Sony Officially Reveals Spider-Man Spin-Offs 'Venom' & 'Sinister Six'
by Ethan Anderton
December 13, 2013
We've already know that the universe for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is expanding, beginning with the forthcoming sequel, especially after the trailer teased three villains. Well, it turns out the Spidey's comic book world will get even bigger on the big screen, and not just within the sequels of The Amazing Spider-Man film series. Today, Sony announced two new spin-offs called Venom and The Sinister Six, and it's pretty easy to discern just what those two projects will focus on. However, it won't be Marc Webb who directs these films, though he is part of a brain trust to expand the world of Spidey on the big screen.
Webb has been joined by writing partners Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers), in addition to Jeff Pinkner ("Fringe"), Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Now You See Me) and Cabin in the Woods writer Drew Goddard "to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films." More specifically, Kurtzman, Orci and Solomon have been hired to write the screenplay for Venom, and Kurtzman will be directing (his second feature following People Like Us in 2012). Meanwhile, Goddard will script The Sinister Six with an eye towards directing the project as well.
As you can imagine, producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad couldn't be more thrilled, saying:
"This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.' With more than fifty years' wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man universe is truly boundless; in addition, the Spider-Man comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, but with this move, we have the opportunity to grow the franchise by looking to the future as we develop a continuous arc for the story. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we're excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world."
In addition to the new spin-offs, Sony also confirmed that Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner will script The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and they hope Webb will return to direct the film that is already slated for release on June 10th, 2016. We're wondering if that fourth film in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise that was dated for release in the summer of 2018 is actually The Sinister Six film. After all, it has been rumored that The Amazing Spider-Man sequels were leading to a mash-up of all the villains in a single film, and Andrew Garfield recently said that sequel had nothing to do with him at this point.
Obviously, this means that the Venom spin-off that was previously developing with Chronicle director Josh Trank involved has been scrapped, and this new one is being crafted with the entirety of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise in mind. We're still not sure how these standalone films about the bad guys in the Spider-Man universe will work with audiences, but this is some huge news with Sony creating an Avengers assembly of villains on the big screen, and we hope it works. Excited to see these spin-offs?