Marc Webb Won’t Return for The Amazing Spider-Man 4

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We’re still over a month away from the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet there is news out there on the 4th entry, a movie director Marc Webb won’t be returning for it seems.

Or so he announced in an interview with The Daily Beast, “that will close out my tenure” being the direct quote of what he had to say about The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which will be the end of his contract with Sony. Now between you and me, we’ve heard stories like this before, I’m sure if The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is great Sony won’t give up on him so easily. Take Michael Bay, he has said the 3rd movie would be his last too, yet here we are, in 2014 and there’s Transformers: Age of Extinction on the way directed, by Mr. Explosion himself.

A big paycheck and maybe a year off to make his pet project would probably convince the man to return. We don’t need to have The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2018, maybe something else from the expanded Spider-Man universe might pop on there. Venom, Sinister Six, take your pick, either one of those could take that slot and give Marc Webb a year off to take a break from the web crawler. Either way, even if he doesn’t return, he said he’d like to continue as a consultant on future Spider-Man projects.

Another interesting tidbit in the interview might make some of you feel more confident in the upcoming movie. It turns out Sony indeed learned from their past mistakes with Spider-Man 3 and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino will only be in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for a few brief scenes. The real focus will be on Electro, the main villain of the movie. At the same time Sony are setting up a wider universe with this sequel, so expect a few nods, cameos or even more regarding future villains (or heroes) in there.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens April 18th in the UK and May 2nd in the US. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will open May 27th 2016 in the UK and June 10th in the US while The Amazing Spider-Man 4 is scheduled for May 4th 2018 in the US.