Three weeks after Sony announced its intentions expand the Spider-Man universe beyond the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise, the studio did just that. Via a viral website that was teased in the recent "Amazing Spider-Man 2" trailer, Sony revealed that plans are in motion for not just "The Amazing Spider-Man 3," but also "Venom" and "Sinister Six," two films that would focus on famous Spider-Man villains.
According to a press release from Sony, "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" will arrive in theaters on June 10, 2016. Marc Webb, who directed the first two "Amazing Spider-Man" films, is not officially attached to direct, but Sony "hopes Webb will return." After that the two spin-off films are set for release, though neither has been set on the calendar. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who co-wrote "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" with Jeff Pinker ("Fringe"), and will have the task of pushing out a script for "The Amazing Spider-Man 3," will co-write "Venom" with Ed Solomon ("Now You See Me"). Kurtzman is set as director of that film.
For "Sinister Six," Drew Goddard, of "Cabin in the Woods" fame, will write the script and potentially direct the film as well. Goddard is also working on Marvel's "Daredevil" Netflix series.
No word on casting yet, but expect Andrew Garfield, your current friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, to return for "The Amazing Spider-Man 3." Whether he stars in the previously planned "The Amazing Spider-Man 4," or whether that film is one of these spin-offs, is unclear.
"I mean I'm under contract for another one after this," Garfield told Yahoo UK in a recent interview. "As far as a forth one? That's not anything to do with me."