- For the first film in the series, see The Amazing Spider-Man. For the achievement, see Amazing Spider-Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man (abbreviated as TASM or ASM) was a series of media focusing around the Marvel Entertainment hero Spider-Man. However, the franchise was cancelled due to another reboot, being set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Amazing Spider-ManEdit
- Main article: The Amazing Spider-Man
Sony announced that the franchise would be rebooted with a new director and new cast. The Amazing Spider-Man was released on July 3, 2012 in 3D and IMAX 3D, and is intended to focus on Peter Parker developing his abilities in high school. Sony also confirmed that James Vanderbilt would write the script for the new film and Marc Webb, whose previous film (500) Days of Summer was his directorial debut, would direct the reboot. Entertainment Weekly called Vanderbilt's script "gritty, contemporary" and referenced Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan's reboot of the Batman film series, which also reinvented the tone of the series. The cast includes Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors. Merchandising rights were sold by Sony to Disney Consumer Products in 2011, in exchange for full participation in the films themselves.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2Edit
- Main article: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Series co-star Emma Stone said The Amazing Spider-Man would be the first in what is envisioned as a new series. Columbia Pictures said in March 2011 that it had contracted James Vanderbilt to write a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, and by April 2012, Sony had contracted Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner to re-write the sequel. In August 2011, nearly a year before The Amazing Spider-Man's release, Sony announced a sequel release date of May 2, 2014. Star Andrew Garfield said days before the release of The Amazing Spider-Man that, "If we do [a sequel], I hope I can do it — I hope they'd let me do it. ... They already have a release date for the second one. But no script! So we have our priorities in order." On September 14, 2012, it was confirmed that Garfield will return to the role and that Marc Webb will return as director. A second sequel was also expected, but has since been cancelled due to the deal with Marvel Studios. J. K. Simmons, who portrayed J. Jonah Jameson in Raimi's trilogy, expressed interest in returning to the role. On October 10, 2012, it was announced that Shailene Woodley was offered the role of Mary Jane Watson for the first sequel. Woodley was cast as Mary Jane Watson, but with a small role in the second film, and a larger role planned for the third film. However, it was announced on June 19, 2013, that Mary Jane was cut from the film and moved to the sequel in order to streamline the story and focus on the relationship between Garfield's and Stone's characters. On November 1, 2012, it was announced that Jamie Foxx was in "early talks" to play the role of Electro in the second film, later it was confirmed he would be playing the character. On November 16, 2012, it was revealed that Harry Osborn would appear in the film. On December 3, 2012, Marc Webb revealed that Dane DeHaan was cast in the role. In February 2013, it was announced that Paul Giamatti would play the Rhino and Chris Cooper would play Norman Osborn.
- Main article: Sinister Six (film)
In December 2013, Sony announced two spin-offs of the Amazing Spider-Man series, which include the Sinister Six and Venom, with Drew Goddard attached to write and direct the film, as the film will be a redemption story on the characters and it won't feature the original lineup of the previous film. Andrew Garfield, Dane Dehaan, Paul Giamatti, and Michael Masse would have reprised their roles as Spider-Man, Green Goblin, Rhino, and The Gentleman.
- Main article: Venom (film)
On December 12, 2013, Sony issued a press release through the viral site, Electro Arrives announcing that two films were in development. With Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon writing a spin-off focused on Venom (with Kurtzman attached to direct). Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio. According to Cinematallica, actor Finn Wittrock is the current front-runner for Eddie Brock/Venom and reports are saying that Alan Tudyk is up for Cletus Kasady/Carnage. It was revealed in 2015, that the movie was split into two different movies, this particular one re-titled The Amazing Spider-Man: Venom.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3Edit
- Main article: The Amazing Spider-Man 3
In February 2014, Sony announced that Webb would return to direct the third Amazing Spider-Man film. In March 2014, Webb stated that he would not be directing the fourth film, but would like to remain as a consultant for the series. On July 11, 2014, Orci told IGN that he's not working on the third film due to the third Star Trek film. Kurtzman revealed in an interview that the third film is still continuing production and there is a possibility of seeing a Black Cat film. On July 23, 2014, Sony Pictures announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was delayed to 2018. On February 10, 2015, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and its sequels were officially cancelled after Sony Pictures & Marvel Studios forged a deal to "re-inteprete" Spider-Man and introduce into Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Spider-Man making his first debut appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
The Amazing Spider-Man 4Edit
- Main article: The Amazing Spider-Man 4