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Marc Webb isn't directing 'Spider-Man 4'

Director Marc Webb attends the June 2012 premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man" in Westwood, California.

Story highlights

  • Marc Webb isn't planning to direct the fourth "Amazing Spider-Man" film
  • He's at the helm of the first three films, and would like to try something else
  • He believes he might stick around as a consultant for the rest of the franchise

Sony's aggressive expansion of its rebooted "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise began last summer with the announcement of release dates for "Amazing 3" and "4" in 2016 and 2018, respectively — meaning that the 2010s will be the first decade in human history with one "Spider-Man" movie every two years, so take that, 2000s!

However, not everyone will stick around for the full quadrilogy: Director Marc Webb will take himself and his contextually perfect surname away from the director's chair after "Amazing 3."

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"I want to help and contribute, but I think three movies...honestly, that's it for me," Webb tells EW. "I want to try other things."

Webb did allow for the possibility that he could stick around as a consultant on Sony's whole Spidey franchise — an idea he also floated with The Daily Beast.

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There is some precedent for the consulting role: "Avengers" director Joss Whedon has worked on other Marvel Studios films, while original "X-Men" director Bryan Singer produced "First Class" before making a return trip to the director's chair on this summer's "Days of Future Past."

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