The superhero genre is no longer about which movies are coming out now; it’s about how the current films will set up even more sequels down the road. And according to Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will give fans a hint at what to look forward to in the inevitable Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2016. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pascal revealed that Amazing Spider-Man 2 will set up the Sinister Six for the next installment.
"At the tail end of this movie we set up some of the other characters that will probably end up being in the Sinister Six,” says Pascal told the magazine. “We’re going forward on all fronts.”
In the comics, the Sinister Six is a group of villains dedicated to eliminating Spider-Man. The group has taken on various incarnations over the years, with a rotating roster that has included Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, Sandman, Kraven, Hobgoblin, and Venom. We don’t know who Sony is planning on including in this cinematic version of the group, but with Lizard, Electro, and Rhino already being introduced in these movies, that’s not a bad place to start.
Plus, the trailers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have also shown brief glimpses of the Vulture’s wings and Doctor Octopus’ tentacles. And then there have also been reports that Venom is getting his own solo film, so it’s possible he could even make his debut as a member of the Six.
We’ll have a clearer picture of who might show up when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes out on May 2.