‘Spider-Man’ spinoff ‘Sinister Six’ set for 2016, sequel pushed to 2018

July 23, 2014 | 12:47 p.m.

Fans will have to wait a little longer to see Andrew Garfield swing back into theaters as Spider-Man.

Sony Pictures announced Wednesday that “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” has been delayed by two years. The film, which previously had been set to open June 2016, is now slotted for 2018.

However, “The Sinister Six,” the Drew Goddard-directed vehicle that will focus on a cadre of Spider-Man villains, is now set to open on Nov. 11, 2016.

Goddard, who won accolades for “Cabin in the Woods,” which he directed and co-wrote with Joss Whedon,  is also serving as executive producer on another Marvel Comics-inspired project, the upcoming “Daredevil” series for Netflix, which will star Charlie Cox as the blind superhero.

Marc Webb is expected to remain in the director’s chair on “Amazing Spider-Man 3” after his rousing success with 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and, to a lesser degree, the follow-up released in May, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The 2014 sequel grossed $706 million worldwide, a bit less than the reboot’s $758 million, and was met with mixed reviews.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb. (Los Angeles Times)

Director Marc Webb. (Los Angeles Times)

Webb came to the franchise as a somewhat unlikely choice — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. But his original Marvel adaptation, which rebooted the franchise that Sam Raimi had so successfully helmed roughly a decade earlier, turned out to be a blockbuster hit that took in upward of $262 million at the domestic box office and also earned critical praise, thanks in part to the winning chemistry between English actor Garfield and his costar Emma Stone, who played Parker’s lady love Gwen Stacy.

The most recent film saw Garfield’s Peter Parker face off against several foes: Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, an Eastern Bloc criminal who becomes the Rhino, Dane DeHaan as Oscorp heir Harry Osborn, who suits up as the Green Goblin, and Jamie Foxx’s Electro, who begins the movie as the meek Oscorp employee Max Dillon and develops a masterful control of the power grid.

In other Sony news, the studio also set a date for “Uncharted,” the action pic based on the top-selling PlayStation video game series. The feature directed by Seth Gordon will be released June 10, 2016, and will follow the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake.

— Margaret Wappler and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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2 Responses to ‘Spider-Man’ spinoff ‘Sinister Six’ set for 2016, sequel pushed to 2018

  1. Sean says:

    What if they made a Green Goblin spin-off movie focusing on Dane DeHaan. Sony is really setting up Oscorp so maybe they could have an Oscorp-centric story and introduce a lot of new characters like Hobgoblin, Kingpin, Black Cat and set up the Sinister Six in that film. It would be a great way of expanding the universe and giving more screen time to Dane as the Goblin.

  2. Michael Aviles says:

    I liked that they pushed the 3rd Amazing Spiderman film to 2018. That should give everyone a break from him since what happened at the end of the film. If they stuck to the original release date it would have felt like everything was happening to fast. This gap should give the character time to get over his loss and us as an audience to move on to other things that go on in this universe. We'll get to meet the sinister six, and depending on how that ends, it could lead us back to the Amazing Spiderman 3. And by then that 3rd sequel should be awesome and better than the first 2.

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