Is The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in trouble? While children and general audiences seemed to enjoy it, fans didn't respond well to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, calling it a mess. Now comes reports that Sony Pictures may be delaying The Amazing Spider-Man 3 until 2017.

Set to open on June 10, 2016, it seems that director Marc Webb may need more time fixing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and the problems that currently plague the franchise. But Sony won't be so quick to relinquish its prime summer real estate. Many believe that The Sinister Six, originally set to open 2017, will slide into its place.

Marc Webb was confirmed to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3 early in the year, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman having already completed the screenplay. It was their work on the sequel that disappointed so many fans, with its overstuffed plotlines, none of which seemed to connect with each other. It was believed that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 would begin shooting before the end of the year, but all news on the franchise went radio silent after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to perform to expectations at the box office.

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Sony originally wanted to release a new Spider-Man move every year starting in 2016, starting with The Amazing Spider-Man 3, followed by The Sinister Six in 2017, The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2018 and Venom in 2019.

Drew Goddard, originally set to be showrunner on Marvel's Daredevil, as well as a writer and director of the pilot, left the Netflix series to focus on The Sinister Six, which he is writing and directing. Its possible that this super villain ensemble is further along than people think. It doesn't help that the villains were the most criticized aspect of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It seems that Sony and the filmmakers are going back to the drawing board to improve this aspect of the series, especially when their next feature is all about the villains.

None of this has been confirmed by Sony or any of the filmmakers. But its hard to believe that the The Amazing Spider-Man team isn't thinking about how they can fix certain aspects of this franchise and bring it back to its glory days. With $699.1 million at the global box office, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is $60 million short of the first movie, and it is the lowest earner in the history of the film franchise.

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