Sony had been in a
bit of a pickle around 2010, as the fourth Raimi movie has stalled and the hard
5-year time limit before the Spider-Man movie rights would revert to Marvel. As
such, they decided to reboot the Spider-Man movie franchise. (500) Days of
Summer director Marc Webb had been tasked with directing this new franchise.
Andrew Garfield was
the actor tapped up by Sony to be the new web-slinger as they sought to reboot
the classic Raimi trilogy. Andrew Garfield had come with some pedigree after
his star-making turn as Eduardo Savarin in The Social Network, so there was
definitely some hype behind this move. With further news that Peter Parker
would be using mechanical web-shooters and that Emma Stone would be playing
Gwen Stacy, there was hope this would be more comic accurate iteration than the
acclaimed Raimi trilogy.
Spider-Man released in 2012 and actually garnered decent reviews (shocking I
know!) as critics praised the more witty Spider-Man, Webb's
emotionally involving take and especially the better chemistry between its
leads. In the box office, The Amazing Spider-Man had grossed $757.9 million against a $230 million budget. As such, a sequel was quickly green lit.
6. Amazing Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2 was soon in production after the release of the first movie. Sony
executives and director Marc Webb had expressed hope that the sequel would
kick-start a wider cinematic universe in order for Garfield's Peter Parker to
explore and grow in. Classic Spider-Man villains such as Green Goblin and
Electro were announced for the sequel whilst Paul Giamatti was signed to play
the Rhino. For some reason.
Initial plans were
also laid in place for various spin-off films starring the Sinister Six (helmed
by Drew Goddard), a Venom movie (which became the Tom Hardy piece we eventually
got), Morbius (which we eventually saw the trailer for) and various others including
Kraven the Hunter. There were also groundwork plans for the 3rd and 4th Amazing
was that Sony seemed to be rushing its hand in establishing a wider shared
universe in an attempt to catch up to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This was
further compounded when the reception towards The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was
decidedly mixed despite still earning $700 million from the box office after an
initial budget of $250 million. This completely threw Sony's planned shared Spidey
universe into a loop.
As such Sony in
2014 was left wondering what could be done to salvage their floundering
Spider-Man IP, they soon decided to consider ideas outside their company, which
led to the collaboration with Marvel Studios to share the Spider-Man IP. It was
eventually decided that Spider-Man would be rebooted and thus Andrew Garfield
was out and Tom Holland is in.
A tech geek and superhero fan at heart! Having graduated with a law degree, Jonathan now seeks to broaden his horizons with various journalistic contributions. He has already written for a consumer electronics blog as well as a legal-tech startup. Currently wishing for Manchester United to regain some form whilst wishing for a Ferrari success finally!