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Who’s In Spider-Man’s Sinister Six?
A bluffer’s guide to the planned spin-off from the Amazing Spider-films

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There’s a maxim in football that you’re only as strong as your bench, and with the Sinister Six, the evil talent pool runs deep. For one thing, there’s more than six of them (clever bastards), and, for another, their line-up is pretty changeable. Sony has announced that a Sinister Six film is headed our way from writer/director Drew Goddard, along with a solo outing for another Spider villain, Venom, and a straight sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 3. But what can we expect from the sextet’s film? What order these films will come in remains to be seen, rather complicating our prognostications, but we’ve examined the comics and films to find the likely contenders.

Just beware of minor, largely trailer-centric spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2...

WORDS HELEN O'HARA
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DOCTOR OCTOPUS

Sinister Six - Doctor Octopus

Who’s that?
“Guy called Otto Octavius gets eight arms – what are the chances?” cheered a delighted J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. The well-monikered Doc Ock has a long history in the comics, and in fact it was he who first put together the superbad-group on the page. Realising that he wasn’t able to defeat Spider-Man single-handedly, he tried to contact every single baddie who’d ever crossed the webslinger’s path, and recruited the five who replied into his gang.

Is he likely to feature?
We’d say so, yes: there’s actually a shot of those four tentacles in The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s trailer, which suggests he’s on someone’s drawing board. But who will play him and what his motivation might be to get involved remains to be seen. “As long as there's that one thing in common: they'll hate Spider-Man,” says producer Avi Arad. “They'll hate him because he’s so different from them. But then, you know when you sit by yourself somewhere and you think about it, they all had a different life at one time.” Can we get Alfred Molina back?

In a word: YES

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With a heavy heart that The Amazing Spiderman 2 is poor and anyone who has watched it should agree with me i don't want to throw out any spoilers here but the Rhino is so utterly pointless i don't understand why directors can't see this type or situation when they watch the final edit so many Superhero films are littered with these pointless plot lines that it may be time for studio bosses to use real fans to critique the movie before they release it as in this case the movie has multiple issues that are just plain rubbish - the weakest of all the movies Marvel has sanctioned is also starring their most beloved character and if that doesn't set the alarm bells ringing we could be seeing the beginning of the end of the Superhero franchise...Massively disappointed and genuinely as a lifelong fan - upset ! More

Posted by logan 5 on Thursday April 24, 2014, 10:53

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Seen Spider-Man last night, Colm Feore has the right look for it and I wondered if they'd make any hint towards him becoming Vulture. More

Posted by Icarus1 on Thursday April 17, 2014, 12:50

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Is Venom about to shove a spikey finger up Spidey's anus while licking his arm off? More

Posted by Jonny24 on Wednesday April 16, 2014, 23:38

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I read that Colm Feore had been cast as the Vulture.. might just be a load of balls though like most news these days More

Posted by chris wootton on Wednesday April 16, 2014, 13:00

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