Spin-Offs Are Coming: Sony is Building to Something Much Bigger in Their AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Movie Universe

When Sony announced they were going to reboot their Spider-Man franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man, some groaned at the thought of seeing another origin story after 2002's release of Spider-Man was so recent. What Sony was really doing was building a very large Spider-Man movie universe for the future.

The Amazing Spider-Man was a box office hit bringing in over $262 million domestically and a grand total of over $752 million worldwide. So Sony green lit a sequel which will hit theaters next summer on May 2, 2014. Sony has also announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will release in 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2018.

Very ambitious, for sure, and many websites and fans began theorizing an eventual Spider-Man vs. Sinister Six ensemble film based on hints giving by director Marc Webb. It seems likely Spidey will eventually face-off against the super villain team. Sony executives has now confirmed a much larger world for Spidey, too.

"We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains," says Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, via The Wrap.

Sony Entertainment Chief Michael Lynton corroborates this.

"We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works... [and we are] working closely with Marvel [Entertainment] and Disney," Lynton says, via Deadline.

Before fans gets too excited it needs to be said that Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Studios are separate entities when it comes to the film biz. Marvel Entertainment works closely with Sony, for all-things Spider-Man, and 20th Century Fox, for X-Men and all-things X-related, to ensure the characters are properly portrayed on the big screen. And this relationship Sony has with Disney and Marvel is not with Marvel Studios.

Marvel Studios works by itself on live action movie rights properties it owns for its own films like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, etc. So don't start thinking Sony is working with Marvel Studios. They are working with Marvel Entertainment and have been since the release of the first Spider-Man movie.

In the end, it sounds like a couple of Spidey's villains could get their own standalone film. Venom has previously been rumored to be in development and perhaps one of Spidey's most popular villains will get a solo film as more of an anti-hero since in the comics, Flash Thompson is Venom and plays the good now in current comics like the Thunderbolts.

Definitely stay tuned as more information is bound to occur in the coming months and before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out in theaters.