Monday, April 15, 2024

“Spider Man” Surprise as Sinister Six Moves Before “Amazing 3”: Andrew Garfield Gone?


That may be it for Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. Sony made a curious announcement today. “The Sinister Six” is the next “Spider Man” movie, not “The Amazing Adventures of Spider man 3.” The latter film has now been pushed to 2016, with a fourth installment for 2018. This throws the Garfield franchise off by two years.

And it may well spell the end for Garfield. He’s going to do Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” next. An accomplished actor on stage and screen, Garfield may not want to stay in Spidey’s red and blue suit for most of his 30s. The studio may not want him to either since Peter is supposed to be young. (It’s amazing that I’m thinking Garfield wouldn’t be considered young. (I feel like he just started acting!)

On top of that, Garfield’s real life love, Emma Stone, has been killed off from the “Amazing” series. With Stone gone, Garfield may have lost interest.

All of this comes as a surprise. When “Sinister Six” was first announced, even Deadline’s Mike Fleming suggested it would come in between the next two “Amazing” movies.  But with this flip flop, Sony extends their Marvel connection through 2018 as they plot maybe even a second “Sinister Six” movie (2020?) and so on.

Garfield could conceivably play Peter in “Sinister Six” and then bow out. (That movie doesn’t sound like it will have much room for Peter to have a romance.) He’d be approximately the same age as Tobey Maguire was when he did his third and last “Spider Man” movie. Who would play Peter Parker next? Why whoever the next hot young guy in his late 20s is two years from now.

Stay tuned Spidey fans…

PS This most certainly has something to do with another Sony announcement this week. Jeff Blake, a 22 year beloved mainstay in charge of marketing and distribution, is leaving. This is a big change. Sony is a little bit in flux now…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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