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My Spidey Sense Is Tingling

Sony Greenlights Venom & Sinister Six Spider-Man Spin-Offs

It’s like The Avengers, but with villains. 

Sony has decided cashing in on only Peter Parker, when they hold the rights to Spider-Man’s entire story, was kind of silly. To wit, they’re branching out. The studio announced they’ll be moving forward on not one but two feature films based on Spider-Man’s rogues. One will be Venom, the other, Sinister Six.

According to MTV:

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, writers of ”The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” will co-write “Venom,” with Kurtzman tapped to direct. “Cabin in the Woods” mastermind Drew Goddard will write “Sinister Six,” with an eye to possibly direct. (Goddard is currently working with Marvel Studios to bring the Netflix series “Daredevil” to life as writer/director and showrunner.) “Fringe” veteran Jeff Pinkner and “Now You See Me” writer Ed Solomon round out the five-person brain-trust tasked with helping producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach and director Marc Webb to expand Sony’s “Spider-Man” film universe.

The villainous team originally consisted of Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and Vulture. Venom, Doctor Octopus, and Sandman previously featured in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, while more of the Rhino and Electro will be making their debut in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Arad and Tolmach said in a statement, “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. 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.”

No plot details have been released as of yet nor has there been confirmation of any past or current actors in the villain roles to continue them in the spin-offs. Though it’s likely Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti would at least continue their parts if Sony is trying for a Marvel-esque shared universe.

(via MTV)

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  • Philip Lopez

    …yay? Well I like Drew Goddard so at least there’s that

  • Gordon Borland

    I wouldn’t mind a Superior Foes film.

  • Cy

    Spidey often teams up with the Fantastic Four to stop the Sinister Six. With a new F4 movie being put together I suspect a huge movie in the works.

  • Philip Lopez

    Except FF is at Fox and Sony owns Spider-man. We’re as likely to see them team up as we are to see Spidey in Avengers. Which sucks

  • ACF

    Miles Morales movie?

  • Cy

    Ah, yes. I knew it wasn’t a Marvel property and thought they were both under the same company. Then I have no idea how Spider-Man is supposed to take out the entire Sinister Six by himself unless they introduce some of his lesser known allies that fall under the Spider-Man banner.

  • blu girl

    I wish!

  • TheChief

    The only other “major” hero that Sony has is Ghost Rider. I doubt that he would be brought in. As for Spiderman specific allies…maybe Black Cat or Morbius? I could potentially see Black Cat. Sony doesn’t really have much to work with in regards to established heroes. I suppose they could create some original heroes….

  • Cy

    I was thinking Black Cat and Prowler. I forgot about Morbius. Maybe DarkHawk, I think he launched under Spider-Man.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Actually, Sony has contracted Stan Lee to make a new character for the Spiderman cinematic universe.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    I really hope they make a film of May Parker Spidergirl. Admittedly it would need to be set like 14 years in the future, but it would be soooo awesome.

  • Anonymous

    I would kill for that. You don’t even know.