July 24, 2014 6:49 am

‘Sinister Six’ spinoff bumps ‘Spider-Man’ to 2018

A scene from 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'

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NEW YORK – The Spider-Man franchise will detour next with a Sinister Six spinoff in 2016, pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to 2018, Sony’s Columbia Pictures said Wednesday in 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 surpassing $200 million domestically. That was considered a disappointing result, since it failed to top its 2012 predecessor, which made $758 million. It was also less than all of the box-office hauls for Sam Raimi’s trilogy.

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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 pegged 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.

© The Associated Press, 2014

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