will pick up a Sinister Six spinoff in 2016, pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to 2018, Sony's Columbia Pictures said on Wednesday while announcing an updated schedule.
By ordering Sinister Six ahead of the next Spider-Man movie, the studio hopes to expand the franchise with the group of Marvel super-villains.
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Released in May, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 accumulated $706 million worldwide and only just surpassed $200 million domestically. That was considered a disappointing result, since it failed to top its 2012 predecessor, which made $758 million.
Sinister Six, to be directed by Drew Goddard, is one of two spinoffs planned for the Spider-Man universe. No date has been set for the other offshoot in development, Venom.
Sony had previously scheduled Spider-Man sequels for 2016 and 2018, but The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will now be pushed to 2018. In its place, Sony has slotted in Uncharted, an action film based on the PlayStation video game.