Is THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2's Director Marc Webb Mapping Out A Massive Spider-Verse?

Is THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2's Director Marc Webb Mapping Out A Massive Spider-Verse?

Cinema Blend's Sean O'Connell speculates what the star-studded cast that is been formed around THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN could possibly mean to the Spider-Man franchise.

Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben) and Rhys Ifans(Lizard/Curt Connors) are been joined by Jamie Foxx (Electro/Max Dillon), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn), Shailene Woodley (Mary Jane Watson), Paul Giamatti (Rhino), Colm Feore and possibly Felicity Jones in an undisclosed role. That's a crowded lot of talent that Marc Webb is cramming it up for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 here.

So what if the reason behind the casting of all these actors is that Marc Webb has been given the mandate of building the Spider-World very similar to what was done with the Marvel Movieverse with the PHASE ONE movies? What if THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is not only a sequel for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN's first film, but the start of what could lead Sony to build their own version of the Spider-Man universe, not much different of what we've seen Marvel Films pulling it off?

That's what Cinema Blend's Sean O'Connell thinks. Check it out a blurb of his editorial below and sound off with your own theories after the jump.

“Please don’t tell me we’re in for another Spider-Man 3.”

I read your mind. That’s the thought that popped into most of your heads when you read how Marc Webb might want Paul Giamatti to play The Rhino in his planned sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. Please don’t tell me that we’re lining up for an overstuffed, undercooked Spider-Man movie with too many villains and too little attention paid to vital characters in Peter Parker’s universe.

Let’s take a quick head count. Webb’s movie already snared Jamie Foxx to play Electro, whom most of us believed would be Spidey’s chief nemesis. Supporting roles have been carved out for Dane Dehaan (Harry Osborn) and Shailene Woodley (Mary Jane Watson). The THR story about Giamatti also mentioned a possible role for Like Crazy beauty Felicity Jones. And we haven’t even mentioned Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen or Sally Field … all holdovers from Webb’s original movie.

Instead of falling on the Spider-Man 3 sword and fearing the worst, though, I’ve allowed the news to settle, contemplated a few crucial puzzle pieces, read a lot of analysis and reached a different conclusion. Marc Webb isn’t making Spider-Man 3 … he’s reaching for the stars and casting his version of The Avengers.

It goes without saying that Joss Whedon’s behemoth of a blockbuster forever altered the way studios view superhero properties. To quote Heath Ledger’s Joker in another genre game-changer, “I know the truth: there's no going back. You've changed things ... forever.” No longer should comic-book characters be limited to one movie and possibly a sequel. To survive and thrive, studios need to expand their universe and create worlds where heroes and villains can come and go, interact and interchange. Webb seems to be casting for the long term. He appears to be stock-piling his Spider-Man universe.

Marc Webb's response to Sean O'Connell's article?

In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers.

The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dan Mindel, production designer Mark Friedberg, editors Pietro Scalia and Elliot Graham, and costume designer Deborah L. Scott.

The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014.
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PC04 - 2/5/2013, 8:17 PM
C'mon Webb! Give us a real Venom!
JDUKE25 - 2/5/2013, 8:32 PM
I really hope the suit looks like that one in the sequel
Jollem - 2/5/2013, 8:40 PM
of course he's setting up something big. he laid the ground work in the first movie. i'm excited
BrosephStalin - 2/5/2013, 9:02 PM
LMAO! What a crap idea.
StuckInPanels - 2/5/2013, 9:02 PM
this is a model that I would like to see. Instead of constant reboots and remakes to give us the same churn out creations. Expanding the universe makes it that much better. Perhaps we can get Kaine and Miles having their own movies, as well as Venom.
AmazingFantasy - 2/5/2013, 9:10 PM
If only...

Jollem - 2/5/2013, 9:13 PM
Shua - 2/5/2013, 9:40 PM
I'm really happy that Sony and Fox are working on connected cinematic universes. If all the properties were at Marvel we wouldn't get the diversity in movies every year because they could only focus on 2 to 3 each year. I think we're living in the golden age of CBM's right now.
FirstAvenger - 2/5/2013, 9:41 PM
I think it's connected to the MCU. Good read cap'n Jack.
Mrcool210 - 2/5/2013, 9:46 PM
people are saying that because webb made that tweet that means this new spidey is tied into the mcu and may appear in other mcu movies, i hope to god thats true
HongKongPooey - 2/5/2013, 10:06 PM
what kinda universe can Sony set up with? who else do Sony own?
DioFoRio - 2/5/2013, 10:22 PM
by setting up a universe do you mean the only universe they can set up ....which is the spider-man universe? lol it's expected to expand said characters world. Sounds funny is all Like someones trying to sell you on something that is already included with your purchase.
Jollem - 2/5/2013, 10:26 PM
^there was talk of a separate venom movie. that would constitute a "shared universe" right there
BraxtonHicks - 2/5/2013, 10:27 PM
If the universe is getting bigger, maybe we'll see not only the heroes transverse between studios and franchises but also maybe the villains as well... One day, we might see The Rhino and Scorpion take on The Hulk or Red Skull team with Kingpin battle Daredevil and Wolverine... Just a thought...
ShadowOfTheWeb - 2/6/2013, 12:06 AM
damn straight @Shua. Golden age is here!
UltimateTypeface - 2/6/2013, 12:07 AM
I like how evry half ass film company has decided to set up there own shared universe after Marvel's success.

