Last week we got official news that Wonder Woman was joining Batman vs. Superman and that X:-Men: Apocalypse was coming in 2016, which caused Movies.com Managing Editor Erik Davis to muse about how all these other superhero franchises bringing in or spinning off tons of heroes and villains meant we were finally feeling the true effect of The Avengers. And oh how right he was, as Sony just announced two Amazing Spider-Man spin-off movies: Venom and The Sinister Six.
To pull this all off, Sony has put together what it is calling, "a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films." This consists of screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (both of Star Trek Into Darkness), Jeff Pinkner (Fringe), Ed Solomon (Men in Black) and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). On top of that, Kurtzman is currently set to direct the Venom movie, while Goddard will write and possibly direct The Sinister Six.
What's particularly interesting here is that Goddard is part of the brain trust, considering he's already writing and directing the Daredevil TV series for Disney. You'd think he'd be busy enough helping shape that side of things, or that Sony wouldn't bring him into its "brain trust" out of a potential conflict of interest (yes, Marvel owns all of the characters, but as far as the films go, the studios are highly protective of their licenses so it's a bit surprising to see any freelance individual doing the same thing for studios on either side of the creative/legal fence), but apparently that's not the case.
As for the time table for all of this, so far the only date we've been given is a June 10, 2016 release for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (which the studio "hopes" will be directed by Marc Webb). We did previously know that Sony was holding a May 4, 2018 date for another Amazing Spider-Man sequel, and while everyone assumed that would be ASM4, it could very well go to Venom or The Sinister Six. And if it does, that would actually fall in line with recent comments made by current Spider-Man Andrew Garfield where he said, "I mean I'm under contract for another one after this... as far as a fourth one? That's not anything to do with me."
It's hard to imagine Spider-Man not showing up in The Sinister Six given they're a group of villains led by Doctor Octopus who want nothing more than to destroy Spider-Man (Vulture and Doc Oc are already teased in the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2), but it's conceivable that he'd be left out of Venom-- especially if they're trying to make Venom a hero instead of a villain. If that's the case, you could safely bet that the fifth film in the franchise will be Venom and Spider-Man teaming up against the Sinister Six. Now that is something we'd certainly love to see. What about you?
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