Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal Hints at SPIDER-MAN Spin-Offs

     November 21, 2013


Superheroes now dominate the multiplex, but Sony Pictures only has one major character: Spider-Man.  Thankfully, he’s one of the biggest, and he’s got a colorful gallery of supporting characters.  While The Amazing Spider-Man franchise could be building to the wallcrawler facing off against the supervillain group Sinister Six, the new Spidey movies are only coming out once every two years.  Other studios with more characters are trying to force out one every year, or in Marvel’s case, two per year.  In order to stay competitive, Sony might start digging into Spider-Man’s supporting cast.

Hit the jump for more.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014  The Amazing Spider-Man 3 opens June 10, 2016, and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 opens May 4, 2018.

venomAccording to The Wrap, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal told investors “We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains,” earlier today.

The name that should be ringing in your head right now is Venom.  He’s popular among fanboys, and he’s got Spider-Man’s powers and then some.  In the comics, the alien symbiote suit can be summoned at any time, makes host Eddie Brock bigger, stronger, and provides him with an overabundance of slobber.  The character was introduced through Spider-Man (Peter Parker had the symbiote first but shunned it, so it found a new host with rival photographer Brock), but there may not be time or space to provide the introduction in The Amazing Spider-Man movies.

Another likely candidate could be the cat burglar Black Cat, who may or may not be in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  She doesn’t have any superpowers, but if the character does turn out to be in the sequel and audiences find her endearing, it could be enough to get her a spin-off.

Sony’s decision to keep pumping Spider-Man movies into the multiplex makes sense, but they’ll have to be cautious when it comes to expanding his universe while he swings elsewhere.


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  • really?

    uhhh cool? does it really matter any more? Superheroes, superheroes, superheroes…..

  • El actor secundario Bob

    Milking the cow, milking the cow all day looooooooooooooooong!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • axalon

      Hell yeah, let’s beat the superhero genre so far into the ground that even kids will get tired of it!

  • Jimmy B

    First make a decent Spider-Man movie, then talk about spin-offs.

    • paul h

      SM2? Still entertaining IMO, I’d prolly still rate in in my top 5 superhero flicks, and definitely top 10.

      • The Flobbit

        SM2 is the greatest superhero film ever made and I will challenge ANYONE on that. But that’s over – Maguire and Raimi are over. Now it’s Garfield, who’s got charisma, but his film was crap.

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  • JD

    Just give him back to Marvel, already. This is absurd.

    Spidey’s supporting cast and rogues gallery is one of the best, but they only really matter in relation to Peter Parker. And in addition to that, Pete often shines best when teaming up with other heroes. Kinda difficult to do when they only have one property.

    • name

      So they can make rom-coms with him like they did to thor? no thanks, as much as i’d like to see him in an avengers movie, at least sony are making more serious movies.

      • The_Smirking_Revenge

        The amazing Spider-Man was anything but a serious movie. It was a sad attempt to “Dark Knight” the Web-slinger, and it turned out pretty lame. It was lacking everything that makes Spidey and his supporting cast of rogues and heroes such compelling characters.

        Dark does not equal serious.

        All we got with ASM was a paper-thin plot about Lizard trying to turn NYC into Lizards..? and a Spider-Man who continues to take his fucking mask off every chance he gets. Something Spider-Man never does in the comics. Not to mention, Gleaming-the-Cube Peter Parker, With Anakin Skywalker syndrome. Kid was kind of a whiny bitch at times, then super cool-guy McCool at other times. You could tell the writer’s had no idea who Peter Parker is, because he’s neither of those.

        They’re already overloading on villains in the sequel with a plan to do the Sinister Six… Because Sony and Co. missed the what happened with Spider-man 3, Batman and Robin, Green Lantern, etc…

        They need to focus on getting Spidey right before they go and fuck up some other good characters.

        And you can’t have a Venom standalone flick without introducing the symbiote in Spider-Man…. Otherwise, no Venom.

        These people should at least try reading a comic once in a while, it might help.

      • eternalozzie

        this spider-man has so much more depth than the raimi/power ranger spider-man …

      • YodaRocks

        What depth? Care to clarify? In fact, the recent Spiderman is superficial. In their attempt to make him “cooler” they ended up making a punk.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    When do the rights go back to Disney/Marvel?

