Should Spider-Man 3 be the last in the series?

"Iron Man"

Dec 27, 2005
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I really think it should, because even though we have millions of stories to tell, and millions of villains to use, after awhile, Spider-Man will get old. But don't get me wrong, I LOVE the Spider-Man films, comics, games, and etc.
Sony will keep pumping out Spiderman films as fast as they can. Sure that will slow down when there are casting and director changes but eventually another Spiderman film will come out. As technology advances they'll just get better and better since they have so much source material to derive from. Ending a franchise that has been around since the 60's after 3 films that have all generated billions and billions in revenue each is purely idiotic. So whether you want Spiderman 4,5,6,7 or not...they'll happen as long as the fans are buying tickets like they are. If they put out a crappy sequel the fans will react with bad word of mouth, less tickets sold, and then Sony will slow down. Remember (God I go over this so many times) Sony got the Spider-Man rights "on the cheap" when Marvel was struggling and coming out of bankruptcy and Spiderman was one of the deals that saved the day for Marvel. Those old deals stink but were neccessary for Marvel to get going. If Sony stopped making Spider-Man films Marvel would get the rights back and the stock would quadruple in an hour. Sony's not stupid. If you look at their earnings reports since the first Spiderman you'll see Spiderman has completely saved their finances and earnings surrounding both films. Without Spiderman Sony would have been in a deep hole. They can't afford to lose Spidey. Here's something that sums it up for you guys to see why franchises like X-Men and Spider-man just won't end because some actor or director says so. LOL

Sans Spider-Man, Sony sure sputters in 3Q
Slowing sales of PlayStation 2 also hurt conglomerate.
By Meredith Amdur 1/28/2004
JAN. 28 | NEW YORK--Sony Pictures' fiscal earnings announcement Wednesday proved just how valuable a multibillion-dollar franchise film like Spider-Man can be. Without the webslinger's video superpowers, sales and operating profits for 2003 at the film and TV group fell off a cliff.

In fact, SPE had the ignominious distinction of reporting the Japanese conglomerate's single biggest divisional profit drop, as the group reported operating income down a whopping 82% for the three months to Dec. 31, vs. the same period of the previous year, which had the Spider-Man video retail/rental safety web.

SPE finished 2003 with roughly 13% of domestic box office receipts at slightly less than $1.1 billion. But it was the lack of a gangbuster video release, like last year's Spidey, that really blew a hole in the division's quarterly earnings statement. It also was characteristic of the fiscal whiplash a film company can face on a quarter-to-quarter comparative basis.

The precipitous falloff proves just how critical home entertainment sales are to film companies these days.

Sans Spider-Man, which generated $347.7 million in consumer spending on rentals and purchases in its first two months of release in November and December 2002, Sony Pictures sales dropped 29.3% to $1.69 billion. That was despite the fact that theatrical revenue actually increased during the December quarter compared to the year-ago period, driven by strong outings for Something's Gotta Give and overseas box office for Bad Boys II and S.W.A.T. The company admitted it also was negatively affected by the disappointing U.S. theatrical perf of The Missing.

Fortunately for new SPE chair Michael Lynton, there's nowhere to go but up in subsequent quarters, as he presides over a calendar year that should salvage the picture division's fortunes--Spider-Man 2 hits theaters July 2--as well as a strong TV lineup that includes hits like CBS' Joan of Arcadia.

For 2004, Sony clearly is hopeful that the second iteration of the Spider-Man franchise in July, along with Johnny Depp starrer Secret Window (March 12) and Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore vehicle 50 First Dates (Feb. 13), will return the film unit to a more stable earnings course.

Sony chief financial officer Rob Weistenthal described Spider-Man--"the fifth largest film of all time"--as one of the most important franchises in the business. Calling early viewings of the sequel "spectacular," Weistenthal also noted the first Spider-Man 2 trailer was the single most viewed file on the Internet.

With an income statement still littered with daunting restructuring charges, Sony Corp. has been struggling to find its footing.

A rebound in consumer electronic sales--particularly flat-screen TV sets and DVD players--couldn't offset the steep profit falloffs in the movie and videogame hardware divisions as Sony Corp. reported overall net profits down 26% in the most recent quarter to $866 million. Total revenue companywide rose a scant 0.7% to $21.7 billion.

