You'll Be Seeing a Whole Lot More of Spidey

While Marvel may have a whole chest of superheroes to draw from, right now, Sony pictures sole live-action money maker is that teenage kids in red tights. So it's no surprise that the studio has secured four more Spidey films, promising a Spider-Man film every year until 2018. “We are expanding the Spider-Man universe into The Sinister Six and Venom, so that we have Spider-Man movies every year,” Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal said.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Men In Black's Ed Solomon and Cabin In The Woods's Drew Goddard will pen Sinister Six and Venom films, transforming the Spider-Man series into a franchise challenging the size of The Avengers. Director Marc Webb has already confirmed he will be back to direct the third installment, out June 6, 2016. Sony's other soon-to-be relased films are The Smurfs 3 and a Goosebumps film.

Remember when superhero films were civilized? Well thought-out masterpieces that offered an alternative look at the stories we grew up paging through as kids? OK, maybe I'm solely speaking to Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise, but still — when I think of Spider-Man now, it's hard to picture the awkward teenage boy who can't avoid bullies or get the girl. Now, Spider-Man is a blur of brightly colored red and blue plasticity that covers ever McDonald's cup, Target T-Shirt and internet banner ad. The underdog essence of the hero has been lost forever, because who needs Peter Parker when you can have Spider-Man?