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?
Reader Feedback - 19 Comments
Yes!! I can't wait to see a solid venom character portrayed on screen after that awful Sam Raimi version. They should have a sequel to venoms spin-off with carnage (venoms offspring). Another spidey movie I am patiently waiting to see is Secret Wars!
timnimbus on Dec 13, 2013
Deftinitely! Venom was one of my all-time favorite villains of Spidey and the Sam Raimi version was just god-awful. It'd be nice to have Venom done right this time.
Such heroic nonsense on Dec 13, 2013
Such heroic nonsense on Dec 13, 2013
Xerxexx on Dec 13, 2013
I like the idea of Sinister Six, wheras Avengers follows heroes and their respective movies, SS can follow villains.
Tyrell Antonio on Dec 13, 2013
So let's see... Electro-Check Rhino-Check Green Goblin-Check Vulture-Check (Hinted in Spider-Man 2 trailer) Doc Ock-Check (Also hinted in trailer) Venom-Check That's six by my count! They all seem to be here! Not to mention they could introduce Carnage in the Venom movie or SS movie! And the SS villain team up always changes in the comics so I'm assuming they're hoping to do the same for the films. This is very exciting!
Nathan Williams on Dec 13, 2013
Well only three on your list are from sinister six. "Check" it yourself 😉 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinister_Six
ChapeL on Dec 13, 2013
That's not entirely true. And besides this is the film adaption, All of these Characters have been part of the six at some point of time or another. All though I don't think Carnage has. Either way it doesn't matter. Yes Doctor Octopus, Vulture, and Electro are the main three and were part of the original SS. I am aware of that I don't need no stupid Wiki link to know that. Thank you anywise for the link. It was rather considerate 🙂
Nathan Williams on Dec 16, 2013
So, we have "Avengers universe" by Disney, "X-men universe" by Fox and "Spider-man universe" by Sony ?? That sucks! We must have one single Marvel universe on the big screen.
Miguel Garay Boszeta on Dec 13, 2013
That'll be a generation or two down the road. 15-30 years later after Disney somehow buys out Fox and Sony's rights to the characters...or after they buy Fox and Sony altogether. But if you want to make a small contribution towards having a single universe, boycott The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The biggest step toward Marvel Studios getting those characters back would be Sony and Fox's efforts flopping terribly.
Chris Groves on Dec 13, 2013
You know, that's not neccesary. Movie studios are greddy. I think that all can merge their characters in just one universe, for money.
Miguel Garay Boszeta on Dec 19, 2013
Deciding who deserves how much money is where they will never agree. If you put Spider-Man in The Avengers with Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor...how do you split that? Does Sony throw in 50% of the budget, even though they are just throwing in one character? Do they loan out the character in exchange for a percentage of the profits? What percentage is fair? Again, Spider-Man is only ONE character that they would be providing while the other 4-5 would be coming from Marvel/Disney. It would be a nightmare to strike a deal where everyone is happy...and at the end of the day, what they each stand to gain from such a collaboration might not even be worth the headaches of trying to make the deal happen.
Chris Groves on Dec 20, 2013
I wonder if Venom will be portrayed as an anti-hero
adam lamonica on Dec 13, 2013
Um... Venom will not be Kurtzman's directorial debut. He's already directed "People Like Us" a few years back with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks.
Patrick Shirley on Dec 13, 2013
I need to see my doctor about this erection.
OfficialJab on Dec 13, 2013
I'm glad I'm not a doctor...
Andrew Arnold on Dec 13, 2013
you'd need an electron microscope.
mastema on May 20, 2014
Ouch! Send the patient directly to the burn ward!
Andrew Arnold on May 20, 2014
There was a time where I would have thought this was the coolest news ever, but now, not so much. Maybe if the first Amazing Spider-Man was better? Maybe if the 2nd looked better?
Chris Groves on Dec 13, 2013
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