Last spring, as Sony Pictures was ramping up to the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, there was a lot of talk about the shared Spidey universe the studio was hoping to build around Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker. Sure, Sony didn't have the stable of characters that Marvel Studios or even Fox had, but it did have enough supervillains and Spidey associates to try and branch out, so we heard about everything from a Venom movie to a rumored Aunt May film. The most exciting of the potential projects, though, was Sinister Six.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 laid the groundwork for the titular supervillain team, and from there writer Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) was supposed to take them off into their own adventure where they'd all take on Spider-Man at once. Then Amazing Spider-Man 2 proved to be a disappointment for Sony, and a plan was set in motion to reunited Spider-Man with Marvel. Now we're headed for a world in which Spidey appears alongside the Avengers and Marvel's Kevin Feige co-produces a new series of Spider-Man films at Sony. That's all great fun, but it also seems to mean that any expanded universe plans Sony had are done.
Or are they? Goddard himself doesn't know what Sony and Marvel have planned (or if he does, he's not telling), but he does know that the Sinister Six film he had in mind could still be made regardless of what the next iteration of Spider-Man looks like.
“My vision of that movie was a summer annual,” Goddard told io9. “So you didn’t have to worry about continuity. It was just, ‘We take Peter, put him on an adventure, we put him back in his life.’ I intentionally wanted a movie that didn’t have to worry about mythology and continuity. It was important to me to make a movie that could stand on its own. So the good news is, you know, [laughs], it slots in very well to any plan anybody ever wants. We just need to let a couple years go by, I think.”
So, Goddard's Sinister Six structure is adaptable, which is very good news for Sony if they do decide to expand Spidey's borders in the years to come. The question of whether they will remains, though, particularly since we don't yet know exactly where Marvel and Sony will take the character together. Still, it's nice to know there's an opportunity.
What do you think? Will we ever see Sinister Six?