Sony plans to expand Spider-Man franchise with possible spin-offs. Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman, Amy Pascal, has hinted at plans to mine the extended universe of Spider-Man. This has given rise to speculations ranging from increased cameos, within upcoming Spider-Man films, to potential spin-offs.
Amy Pascal on licensing prospects:
“We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains”
It may be a bit premature to assume, based on her comment, that major players in the Spider-Man circle are due their own films/ TV series. The success of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-offs (First Class, and the two Wolverine films), however, would make it a logical conclusion to arrive at. It would most certainly be within the company’s power to do so. Sony enjoys the same licensing lock, on all things Spider-Man, that Fox has on Marvel’s Mutant universe.
Mark Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man and its upcoming sequel, had previously given similar hints.
Mark Webb on the current Spider-Man film franchise:
I think this was conceived of as a trilogy so there was a defined architecture to the story we were telling and we had sort of a rough outline of what was going to happen. I think [for] the fourth movie, what we’ve discovered is there are so many ancillary characters, that have enormous, cinematic potential that there may be other ways to exploit those characters, in a way that is exciting and fun and worthwhile. It might not just be a Spider-Man movie.
You know, what was fun about the comics is that there’s an entire sort of encyclopedia of characters and stories and histories and nuances and idiosyncrasies and off-shoots. I think that that is something that seems to be really successful and has a lot of potential so it’s sort of, as yet, undefined, but intentionally so.
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