The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may have had high expectations attached to it, but it wound up being the most maligned installment in the franchise. More importantly, though, the movie is on track to make the least amount of money out of the five Spider-Man films released since 2002. There is a chance it won’t even crack $200 million domestic.
This might have Sony rethinking its Spider-Man strategy, because in an article over at Ain’t it Cool (via Collider), it’s being reported that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is being delayed until 2017, as opposed to its planned 2016 release. Sony already has multiple Spider-Man spin-offs in production, including Sinister Six and Venom, so it’s possible that one of those movies will come out in between Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 3 to cleanse the palate of fans before they see more of the Wall Crawler.
Either way, it’s obvious that the studio has a big problem with its Spider-Man franchise. The reboot didn’t accomplish what it set out to do, and, if anything, it’s actually hurt the future of the franchise. Remember, though, nothing is confirmed at this point, so we’ll just have to wait and see.