Spider-Man is the last profitable superhero franchise left at Sony, so it only makes sense that the studio would want to grow the world that Marc Webb created with 2012’s Amazing Spider-Man in order to make more movies and more money. And in a press release from Sony, courtesy of The Huffington Post, it is revealed that the studio is looking to accomplish this by putting Spider-Man spin-off movies for the Sinister Six and Venom into production. These movies will head into production after The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is released on June 10, 2016.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and its sequel, will co-write Venom together with Ed Solomon (Now You See Me). Kurtzman is also set to direct the film. For the Sinister Six film, Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) will write the script and potentially direct. Goddard is also working with Marvel on its Daredevil TV show.
For those new to the comics, the Sinister Six is a group of super villains from Spider-Man’s world comprised of Dr. Octopus, the Vulture, Sandman, Kraven, Mysterio, and Electro. The roster has changed over the years, and it might depend on the direction of the next two Amazing Spider-Man movies to see how the team will form. But no matter who is on the team, seeing a movie focus solely on the villains will be far different from the average comic book formula.
As for Venom, this is a movie Sony has been trying to push into production for years. While he’s often portrayed as a villain in the comics, he has also had long runs as a violent anti-hero, which might be the direction the movie goes. We’ll have more on both the Sinister Six and Venom as information becomes available.
[via The Huffington Post]