'Sinister Six' Delayed in Wake of Marvel & Sony's Spider-Man Deal
Unless you've been under a rock, or you just don't care, you've probably heard about the new deal struck between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures that will see Spider-Man enter the Marvel cinematic universe while Sony maintains distribution, ownership rights and creative control. Word from Wall Street Journal is that the new Spider-Man (who won't be played by Andrew Garfield) will show up for the first time in Captain America: Civil War (which we all assumed). But the paper also has word on the plans for the previously announced continuance of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, or at least Sinister Six.
Wall Street Journal reports that Sinister Six will remain in development, but it has been pushed back from the previously set November 11th, 2016 release date to an unknown release. As of now, Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard is still attached to write and direct the film. However, this seems strange considering the fact that we'll be getting a new Spider-Man, and the previous plans for a Sinister Six movie were meant to tie in to The Amazing Spider-Man franchise starring Andrew Garfield. Perhaps they'll just retool the Sinister Six material to come after Sony & Marvel's first new Spider-Man debuts on July 28th, 2017. Or maybe they'll just have Goddard direct the new Spider-Man movie.
Either way, it sounds like The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is dead, and we wouldn't count on ever seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 hit the big screen. But now that Marvel and Sony Pictures are playing nice with Spider-Man, don't forget that there are talks to have some Marvel cinematic universe characters pop up in Sony's forthcoming Spider-Man movies that Marvel Studios is now producing. And we will likely see more Spider-Man characters elsewhere in the Marvel cinematic universe as well. This is clearly the new focus for Sony Pictures right now, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens with Sinister Six.