Amazing Spider-Man oeuvre as a trilogy with Webb and Garfield aboard for all three). Amazing producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad have been downgraded to executive producers, with no real say in the creative direction of the franchise.
Hollywood Reporter also had the following to say about Andrew Garfield and what the current casting direction is:
And though Spider-Man will first appear in an unnamed Marvel movie, Sony and Pascal will have more influence over the actor cast in the iconic role because Sony retains final approval. The studio is currently looking for an actor much younger than 31-year-old Andrew Garfield, who most recently portrayed the superhero, as well as a writer for its reboot.
Hollywood Reporter’s basically calling this the third Spider-Man reboot. And they’re correct to do so. Still, other sites are citing their own sources saying that we’re not going to get a detailed origin again.