- Webs's Spideyverse

- Millars X-menverse

- DC's Justice League...Ha ha ha!

- Whats next? Muppetverse??

Its not so easy to develop 6 or 7 characters and tell a good story -Marvel made it look easy.

Good luck punks!!!

Jollem - 2/6/2013, 12:32 AM
technically, i'd say we're in the silver age of cbms

what's hard about making movies with different people, then filming them standing next to each other and talking and stuff?
IronDean2099 - 2/6/2013, 12:53 AM
I think the rumored Venom spin off could help build towards Sinister Six without taking too much villain time in the Spider-Man movies.
Paragon79 - 2/6/2013, 4:14 AM
Article needs some editing man.
Cosmic1 - 2/6/2013, 5:26 AM
What are they gonna do have individual villian movies? It's too soon to introduce venom, especially with so many characters that have never been used. Creating a spiderverse is a bad idea. Maybe they'll give JJ a solo flick, but honestly no one but spider-man from his world can draw a big enough crowed, bad bad idea. Maybe a sinister six origin movie leading to a spidey flick might work.
JatevinM - 2/6/2013, 7:11 AM
I seriously want to see Spiderman in the Avengers. It would be pretty cool to see Fury approach him at the end of the Amazing Spiderman 2.
KeefNCookies - 2/6/2013, 7:29 AM
Yeeeaaa-noooooo. I wont be going to theaters for any of it, even if it did make sense, which it doesnt.

Boycott FOX & SONY CBMs for life~
ItsNotASchooner - 2/6/2013, 7:43 AM
I hope I'm not alone in this, but I would love to see Carnage on screen. Logistics are weird because of the Venom relationship, but perhaps you can have Carnage without the character of Venom fully present? I don't know...thoughts anyone?
Canon108 - 2/6/2013, 8:02 AM
I'm not sure SONY would go with Spider-Man teaming up with the Avengers...they might, you never know. But I always wanted to see a crossover with Spider-Man and X-Men. We could finally have that big screen fight between Spider-Man and Wolverine.
RetroFit - 2/6/2013, 9:47 AM
Colm Feore? Awesome! He can only be playing Norman Osborn! Sinister Six lining up nicely!
Ramiel - 2/6/2013, 12:16 PM
I believe Spider-Man will be used in the future Avengers movies.
HelaGood - 2/6/2013, 12:54 PM
i confirm TheHeat's comment!

thats exactly what Webb means in his tweet!!!!
thewolfx - 2/6/2013, 1:41 PM
Fix that shit suit and make your characterizations more true to the comics then we can talk about a private univere
CaptainAmerica31 - 2/6/2013, 2:19 PM
@battlinmurdock well maybe he didn't wanna come back becasue Sony wasn't giving him creative control. Maybe he came back because they gave him control? Thus the expanded universe

I think this guy is going to far into it but it could be cool? I think having a separate green goblin and venom movies would be great
DanteSparda - 2/6/2013, 2:50 PM
Interesting, but still I think is hard to pull off, I mean I can only think in 3 characters that could get their own movies:

-Scarlet Spider
-Black Cat

And about the casting of several villians I can only think that they're heading for the Sinester Six storyline, but they have to introduce all the members in future sequels and spin-offs first, so that means no SS until the fourth or fifth movie.
TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 2/6/2013, 3:15 PM
ok ... i dont know how ... but these mother effs got me sucked in again
Lawliet - 2/6/2013, 4:20 PM
I'm a spidey fan since I was a kid, Webb pull off the web shooters. but it just need more work IMHO. and the new spidey doesn't really show the wise crack when he's battling with Lizard, you need to work more for the sequel Webb or spidey will be over
DurtyTalynt - 2/6/2013, 7:21 PM
Love the idea of this but im still a skeptic because I really wanna see the full version of Marc Webbs first Amazing Spiderman movie that the studio execs were said to have cut down by a half hour or so. They better not interfere with this one or else Im done with Sony just like fox.
Opt1mu5Pr1m4l - 2/7/2013, 8:43 AM
Marc Webb should go for it and then set the spidey franchise free from the rediculously tight grip of the life sucking abyss that is sony pictures. Sony should release their grip on spidey and let the franchise roam free within the MCU. Let him mingle with the likes of ironman and the captain america. Lets see where this road will take him.
DrDoom - 2/28/2013, 10:05 AM
Spidey deserves to play with his friends.

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