What might have happened if Sony Pictures had stayed the course and made The Amazing Spider-Man 3? One cast member has dropped a hint about the alarming turn the series could have taken.
Speaking with IGN at Comic-Con this past weekend (via Collider), Denis Leary -- who played Captain George Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man and his ghost in the sequel -- suggested that had a third movie been made, he might have been involved because of this potential storyline:
"Part of the discussion was that possibly in ‘3’ there was this idea that at one point Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that had died. So there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would have come back even bigger in episode three."
Let me put this mildly: Are you s**tting me? Peter Parker finding a way to raise the dead? Surely that could not have been on the table, because that would be as ridiculous as Spider-Man's blood being the cure for -- oh wait.
Although a vague rumor about this made the rounds some time ago, an incredulous Badass Digest speculates that this could have been the cinematic version of the notorious Clone Saga, in which Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy were cloned (sort of) and Peter battled and killed his own replica, although it might have been Peter himself who was slain. The Clone Saga was largely derided by fans, which means it must have sounded like a perfect idea for the tone-deaf team behind the Amazing Spider-Man movies.
Let's just say: bullet dodged. That team has been shown the door and Sony has let Marvel itself take the wheel of the Spider-Man train, which thankfully means that we'll never see The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in any form.
What do you think of Leary's comments? Is it possible that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 could have been even more ludicrous than its predecessor, had it been produced?