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Sony Announces Its Spider-Man Spin-Offs
Venom and The Sinister Six to get movies

13 December 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Spider-Man Spin-off, Venom and Sinister Six

The Spider-Man news comes thick and fast. A few days after the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 broke and Andrew Garfield questioned his involvement in Spider-Man 4, and a month after rumours first surfaced, news has arrived that Spidey bosses Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad are expanding their world still further with spin-off movies for Venom and The Sinister Six.

"Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity", explained Arad and Tolmach in a statement, "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."

A five-strong brains trust has been appointment to oversee the stories, including Star Trek's Alex Kurtzman, his long-time writing partner Roberto Orci, Alias writer Jeff Pinkner, Cabin In The Woods' Drew Goddard and Now You See Me writer Ed Solomon.

Kurtzman will tackle Venom as director and co-writer, while Goddard will pen a script for The Sinister Six and may also find himself sitting in the big chair marked 'director', should the stars align.

Goddard's involvement counts as a surprise. Joss Whedon's protégé has also been in talks to pen the Marvel / Netflix Daredevil TV show, and time, presumably, will be at a something of a premium.

Sony's official announcement reads: "In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said: “The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films.”

Arad and Tolmach added, “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. 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.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits cinemas on April 18, 2014. Check out the trailer below, and then let us know what you think. Can these Spidey-villains sustain their own films? Who would you like to see in this Sinister Six line-up?

 

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Your Comments

RE: Who the Hell thinks this is a good idea?!?!?!?
If I was a producer, I would would say F*** NO to the idea. It just sounds stupid from the start. And what if the project falls into the wrong hands, like Brett Ratner or an unknown Michael Bay Wannabe. hopefully, Sony well handle the villains with care. all I can do is cross my fingers. More

Posted by Darren47 at 17:18 on 19 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Lame
L: AxlReznor Also, there is precedent for Rhino's suit being a mecha in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. That too. Its a military hardware armor suit known as R.H.I.N.O.. And Marvel does seem to be using the Ultimate universe more then the classic for its movies lately.... Yes, different studios and ownerships etc. But still. More

Posted by GrizBe at 10:58 on 17 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Lame
L: Macavity L: GrizBe L: gary franklin The first Garfield spider-man movie was average at best and this looks to be several shades of lame. i mean come on they've turned electro into a dude that can turn into electricity and travel by sockets. And god forbid am i not seeing the whole picture but is the rhino some dude in a four legged tank. Christ no doubt this will make buckets of cash but it already looks shite. You do realise that in the comics Electro can turn in More

Posted by AxlReznor at 10:50 on 17 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Lame
L: GrizBe L: gary franklin The first Garfield spider-man movie was average at best and this looks to be several shades of lame. i mean come on they've turned electro into a dude that can turn into electricity and travel by sockets. And god forbid am i not seeing the whole picture but is the rhino some dude in a four legged tank. Christ no doubt this will make buckets of cash but it already looks shite. You do realise that in the comics Electro can turn into electricity and More

Posted by Macavity at 08:42 on 16 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Lame
L: gary franklin The first Garfield spider-man movie was average at best and this looks to be several shades of lame. i mean come on they've turned electro into a dude that can turn into electricity and travel by sockets. And god forbid am i not seeing the whole picture but is the rhino some dude in a four legged tank. Christ no doubt this will make buckets of cash but it already looks shite. You do realise that in the comics Electro can turn into electricity and travel via wire? A More

Posted by GrizBe at 16:18 on 14 December 2013 | Report This Post

Could be great
I'm kind of stunned by the lack of imagination from the nay-sayers in this thread. This has potential to be a lot of fun. Has a comic book villain ever had a solo film before? More

Posted by Macavity at 09:58 on 14 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Andrew Garfield needs to be on board if these happen
I hope they don't just start throwing money at these films. The Spider-Man sequel already looks like effects overkill with Electro barely more than a special effect rather than a character. I had hoped that Dredd would be more successful, in the hope that it would change the current trend for comic book films getting more and more expensive. I felt the lean 40m budget meant we got a solid character-based thriller with emphasis on intelligent direction and imaginative camera work. I'd rather hav More

Posted by y2cave at 18:06 on 13 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Andrew Garfield needs to be on board if these happen
Venom could work well on his own If they went the Anti-hero route with him. But you'd still need it to be tied into Spidey for it to work well. If we have a Spidey film featuring the full symbiote cycle etc. rather then just the cheap lip-service bit we got with it in the original Spidey 3, a spin-off could be handled and done really well. I could see it leading to something of a Venom vs Carnage bit perhaps. More

Posted by GrizBe at 15:26 on 13 December 2013 | Report This Post

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L: GrizBe Not surprising at all given that Venom is the fan favourite from the Spiderman universe and that to do the sinister Six any kind of justice, you'd need an entire movie devoted just to them. But, I fail to see how either could work as a spin off given that you'd need Spiderman to make them work. I agree, a film solely about a group of villains surely needs a hero for audiences to get behind, otherwise we'll just be watching bad guys doing evil stuff...it worked for Tony Mo More

Posted by TPM007 at 10:46 on 13 December 2013 | Report This Post

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