Sony continues to make it painfully obvious that they have no clue what to do next in terms of their Amazing Spider-Man franchise. While they claim to be moving forward with The Sinister Six next, which is planned for a 2016 release date, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2018, we've also heard that an all-female spinoff featuring various characters from the Spider-Man universe is in the works. Though nothing is set in stone just yet. Now comes word from Latino Review that Sony is also planning to move forward with an Aunt May Spy movie that does not include the Spider-Man character at all.
It sounds as though Sony is desperately grasping at straws in order to keep their Amazing Spider-Man franchise locked at the studio, with Marvel hungry to get their character back before Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in 2018 (the same year as Peter Parker's new adventure). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 turned out to be a major disappointment all across the board, from the fans, to the critics, and the studio itself. And so far, Sony has even shelved plans to make a Venom spinoff. This was later followed by rumors that Venom and Carnage would team up for a standalone adventure, though that was never confirmed.
Latino Review is usually on the money when it comes to their scoops, so it seems plausible that an Aunt May movie might be the next obvious step, however weird and dumb it sounds. At this time, Sony has no comment. The story will follow Aunt May before she took on the responsibility of caring for her nephew Peter Parker. The film will be an espionage thriller with hints of AMC's Mad Men. Latino Review go onto compare it to Marvel's upcoming ABC TV series Agent Carter. It seems Sony will not give up its rights to Spider-Man until they tell the complete story behind May Parker.
In 2003, Marvel released a Mark Millar written miniseries titled Trouble that was meant to serve as a new origin tale for Spider-Man and features teenage versions of Aunt May, Uncle Ben, and Peter's parents Richard and Mary Parker. In the comic, May becomes pregnant with Richard's baby, but gives the baby to Mary, who takes the secret to her grave. Spider-Man fans didn't care for the story, and it did not sell many books for Marvel. This ended Marvel's attempts to focus on Aunt May, with the original Spider-Man origin story slipping back into place.
Its unlikely that this same story would be used in an Aunt May spin-off. But it sounds like the movie is happening. Do you think this is a better idea than Venom or The Amazing Spider-Man 3? Or is the idea of an Aunt May movie just too weird to comprehend? Also, who should take over for Sally Field? Brie Larson?