Well, it looks like it’s finally been decided – The Amazing Spider-Man is set to be a trilogy. The news was announced on the official Facebook page after producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach met with SuperHeroHype last week. At the time, Tolmach was non-commital about how many movies may follow after this week’s successful release.
The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $35 million in its opening day this week, including the $7.5 million from midnight screenings. $4 million of that amount is from the movie’s IMAX 3D screenings — which means the film has surpassed the previous Tuesday record of $27.8 million set and held by Michael Bay’s Transformers exactly five years ago; a very promising start to a great week in terms of box office sales.
Reading the signs, it was pretty obvious there would be a sequel (more below), but nothing had really been announced. Tolmach spoke of the possibility of a trilogy last week:
“We knew that it was going to be more than one, and at the very least three. We’re going to let this movie tell us what the story is.”
But now the official Facebook page seems to have decided they may as well go ahead and make another trilogy. As stated in a post on Monday:
“It’s finally here! The Amazing Spider-Man is the first instalment in a movie TRILOGY that will explore how our fave hero’s journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents.”
Sony Pictures had already committed to a sequel before The Amazing Spider-Man opened, scheduling it for May 2, 2014, and even offered a potential tease in the end credits scene – but that was no guarantee that there would be a third.
Another sign there would be a sequel, was Marvel Studios‘ recent decision to move their scheduled and still unconfirmed mid-May 2014 release to early August. Hmmm, could that be to give Sony a bit more room with the Spider-Man sequel and a little more breathing space for their own Captain America sequel which is being released in early April 2014? Sounds likely.
There’s still no word on whether director Marc Webb will stay on for the other two movies, or if Sony Pictures will be looking for another director to take the helm.