Slow down, Spider-Man. Take a load off. You’ve been going nonstop since 2002.
After bringing home more than $700 million around the globe in his last superhero adventure, Andrew Garfield and the Amazing Spider-Man franchise aren’t being rushed back into the fray. A third film was originally slated for June 10, 2016, but Sony announced today that Spidey wouldn’t swing back our way—at least in his own film—until 2018.
The twist is that we still might get a taste of Spidey in two years, because Sinister Six is now officially on the calendar for Nov. 11, 2016. That franchise expansion, to be directed by Cabin in the Woods‘ Drew Goddard, will feature a rogue’s gallery of ne’er-do-wells from Spider-Man’s neighborhood, some of whom were likely introduced in the most recent film. “With Sinister Six in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard, we feel extremely confident placing the film on a prime date in 2016,” said Sony president Doug Belgrad in a statement.
Think there is a chance that our friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man makes a cameo to jump-start Sony’s next-generation franchise? Me, too.
Sliding into Spider-Man 3‘s June 2016 slot will be Uncharted, an aspiring franchise based on the popular video game that will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses).