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Spider-man Spins A Web of Spin-offs

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The sequel to last year’s hit “The Amazing Spider-man" doesn’t even hit theaters until next summer, but Sony Pictures is already looking ahead to branch out and expand the franchise. It was announced today that the studio plans to create spin-offs featuring some of the superhero’s best known villians. Included in the plans are fan favorite Venom, who was previously seen in “Spider-man 3,” and the Sinister 6.

In a move similar to the deal that Marvel has put into place with Joss Whedon, Sony has hired Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci, Drew Goddard, Jeff Pinkner and Ed Solomon, to write the upcoming sequel and the spin-off films. The hope is that by locking these writers in now, this brain trust will be able to expand the Spider-man universe with a consistent tone across all of the upcoming films. Director Marc Webb, who has directed the first two films in the rebooted franchise, is expected to return for the third outing, which has already been scheduled for release on June 10, 2016.

The question remaining, however, is what role Spiderman plays in these new films and more specifically actor Andrew Garfield. The actor is contracted for just one more film to wrap up the trilogy and in a recent interview he didn’t sound too optimistic about returning for additional outings.

"I mean I'm under contract for another one after this," Garfield said recently. "As far as a forth one? That's not anything to do with me."

The Spider-man franchise has been the most successful in Sony's history. To date, the four films have grossed over $1 billion dollars in the United States and more than $3.2 billion worldwide.

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