Operating income for the group was down slightly more than 20% to $1.48 billion (down only 15% on a local-currency basis) compared to the same period a year ago, due mostly to some 53.6 billion yen ($501 million) in restructuring expenses, like severance pay for its thousands of recently laid-off staffers. Some $433 million of that was recorded in the electronics division, which is struggling to compete with numerous new low-cost manufacturers. As part of a painful worldwide restructuring effort, Sony is in the process of shedding some 12% of its work force, or 20,000 employees.

Sony CEO Nobuyuki Idei said restructuring efforts were "progressing smoothly" and reiterated his commitment to "spare no effort to expand sales and improve profitability."

That said, Sony officials see some light at the end of the tunnel and are forecasting 10% profit growth for 2004.

Sony's electronics division boosted revenues by a scant 0.4% in the last quarter to $14 billion, thanks to strong demand for its cell phones and DVD recorders. But operating income dived 40% to $468 million thanks to the charges. The increasingly tight videogame business also was under pressure, with operating profits in the division down 1.6% to $666 million as PlayStation 2 sales slowed. Total sales of $3.5 billion were down 4.5% from the year-ago period.

On a brighter note, Sony Music Entertainment recorded a tidy 50% jump in operating income to $286 million thanks to major cost-cutting in promotions and overhead. Currency issues continued to crimp a recovering top line, however, as sales dropped 3% in the last quarter to $1.7 billion. (On a U.S. dollar basis, sales at SME actually were up 6%.) Among the bright lights were Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" and Beyonce's "Dangerously in Love."

Sony Music is in the process of trying to merge with Bertelsmann Music Group but still awaits extensive regulatory review in the U.S. and European Union.

Reported by Daily Variety for Reed Business Information

To follow that up what happened with Spidey 2? WE all know don't we:

Sony springs from Spider-Man web
By Staff Writers, 29 October 2004 00:00 AEST Finance

Sony yesterday reported a big boost in profits in the second quarter, due to the success of box office hit Spider-Man 2.

The Tokyo-based consumer electronics giant said net income for the fiscal quarter ended 30 September was US$499.7 million, a 61.6 percent jump from the same period a year ago and the first increase in seven quarters.

Operating income, which is sales minus the cost of sales, advertising and administrative expenses, increased 31 percent to US$408.4 million. The strong results were primarily due to Sony's movie business, which got a big boost from the blockbuster Spider-Man 2.

Sony, however, reported weak results in its other businesses, and warned that the outlook wasn't as good for the next half of the fiscal year. Potential problems included a slowing US economy and higher prices for raw materials and oil.

"We are working towards improved profitability by focusing strategic resources in key business areas, as well as making use of alliances with other companies," Nobuyuki Idei, chairman and group chief executive for Sony, said in a statement.
What does this have to do with the topic at hand?
I don't know. I'm just complaining about how many people spell Spider-Man wrong.
Spider-Grrl1516 said:
I don't know. I'm just complaining about how many people spell Spider-Man wrong.

Who cares?


In my opinion I hope SM-3 isn't' the last movie.
I think that there should be more than 3 but definitly not more than 10. Because I think that SM3 is just going to introduce Eddie Brock as a character and his issues, later showing how the symbiote came upon him and only fight towards the end and have 4 a rivalry between Venom and Spiderman.
No way sony is gonna stop making SPIDERMAN movies.he he sorry.spider-man,any way, its their cash cow,i'm sure we'll see several more of em.
Hell no. Bring back Venom for SM4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
I voted know, but I don't want to see up to Spider-Man 30. There should be 6.
WorthyStevens4 said:
This franchise won't end with 3. :p

agreed. it's pretty much given that sm3 is going to make a boat load of money, just based on the reputation of the first 2. and I'm confident it's going to be a great film. just as long it makes it's money, the more films there will be.
Tobey Maguire, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard. That's a hell of a cast if you ask me.
WorthyStevens4 said:
Tobey Maguire, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard. That's a hell of a cast if you ask me.

It is a good cast. I have faith in Topher and I thought Church was great in Sideways. I don't know too much about Howard but I'm sure she's good too.
You should be The Village. Suck ass movie, but outside of that, she's AMAZING in it.
Spider-Grrl1516 said:
I don't know. I'm just complaining about how many people spell Spider-Man wrong.

It's not a matter of knowing how to spell it mkay. I don't feel like slowing on my typing to insert a "-" and then Cap. Get over it.
Me neither. If you know what I mean when I type "spiderman" then I don't see anything wrong with avoiding all the shift + this and that for speed reasons. What's so great about the hyphen anyway? I think it's only for copyright purposes. Superman doesn't have that crap.

And about the thread. I think this should be the last for this version of spidey and then they should redo the whole thing properly.

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