Sony made headlines back in December by announcing an aggressive slate of Spider-Man and Spider-Man-adjacent movies. Along with the proposed Amazing Spider-Man threequel and fourquel slated for 2016 and 2018, the studio announced vague-firm plans for Venom and Sinister Six films—a clear attempt to build their own little corner of the Marvel Universe into a movie mega-franchise to rival Marvel Studios’ Avengers-verse, Warner Bros’ incipient Justice League-verse, and Fox’s X-Men-plus-also-maybe-Fantastic-Four-verse. Sony also boldly announced that all the films were being overseen by a “franchise brain trust.” READ FULL STORY
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So Drew Goddard is probably going to direct the Sinister Six movie, which is probably going to be released after Amazing Spider-Man 3, and which will probably star a lot of Spider-Man villains, at least one of whom will be less of a “villain” than an antihero who serves as the audience surrogate. (My money’s on Black Cat, but there’s always Sandman, the go-to not-really-evil villain for decades now.) Goddard was already announced as a member of Sony’s spin-off think thank, but if the news is not surprising, it’s still a bit unusual. Goddard’s sole directorial credit pre-Six was 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods, the incredible meta-horror comedy that did exactly as well at the box office as most meta-horror comedies tend to do. READ FULL STORY
Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens next month, but that’s just step two in Sony’s 34-step process to out-Avengers Avengers. The studio announced a slate of Spidey sequels and spin-offs last year — and, as EW’s Sara Vilkomerson explains in this week’s cover story, the new film is very much a world-building vehicle towards those future films, laying the groundwork for a rapid expansion. The ultimate end goal, at least for now, appears to be the Sinister Six. That’s the name of a villainous superteam that frequently bedevils Spidey. If all goes as planned, there will be a Sinister Six movie, with Drew Goddard already onboard to write/probably direct it.
But the Sinister Six have always had a rotating lineup. (And — potential Unusual Sequel Title Alert! — there was once a Sinister Twelve.) So who should be on the bigscreen Six? We put together a wishlist of Spidey villains — post your own essentials in the comments!
2. Sony’s announcement that they will expand their rebooted Amazing Spider-Man franchise in every conceivable direction represents a new peak in Hollywood’s current vogue for franchise-building brinksmanship. Marvel Studios revealed their master plan gradually: Release an Iron Man here, announce a Thor there, wait until Avengers is a hit before you start really freaking people out with Guardians of the Galaxy.
After X-Men: First Class was an okay-not-gangbusters hit, Fox carefully retrenched: Mix in the original director and the original cast, throw out one fan-bait title (Days of Future Past) and then, when they least expect it, throw out another (Apocalypse.) When Disney announced Star Wars: Episode VII, they led with a creative-team announcement: Michael Arndt is writing it! You know him! Toy Story 3! (There followed a lengthy search for a director — the Internet Age equivalent of Selznick looking for his Scarlett O’Hara — and the eventual departure of Arndt.) Warner Bros. is building up to Justice League one granular casting announcement at a time. READ FULL STORY
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