Sinister Six & Venom Movies Will Debut Before Amazing Spider-Man 4

Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man, you're going to have to carry that weight a long time. Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Matt Tolmach has just revealed plans for the future of Sony's superhero franchise, and it's a combination of the ambitious and the disconcerting.

"Before we know what we do with Spider-Man 4, we're going to do Sinister SixVenom and Spider-Man 3," Tolmach told Den of Geek in an exclusive interview. "There is going to be a lot of crossover in those movies. So we're just not at Spider-Man 4, because we still have a whole other Spider-Man movie and two other movies. So we don't know yet what [Spider-Man 4] is going to be."

Not having definite plans for the fourth movie in a franchise (or the sixth if you count the spin-offs) while you're still in post-production on the second may not seem like news, but get this: Sony has already announced a release date for Amazing Spider-Man 4, and it's May 4, 2018. That's not all that far away, particularly if Sony is supposed to be hard at work on an interconnected multi-year franchise.

Den of Geek asked Matt Tolmach to clarify those plans, to which Tolmach responded that the May 2018 release date will definitely be for a Spider-Man movie, but not necessarily Amazing Spider-Man 4. Could Venom or Sinister Six,  movies about Spider-Man's villains instead of Spidey himself, be planning to steal his release date? Oh, those pesky bad guys. They'll pilfer anything that isn't nailed down.

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.