So, Sony and Marvel have joined forces to take the Spider-Man movie franchise in “a new creative direction,” with the next installment planned to hit theaters in July 2017.
That’s right — another “Spider-Man” reboot, announced just nine months after Spidey’s last swing through theaters in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and three years after the franchise’s first relaunch.
Sigh. Again? Already? Seriously?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, star Andrew Garfield is not returning as Spider-Man, freeing the producers of the next movie to cast a new face.
OK, so maybe Sony and Marvel are eager to purge the sour aftertaste of the last “Spider-Man” movie, which was savaged by fans and critics alike. But even by Hollywood’s increasingly impatient time frame for relaunching superheroes, this move feels awfully hasty.