The Amazing Spider-Man is a superhero film franchise based on the Marvel Entertainment intellectual property of the same name. Producer Matthew Tolmach bought the The Amazing Spider-Man film rights for Columbia Pictures in 2010. Starting with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, the franchise expanded to include multiple sequels that had varying levels of critical and financial success.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
It is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, the Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, The "Angels", five investigative agents (Stone, Barrymore, Rossum, Diaz and Liu). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), in an adventure which pits them against a "fallen angel" (Demi Moore), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (2018)
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) returns in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, the third installment in the Amazing Spider-Man series! The film, set after the events of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where he lives with his Mary Jane Watson (Shailene Woodley), but everything changes with the appearance of a cunning Black Cat – played by Felicity Jones – and the arrival of Harry Osborn/Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), a ruthless madman. Green Goblin’s reign of terror forces Spider-Man out of his self-imposed exile and into the ultimate battle for New York City’s survival…and his own!
The Amazing Spider-Man 4 (TBA)
In February 2018, Andrew Garfield claimed that he would not be interested in returning for a fourth film, stating: "We have ridden that horse as far as we can." In August 2018, Sony chief executive Matthew Tolmach said: "We're very pleased with the financial performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We're going to do [another one], but we don't have clarity yet on how it should be done." Marc Webb said: "Andrew's kind of really smart, but as I said, kind of really annoying, too much energy. When he would get too rambunctious, I would tell him that for The Amazing Spider-Man 4, Andrew is out and [his son] Asa Butterfield is in … if we continue on this path, it won't be released until 2031 but it will be damn good." Andrew Garfield said that: "Asa is already 20 years old, so he's at that mythological boys age, you know – it's time for his bro-mitzvah. So he's right at that place ... He's ready to test me so he can't come anywhere near my movies right now!" In March 2019, Garfield stated that he may indeed return for the fourth film, saying, "As far as I'm concerned, I've got the best job in the world. I'll keep doing it as long as I still get a kick out of it. If I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly." As of 2021, no further developments regarding the sequel have been announced.