We're not sure what the world will look like five years from now, but one thing it looks like we might be able to count on one thing: A new Spider-Man movie.
With Amazing Spider-Man 2 set for 2014, on Monday Sony annonuced the release dates for their next two Spidey films: June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018.
That means that the first weekend of May is booked, for the next five years, by Marvel Comics-based comic book movies from either Marvel Studios or Sony: Amazing Spider-Man 2 on May 2, 2014; the Avengers sequel on May 1, 2015; untitled Marvel Studios films on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017; and a new Spider-Man movie (presumably Amazing Spider-Man 4) on May 4, 2018.
Of course, things could change at this point, but right now Sony is planting their flag in the not-so distant future. In the press release, Sony marketing and distribution chairman Jeff Blake is quoted as saying, "Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years."
Amazing Spider-Man 2 features the return of director Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) from 2012's well-received Spidey reboot, and adds Jamie Foxx (Electro), Paul Giamatti (Rhino), Chris Cooper (Norman Osborn) and more to the cast.