The Sinister Six, the legendary team-up of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies, has long been eyed by Sony Pictures for a spinoff movie; a notion that predates Tom Holland’s current Marvel Cinematic Universe-adherent version of the Wall-Crawler. While a lot has happened on the movie front since those plans last gained momentum – notably with Venom and an upcoming array of solo spinoff movies – it appears that the allure of a Sinister Six mega-movie still has Sony making plans.
The latest Sinister Six update comes from Amy Pascal, who, while ousted as Sony Pictures chief back in 2015 after the December 2014 company-wide hack, still maintains producing purview over the Spider-Man efforts. She has revealed that the studio’s plans for The Sinister Six are not only, in her mind, still in place but will maintain its intent to work off a script by Drew Goddard, who is also the frontrunner to direct the film. As Pascal explains in an interview with Vanity Fair:
“I’m just waiting for Drew to be ready to direct it. I would do anything with Drew Goddard. I’m just waiting for him to tell me he wants to.”
Pascal also claims that she discussed the Sinister Six possibilities with Goddard as recently as October, implying that he was still game for the opportunity.
The would-be film’s titular killer coterie first came together in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, dated January 1964, sporting the original lineup of Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, the Sandman, the Vulture and Mysterio, the last of whom will make an onscreen debut in Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel Spider-Man: Far from Home, as played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Of course, the group’s lineup has evolved over the decades and it seems logical that Sony would try to work Tom Hardy’s Venom into the fray.
While the Sinister Six script that Goddard submitted to Sony – during the 2012-2014 era of The Amazing Spider-Man films, which starred Andrew Garfield – may not necessarily be up to the current state of the rapidly-evolving, ever-lucrative comic book movie genre, Sony might be inclined to retain the essence of the piece.
Indeed, Goddard would come to the Sinster Six table with loads of writing/producing genre experience from Netflix’s celebrated-but-cancelled Daredevil, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel and Alias. Plus, he penned the Oscar-nominated script for The Martian and horror-thriller World War Z. Moreover, his burgeoning directorial resume recently added stylistic crime drama Bad Times at the El Royale and, should long-mooted plans finally come to fruition, he will assume the director’s chair for Fox-Marvel effort X-Force, working off his own script.
Make no mistake, Pascal’s Sinister Six claim does have a ring of truth, especially considering how this past October’s Venom – despite mixed reviews and no Spider-Man – managed take an impressive $852.7 million global bite, which certainly encouraged spinoff-minded Sony suits, who have already concocted solo spinoff plans for classic Spidey antagonists like Morbius the Living Vampire (starring Jared Leto) and even loose plans for Kraven the Hunter. – And, lest we forget, the Venom sequel.