Spidey has been in the news once again, this time the talk has turned to director Drew Goddard who was attached to the Sinister Six film that had been in development as part of Sony’s Spidey-cinematic universe.
Goddard of course helmed the Joss Whedon written and produced horror film Cabin in the Woods, and was lined up to help expand the Amazing Spiderman universe of films with the villain centric Sinister Six. With the announcement that Sony is partnering with Marvel Studios to introduce Spiderman into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), all of the Amazing Spiderman planned films were put under a cloud of doubt in terms of their future.
It now seems that all of the films previously in development are now off the table, with the news that Goddard is being assigned to relaunch Spiderman in a new rebooted series of films that will co-exist with the MCU. This new series is reportedly going to be the Spectacular Spiderman franchise of films, named for another Spidey comic from Marvel.
So no Sinister Six film in development at this point, however the first trilogy in the Spectacular Spidey film series is rumoured to include the Sinister Six, with a possibility of spinning them off into a stand-alone film at a later point in time. No doubt Goddard will be able to bring across some of the ideas he’d been working on for the Sinister Six film, albeit in a much smaller capacity given the likely focus on establishing the new incarnation of Peter Parker/Spiderman.
It’s refreshing to hear however that they are opting to avoid a third Spiderman origin film with this new series, it’s reported that the new film will not feature an origin story, and that Spiderman will already exist when the new film starts. Again it’s likely they’ll take Peter Parker back to his high school roots though, suggesting that they’ll be seeking to cast a young actor that they can keep over multiple films and even trilogies.