Not too surprisingly, The Amazing Spider-Man looks like it will be the first installment of a proposed trilogy, and now the film's producers have opened up about how the rogues gallery will round out in future installments. So which classic Spidey baddies are in the offing?
Producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad recently chatted with SuperHeroHype about their plans for the next few Amazing Spider-Man films, and Arad said there is no real concern about using baddies that have already appeared in Sam Raimi's recent trilogy—they will just tackle them in a different way. And if you want to be true to the comics, he said it could all lead up to the Sinister Six:
"There are so many ways to paint these villains, all of them. As you know, one of the great sagas in the Spider-Man universe is of course the Sinister Six. I think Avengers did okay the last time I looked. It all depends on the stories that one wants to tell, because Spider-Man is really more a depth kind of a story, we have to be careful how many villains we can service, because a relationship with a villain has to be such that it's a story on his own. We attempted to do multiple villains—you've been there—you just need screen time to do it."
If you're unfamiliar, the Sinister Six is a who's-who of Spidey baddies, including Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Vulture, Electro, Mysterio and Sandman, who rally together to take out Spidey.
When asked if they might even do six films, leading up to the Sinister Six in an epic finale, Tolmach admitted: "It seems like a good model."
Arad went on to say there is still a lot of Spidey lore left to mine, and they want to take their time and tell those stories:
"One of the things that Matt and I are working on is the expansion of the universe. The Spider-Man Universe, as you know, has very interesting characters. We didn't even get yet to Robbie (Robertson) and J. Jonah Jameson. We didn't get to John Jameson, and we didn't get yet to Mary Jane, so we are kind of peeling the onion and looking for what will be the most compelling and interesting relationships within the Spider-Man universe to continue and sometimes spin them off—that's an opportunity."
Did you check out The Amazing Spider-Man this week? Do you want more films set in this universe?