Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man divided universe Didn’t go as expected, but not all plans were abandoned, and there are some films that are still on, albeit a little differently. Spider-Man has an interesting story out on the big screen, starting in 2002 with Sam Raimis Spider Man, in which Tobey Maguire is introduced as Peter Parker and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin.
The film was followed by two sequels – Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and Spider-Man 3 2007 – and brought characters like Doctor Octopus, Venom and Sandman to the big screen. The Spider-Man universe was restarted in 2012 with The incredible Spiderman, now with Marc Webb as director and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. With this new version, Sony intended to create a shared universe of Spider-Man characters that included Venom and the Sinister Six in order to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately the underperformance of The amazing Spider-Man 2 those plans ended, and with the Sony / Marvel deal that brought Spider-Man to the MCU, plans for a third and fourth film were effectively canceled.
However, some of the scheduled films that do not include Spider-Man have not been exactly canceled, but their original plans have been changed or simply postponed. Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man Shared Universe is not going as originally planned, but the studio has already taken some big steps in the right direction, making way for some anticipated films that seemed to be caught in pre-production limbo. Here’s all of that Amazing Spider-Man common universe that is still happening.
Spider-Man: No way home
In 2013, Sony announced a third one Amazing Spider-Man Film and gave it a release date in June 2016. The film would have had Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner as writers again, with Webb and Garfield saying they were ready for it. A fourth film was also announced, with a release date set for 2018, but Webb and Garfield weren’t sure if they were involved in it. That was all before The amazing Spider-Man 2 was released because the studio didn’t expect the film to underperform.
The amazing Spider-Man 2 has been criticized for being overflowing with storylines and villains (Electro, Green Goblin, and Rhino, even if the latter only appeared at the very end) and for focusing too much on visual effects rather than delivering an interesting story with well-developed characters to the audience could connect. As a result, Sony was forced to rethink its plans for a common universe, Orci left the third film to work on it Star Trek Beyond, and the project has been postponed to 2018 with the fourth installment still up in the air.
In 2015, Sony and Marvel finally teamed up to allow Spider-Man to join the MCU, and The amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4th were officially canceled. Spider-Man, now played by Tom Holland, made his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War before jumping to his first solo film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Spidey has come back Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, with his second solo adventure, Spider-Man: Far from home, closes the Infinity Saga. After the Sony / Marvel deal failed in August 2019, the future of Spider-Man was uncertain, but a few weeks later a new deal and a third Spider-Man film was titled Spider-Man: No way home, is now planned for a release in December 2021.
Spider-Man: No way home is on its way to becoming one of the main films in Phase 4 of the MCU as it will continue to explore the multiverse (which has already been teased and partially explored) Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision, and Loki) and its many dangers. After Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) reveals Spider-Man’s identity to the whole world and arrested him for his murder at the end of the year Spider-Man: Far from home, Peter now has to deal with the consequences of this situation and will ask Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help. To ensure the safety of his loved ones, Peter Strange will ask to cast a spell that will make everyone forget he is Spider-Man, but it won’t go as planned and they will further mess up the stability of space and time, giving way to the multiverse madness and the arrival of villains from other timelines (and previous Spider-Man films), as well as Doctor Octopus and Electro. Spider-Man: No way home will pave the way Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, and may also give way to some interesting and highly anticipated transitions with the characters living in Sony’s Spider-Man universe (especially Eddie. Brock / Venom), as originally intended with the Amazing Spider-Man common universe.
Along with Poison, The dark six was one of the most anticipated projects of the Amazing Spider-Man a divided universe, even more so after the second film set up their arrival. At the end of the film, when Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) sends Gustav Fiers to Oscorp to form his own team (starting with Rhino), Fiers walks past Doctor Octopus and Vulture’s guns before stopping in front of Rhino’s suit. During the credits, the schemes of Rhino, Vulture, Doc Ock, Mysterio, and Kraven the Hunter’s weapons and technologies, confirming them as members of Sony’s Sinister Six team, are revealed. The dark six was scheduled for a November 2016 release and had Drew Goddard on board as writer and director, but the Sony / Marvel deal ended the project – for a while.
The current version of Spider-Man has already teased the potential looks of the Sinister Six, introducing Adrian Toomes / Vulture and Quentin Beck / Mysterio as villains Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from home, and with Shocker and Mac Gargan / Scorpion in supporting roles. In addition, Vulture appears in Morbius and Spider-Man: No way home will bring prospective members to Peter’s timeline and further build a future Sinister Six film. In December 2018, producer Amy Pascal confirmed that the studio still intends to move on The dark six with Goddard’s script and waited for him to be ready to direct too. Though not yet confirmed The dark six can still happen as Sony and Marvel have already set it up and Sony hasn’t canceled the project.
Spider-Man spin-offs take place (and are successful)
As previously mentioned, Poison and The dark six were the announced Spider-Man spin-offs when the Amazing Spider-Man common universe was still a thing. Poison was written by Kurtzman, Orci, and Ed Solomon, with Kurtzman on board to also direct, and was to be published in between The amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4th. After the Sony / Marvel deal and although Sony was still planning to produce the spin-offs itself, Poison and The dark six were considered canceled.
Poison was saved in 2016 when Dante Harper wrote a new script that was later revised by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Ruben Fleischer was then brought in to direct and Tom Hardy was heralded as Eddie Brock / Venom. Even though Poison wasn’t well received by critics, it was a hit with viewers and a huge box office hit, and so the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (now renamed Sony’s Spider-Man Universe) officially began. PoisonSuccess has opened the doors for Morbiusthat holds some connections to the MCU, and Poison: Let there be slaughterwhich in turn may give way to other planned outsourcing.
Maybe it wasn’t the right time for a shared universe of Sony’s Marvel characters, or the studio just needed more time to really know what it wanted and how it could be achieved, but there is a new glimmer of hope for the projects, who were once part of the Amazing Spider-Man divided universe, and hopefully they will finally happen in the near future.
Next: What Went Wrong With Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man Movies
- Morbius (2022)Release DATE: January 21, 2022
- Poison: Let There Be Slaughter (2021)Release date: 10/01/2021
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Release date: 12/17/2021
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