The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn’t very well received by critics including Christy Lemire who wrote: “The whole endeavor just drags on and on, and any momentary thrills you may have experienced have long since passed. There’s a lot going on here but very little that’s truly compelling.” Spidey actor Andrew Garfield is now blaming the interference of the studio for the negative reviews. Whoever is to blame doesn’t really matter. The result is that Sony has pushed backed the development of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and is exploring favorite Spidey foes instead. Sony is currently working on The Sinister Six and a stand-alone film devoted to the villainous Venom, Venom Carnage.
Venom director Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) told MTV: “The idea is that you can do things with Venom that you can’t do with Spider-Man. Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed. He’s a much darker character.” Kurtzman will direct and write the script with Ed Solomon (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Men in Black). Venom Carnage is scheduled to come out in 2017.