Despite the fact that it opened to mixed reviews and didn’t bring in as much coin as the movies in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man was profitable enough that it was sure to spawn at least one sequel. Given the fact that the reboot wasn’t successful enough to be crowed about as a home run, and Webb was reportedly looking for a raise to work on a second film, however, it was always in doubt who would actually end up helming a second go-around with the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man.
We can all stop speculating now though, because Columbia Pictures has announced [via THR] that Webb has been signed for the sequel and will reunite with stars Andrew Garfield and (most likely) Emma Stone to begin shooting sometime in early 2013. At this point the film has been slotted in for a May 2, 2014 release.
Studio president Doug Belgrad said of Webb’s signing, “We could not be more confident in the direction we are taking this new Spider-Man storyline, and we are tremendously excited to be ramping up production again with Marc at the helm and Andrew continuing on as Peter Parker. We can’t wait to share what we have in store for Peter and Spider-Man with audiences worldwide.”
What do the fans think though? Are you excited to see what Belgrad and company want to share with you? While The Amazing Spider-Man wasn’t exactly beloved, it seems like it was embraced enough to be viewed as a solid foundation for a new franchise. Smooth over some of the rough edges of the reboot and there’s serious potential there for awesome Spider-Man stories, just based on the cast that Webb put together alone. Some fans have even gone as far as to offer up some suggestions of what an Amazing Spider-Man sequel could do to improve over the original.
Will The Amazing Spider-Man 2, or The Spectacular Spider-Man, or whatever this new installment is going to be called, finally be the Spider-Man movie of our dreams? Or has Spider-Fatigue finally set in? Would you rather they knocked it off with the Spider-Man movies for a decade or so and then let Marvel Studios give us their take on the character?
Nah, more Spider-Man is always better than no Spider-Man. Let’s start getting pumped for 2014.