Web-heads everywhere rejoice! And be…. wait what? According to a recent casting call from Bill Beckman Casting, they are looking for male and female extras of all ages and ethnicities, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’ is happening, Sony is still the company producing it, it is starring Andrew Garfield and Dale DeHaan, and has the following description so far:
“Peter Parker/Spider-man faces a new challenge to protect New York City.”
Again…. what? Until that bit of information came out, it seemed HIGHLY unlikely that we were going to see ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3,’ as the second installment in the rebooted franchise did not fair well with audiences and critics, Andrew Garfield seemed to be on the outs with Sony, and Sony itself seemed far more interested in Spidey spin-offs including potential films based on Venom, The Sinister Six, Aunt May, and even the ladies of the Spider-Man world. And now this. And what is even more interesting is that if they are indeed pushing this forward, and are already casting extras, Sony might be trying to hit the original release date of 2016, which had been the idea years ago when they wanted to put out ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’ in 2016 to be followed quickly by ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 4‘ in 2018. Could this still be the plan?
And the biggest question of all, does this mean any deal with Marvel is dead? Rumor had it that one of Marvel’s demands was that Sony re-cast the web-slinger and let the character be rebooted into the MCU, and with Garfield coming back for a third round, that now seems highly unlikely, which is unfortunate as I still don’t have faith in Sony’s ability to do justice to the character (no offense to Garfield who does a phenomenal job with the questionable stories/ scripts he’s given). Is there any chance this is a ploy by the studio to make Marvel nervous and potentially get a better offer to get Spider-Man into the MCU? Only time will tell, but the good news is that one way or another, we will be seeing the embattled superhero returning sometime soon, and even when not done well, Spider-Man is always a welcome presence on the big-screen.