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When Sony rebooted Marvel's Spider-Man this last summer, they did so under the direction of '(500) Days of Summer's Marc Webb. Seeming generally pleased with the resulting 'Amazing Spider-Man,' or more to the point its tremendous box office earnings, the question lingered as to whether the studio would be be signing Webb to helm future installments in the newly revamped franchise. The prospect of Webb's return began to look doubtful when it was revealed that he had an obligation to Fox to direct "a post-'(500) Days of Summer' film." Now it seems that obstacle has been hurdled as it's been officially announced that Webb will return for 'Amazing Spider-Man 2,' set to hit theaters May 2, 2014. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will also be returning to reprise their roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy respectively.
The big rumor this news puts to bed, moreso than Webb's possible departure from the franchise, is that the studio was not happy with Webb's approach to 'The Amazing Spider-Man.' If there was any beef between Webb and the studio, it looks to have been put to rest. Instead of surrendering to the knee-jerk reaction of dread, I'm going to look on the bright side here. True though it was that I didn't care much for 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' the thing that admittedly bothered me most about it was the flubbed romance between Peter Park and Gwen Stacy. The action sequences were actually pretty outstanding and it was nice to see touches from Spidey canon return after being left out of Raimi's version. So perhaps the next chapter will not focus so much on that relationship and present a larger villainous challenge for Spider-Man.
What do you guys think? Happy Webb is returning? Or were you hoping someone else would take the reigns?