If you have come across this post, either through a Google search or by browsing across this blog, then chances are you have one question in mind: Is The Amazing Spider-Man a sequel to Spider-Man 3?
You might be wondering this because in terms of production order the Spider-Man movies move from Spider-Man 3 (2007) to The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). No film sits between these two pictures, so it is easy to presume that the two movies are connected, with one following on from the other.
But are they? Are Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man linked?
Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man
If you are working your way through the Spider-Man movie series and you are wondering if there is a connection between Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man, then I can confirm there is not a connection. The two films are not part of the same series, and are instead separate entities.
Spider-Man 3 is the third and final entry in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007). The movie follows on from Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004) to complete a three-picture series, with Tobey Maguire in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Meanwhile, The Amazing Spider-Man is the first of two entries in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man film series, with Andrew Garfield in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The movie details Spider-Man’s origin and introduces new characters and situations that continue (and conclude) in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
In short: Spider-Man 3 concludes one series of films about Maguire’s Spidey. The Amazing Spider-Man begins a new series of films about Garfield’s Spidey.
Could The Amazing Spider-Man work as a sequel to Spider-Man 3?
OK, so the two films are not connected, but I guess you are wondering if it is possible that the two films could be part of the same storyline. Could The Amazing Spider-Man work as a loose sequel?
Well, no – no it couldn’t.
The Amazing Spider-Man sets out clearly that it is a different take on Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The origin that is used in this movie differs somewhat to the one depicted in 2002’s Spider-Man and it becomes apparent very quickly that this movie is something new.
The only real link between the movies is the character of Dr. Curt Connors, who appeared in Spider-Man 2 & Spider-Man 3 and then in The Amazing Spider-Man. But this link does not bond the movies together.
Connors was introduced in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy with a view to transforming him into his villainous alter-ego, The Lizard in a future Spider-Man movie – potentially Spider-Man 4. But Spider-Man 4 never happened as Raimi left the project over creative differences, leading Sony to reboot the series with The Amazing Spider-Man.
In The Amazing Spider-Man, Connors does become The Lizard, but this is a new take on the character. The Lizard’s appearance is not a big pay off on Sony’s part, after teasing his character in two previous films; it is instead simply a new villain for the film.
I hope this post helps to clear up any confusion between Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man. Should you wish to know more about the Spider-Man movie series then please take a look around this blog, or check out one of the recommended reading pages below.