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Sony Pushes Back ‘Spider-Man 3’ to 2018, Dates ‘Sinister Six’ for 2016

Looking to broaden its Spider-Man franchise, Sony has dated spin-off “Sinister Six” for Nov. 11, 2016 as the next tentpole in its key property — while moving back “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” two years to 2018.

Sony did not set a specific 2018 date for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.” It had originally dated “The Amazing Spider-Man 4” for May 4, 2018, but that’s no longer the plan.

After modest box office results for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the studio thinks “Sinister Six” will expand the Spider-Man universe by bringing in villains, making Sony a stronger competitor against the likes of Disney/Marvel’s “Avengers” and WB’s Justice League superheroes in the coming years.

The studio has also slated “Uncharted” for June 10, 2016 — the date previously held by “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.”

Sony made the announcements Wednesday on the opening day of Comic-Con. The studio first revealed the “Sinister Six” and “Venom” spinoff projects in December, including Drew Goddard’s attachment as a writer with an eye to direct. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing “Sinister Six.”

“Uncharted,” based on the PlayStation videogame series, follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Seth Gordon will direct from a David Guggenheim script. The film will be an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, produced by Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad.

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“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 Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

The “Sinister Six” super-villains first appeared in 1964 and were drawn from Spider-Man’s list of enemies. Led by Doctor Octopus, they included Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman and the Vulture.

Electro was introduced in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” with Jamie Foxx portraying the villain.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” performed respectably with over $700 million in worldwide box office. The five “Spider-Man” films have grossed nearly $4 billion, led by 2002’s “Spider-Man” with $821 million.

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