Last December, Sony announced plans to expand on their Spider-Man universe by confirming there were films in the pipeline for The Sinister Six, and also a Venom spin-off movie. You will find the official press release from that announcement below, but first there is some further expansion on Sony’s plans to share with you.
The Amazing Spider-Man producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad spoke with SFX earlier this week, and they discussed the Spider-Man villains, especially Venom. The producers firstly talked about the popularity of villains, and good villains especially, can often be massively popular with fans.
Tolmach discussed how the villains would be bordering on good guys as well as villains:
“Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at,” he said. “It’s an awesome challenge because some of the greatest characters are in fact villains, and how you construct that is so much fun. People love those bad characters if they’re good bad characters, and love to watch them. And nobody’s all good, nobody’s all bad.”
He then went on to talk about Venom in particular, and explained how he could even be considered a hero:
“Venom hated only one guy – Spider-Man,” Arad told SFX. ”He wasn’t innately bad, he was a shortcut guy, not really into fighting hard for achievement. That’s the Venom story. Can he also be a good guy? As you know, Venom was also called ‘lethal defender of the innocent.’ We had a great history with him, especially caring for the homeless, which is a very sensitive issue and something that many of us are very concerned with. Our villains all represent a different side of the misunderstood, and some of them unfortunately turned to the dark side.”
While on the subject of The Amazing Spider-Man, director of The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, and also confirmed to direct Spider-Man 3 Marc Webb, confirmed that he will not be directing The Amazing Spider-Man 4 (which is confirmed for a 2018 release).
“I’d like to be involved as a consultant,” he told The Daily Beast at SXSW.
“I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, [the third film] will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else.”
Sony have announced plans to release release a Spider-Man franchise themed film every year for the foreseeable future.
Here is the December press release confirming the Sinister Six and Venom movies:
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.
The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films. Under the deals, the studio announced that Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct; the film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016. In addition, the team will build on the cinematic foundation laid by Webb, Arad, and Tolmach in the first two movies. They will expand the franchise as Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon will write the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct; also, Goddard will write, with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise. Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio.
In tapping these five writers, the studio and the producers are guiding the future of the franchise with the writer/producers who have each played significant and key roles in developing such highly successful franchises, films, and series as Star Trek, Transformers, “Alias,” “Fringe,” Men in Black, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, World War Z, “Lost,” Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods, and Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series.
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. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, 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. 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.”