Out of all the convoluted on-screen histories of comic book characters, few have had it as bad as Spider-Man. First, there was Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire that launched in 2002. More recently, there's the MCU Spidey, played by Tom Holland, who was first introduced in 2016's Captain America: Civil War before getting his own solo outings.
In-between those two are Marc Webb's pair of Amazing Spider-Man films, which were intended to launch a shared universe of their own. This would have meant films about Peter Parker's parents, Aunt May as a spy (yes, really), as well as writer/director Drew Goddard's take on Sinister Six. In fact, the supergroup of Spidey villains was very strongly hinted at in 2014's Amazing Spider-Man 2.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Goddard mentioned his not-forgotten adaptation of Sinister Six, which he thinks could still happen.
"The punk rock mentality that led to [Cabin in the Woods] is very much at the core of Sinister Six," Goddard explained, adding "Who knows, it could see the light of day."
Goddard's optimism about Sinister Six is nothing new, but having navigated his way through franchises like Buffy and Daredevil, he's developed a pretty casual attitude about the business side of things.
"It’s funny, I’ve been through a lot of volatility at a lot of different studios. Between MGM and Sony and Fox. At a certain point, you start to realize, 'Oh, this is just a volatile business,' and you try to stay afloat as the boat rocks back and forth."
His optimism might not be totally unfounded, with Venom breaking box office expectations and movies based on other Spidey rogues like Morbius and Kraven the Hunter moving forward. Should this trend continue, Sony could resurrect Goddard's adaptation of Sinister Six and repurpose it for their current shared universe of Marvel characters.
Granted, this is all speculation at this point, but one can't help be curious exactly what Goddard was planning for the ultimate team of Spider-Man villains. Are you still interesting in seeing Goddard's vision for Sinister Six? Let us know in the comments.