Following the success of "The Amazing Spider-Man" in 2012, reports surfaced that Webb might be prevented from returning as director due to an an obligation to Fox. Yet that ultimately did not stop him from taking on this year's sequel, and he's apparently clear for the third, scheduled for just two years later.
Accompanying the Webb news is a bold proclamation from Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal on their already ambitious Spider-Man strategy: "We are expanding the 'Spider-Man' universe into 'The Sinister Six' and 'Venom,' so that we have 'Spider-Man' movies every year." While it's been known that "Sinister Six" and "Venom" films were in development, announcing plans for a Spidey movie every year further confirms the studio's commitment to the franchise.
"Amazing Spider-Man 3" has a scheduled release date of June 10, 2016; but before that, "Amazing Spider-Man 2" arrives May 2 of this year. "Sinister Six" and "Venom" don't have release dates yet, but Drew Goddard is set to write and possibly direct the former; Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board to write "Venom," with Kurtzman slated to direct.