Sony is making good on their promise to foster a Marvel-like franchise based around Spider-Man by recruiting Drew Goddard as director of a Sinister Six movie.
According to Deadline, Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) is nearing a deal with the studio to make a movie based around Spidey’s most notorious enemies.
The Sinister Six is being set-up in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and include super-villains Electro, Doc Ock, Sandman, Mysterio, Vulture, and Kraven the Hunter.
Should the Sinister Six movie be successful, expect spin-off films for each member.
Sony is also working on a standalone Venom movie, to be directed by Alex Kurtzman.
Variety says Goddard, Kurtzman, Spider-Man helmer Marc Webb, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, and Ed Solomon make up the “franchise brain trust”, charged by the studio to develop an ongoing story thread across the individual features.
What separates Sony’s efforts here from Marvel’s is that they seem keen to build a universe of anti-hero blockbusters. It’ll be interesting to see if people take to it after overindulging on Marvel’s many heroic efforts.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 already has a release date set for 2016, while The Amazing Spider-Man 4 is expected to follow close behind.