Sony Pictures just officially green-lit Spider-Man 3. It looks like the franchise’s third movie will be a major blockbuster for Sony Pictures.
Spider-Man 3 is arguably one of the most highly-anticipated Marvel Studio releases in the next two years. The upcoming flick, which will star Tom Holland, will face the pressure of surpassing the success of previous installments.
So far, Holland and Zendaya have confirmed their return to the franchise. Director Jon Watts also signed on to helm the third movie.
Reports also say that producers have already set the shooting locations for the film. The movie will reportedly film in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Iceland, and New York.
Spider-Man 3 almost left the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pre-production on the movie took a while to start because of a dispute between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. The impasse almost resulted in Spider-Man leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Based on a report, disagreement between the studios erupted because of Marvel’s demand for a 50/50 co-financing deal. Sony, however, wanted to retain the original agreement.
Eventually, the two companies settled on a new agreement, which stipulated that Marvel Studios will get 25 percent of the next movie’s profits. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will also retain his position as an executive producer.
In Turkey, a man named Burak Soylu has been going around dressed like Spiderman.
He drives around in a Beetle, buys milk and groceries for the elderly, and delivers it to their doorsteps.
When he was asked why, he said “My superpower is doing good for the neighborhood.” pic.twitter.com/KAYm3hyPyb
— Goodable (@Goodable) April 17, 2020
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel in the works
The third Tom Holland movie is not the only Spider-Man project to suffer because of COVID-19. Sony Pictures also had to move the release date of the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel.
According to a report, Sony Pictures has tapped Joaquim Dos Santos and David Callaham to direct and write respectively. The studio also recruited filmmaker Lauren Montgomery to helm a spinoff project that will focus on the female superheroes in the first movie.
The first Into the Spider-Verse movie received positive critical notices during its release. It earned a total of US$375.50 million in the box office on a $90 million production budget. The Sony Pictures film also took the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
New release date
Most of the upcoming movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had to suspend their production because of the COVID-19 crisis. Both of the aforementioned Spider-Man movies are among the films affected.
It is highly likely that Sony Pictures will push back the release date of the superhero movie a few more times. This is due to the importance of continuity for the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Spider-Man 3 will be in theaters on Friday, November 5, 2021. The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel, on the other hand, will be released on Friday, October 7, 2022.
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