An article running down the business of movie sequels touches on a couple of comic book franchies:
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have said with certainty that "Spider-Man" will be back, but writer-director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have voiced reluctance to continue.
"I know there'll be a 'Spider-Man 4, 5 and 6,'" Raimi said earlier this year. "I just won't be the guy that'll probably write the story, because I've got to clear my head."
And Marvel comics are overflowing with material that's allows them to return to a franchise again and again:
Kevin Feige, president of production at Marvel Studios, believes the recent popularity of sequels is because many are based on "ongoing sagas." Marvel, which holds the rights to many of the most popular comic book characters, is well situated to draw from its extensive library for franchise sequels.
Feige says another "X-Men" film is possible and that spin-offs for Wolverine and Magneto are in the works. A third "Fantastic Four" following this summer's "Rise of the Silver Surfer" edition is also possible, and Feige says a Silver Surfer stand-alone script has been "moved to the forefront" of discussions.
"There's always stuff that ends up in our back pocket or that we put to the side in our if-we-should-be-so-lucky-next-time folder," says Feige of Marvel's comic book source material. "It's not difficult finding which story lines or characters we're going to use in one of our films. It's difficult deciding which ones not to use."
The robots in disguise cannot be denied either:
'Transformers,' which was based on the '80s toys and animated TV show, has grossed over $223 million in two weeks and seems destined for at least one sequel. Martin Levy, a marketing executive at Dreamworks (which co-produced the movie with Paramount), says: "It's a very logical thing to think that we can look forward to another one."