    • paul h

      I don’t think the details of the contract are public knowledge, but maybe… as long as Sony keep making the films, and maybe having to pay to re-up the contract every so often (IIRC it was reported that between SM3 and ASM they had to make a payment of ~$35m to keep the deal going), never?

      Or a long time at any rate. I would imagine if they’ve announced dates through to ASM4 in 2018 that they have a lock on it until then.

  • paul h

    I think anyone who’s already tired of superhero films… prolly has (at least) a few years of frustration yet cuz I don’t see hollywood stopping until there’s a string of bombs from a bunch of studios, and given the still healthy BO of the superhero films this year I don’t think that’s gonna happen any time soon.

    Maybe the market will be saturated in a few years when Marvel/DC/Sony/Fox all have multiple series out all leading to crossover films, and that’ll lead to a superhero crash but that’s prolly still conditional on (some of?) those films being stinkers, and if Fox (of all studios!) can apparently learn the lesson that improved quality of films can lead to improved BO (I mean, who’da thunk it!) then I think that maybe the days of studios rushing out turds like X3/Wolverine Origins are behind us.

    Personally I’m still not tired of (good, or even competent) superhero films yet, bring it on I say!

    • Merlin235

      People have been predicting public exhaustion of superheroes since about the time Spider-man 2 came out. I remember when they announced a third one people were saying “they better be careful man, people are already showing signs they’re getting bored with them.” Ha, so bizarre. I know it will happen SOME time, but the stories are just so interesting right now. And entertaining.

      • Angelo Barovier

        …and may be able to spin away from the regular comic-book stuff and tell some darker or less formulaic tales. Westerns became established as a genre and then they started telling some more interesting stories within it. It’s a shame, I think, that Watchmen didn’t come out after The Avengers. I think it would have been better received with that cinematic context.

        Anyway, the first Kick-Ass was like the CBM version of The Wild Bunch. Can’t wait until we see something analogous to The Searchers or even True Grit. Then, maybe one day, we’ll get the CBM equivalent of Unforgiven. And that’d just be dandy.

  • The_Smirking_Revenge

    No One gives a shit, Sony. You’re spinoffs sound about as awesome as that Electra thing that came out a few years back.. Ya know what we want? Spidey back with Marvel.

    I would like to see the Civil War storyline brought to life on the big screen. We need Spider-man to help make that happen.

    • eternalozzie

      we dont need your civil war

      • Angelo Barovier

        It feeds the rich while it buries the poor.

    • The Flobbit

      We also don’t need Sony back with Marvel. Don’t give Disney a monopoly of the film industry. I believe that Sony can do just fine if it has a strong director and a good script.

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  • Scurvy

    For some reason, this craze reminds me of the Guitar Hero craze from a few years ago. A couple of big studios racing against one another to flood the markets with spin offs and peripheral items until everyone gets tired of it and the market falls in on itself.


    I think what we really need is a spin off film for The Joker! Willem Dafoe would be perfect.

    • The Flobbit

      That is one neat picture, but NO to the Joker spin-off. The Joker is stronger as an antagonist – with a hero beside him to contrast.

      • Angelo Barovier

        I want my damn Joker WITH Harley Quinn movie, dammit.

        Damn you, Nolan! /shakesfist

      • The Flobbit

        Why damn Nolan for making the greatest superhero trilogy EVER?

      • Angelo Barovier

        …because there was no Harley Quinn in it, that’s why.

      • The Flobbit

        Who would you have cast as Harley and what would the movie have been about?

      • Angelo Barovier

        I would have cast whomever fit the role and not relegated the casting to big names. And, I’m not the scriptwriter nor have I thought how the movie would have been different with Harley in it. It’s an interesting question but I have no answer for it.

      • MIXTER

        I still would have him as an antagonist, maybe a prequel of events (separate to the DK trilogy) But before Batman gets on the scene, He ends up in Arkham at the end after an intense Police sting operation, but then Maybe have Harley break him out at the very end. Then
        cut to a Bat signal in the sky, which baffles Joker as to what it is. …

      • The Flobbit

        Classy…but there’s still the issue of Heath Ledger, who casts a very long shadow indeed. Also, there has yet to be a successful superhero film that centered around a villain…

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