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The Sinister Six
Directed byDrew Goddard
Produced by
Screenplay byDrew Goddard
Based on
Production
company
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Sinister Six is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is intended to be an installment of Sony's Marvel Universe. The film is being written and directed by Drew Goddard.

Plans for a Sinister Six film were first announced by Sony in December 2013, with Goddard attached as writer. He was confirmed to be directing as well a year later, but the film was ultimately cancelled when Sony chose to focus on its Spider-Man films with Marvel Studios by November 2019. Sony was interested in the project again by December 2018 after beginning work on their new shared universe and introducing several members of the Sinister Six as villains in their Spider-Man films.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In December 2013, Sony revealed plans to use The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) to establish their own expanded universe—inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)—based on the Marvel properties the studio had the film rights to, including the Sinister Six group of Spider-Man villains. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach would produce the films as part of a franchise brain trust that also included Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard, and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb. Goddard would write, with the intention of directing, The Sinister Six.[1] The Amazing Spider-Man 2 introduces or teases several members of the Sinister Six team, including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, and Mysterio. These were all being considered for the film's line-up.[2]

Goddard was confirmed to be directing the film in April 2014.[3] Arad and Tolmach said The Sinister Six would be released after The Amazing Spider-Man 3—which was set for release on May 27, 2016—but before The Amazing Spider-Man 4.[4] Following the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Tolmach would not confirm or deny whether Spider-Man would be appearing in The Sinister Six, but said that the newly-planned spin-off films would not be entirely focused on villainous characters and that "there’s complexity to all of [the Sinister Six] ... there are some guys who are redeemable, and some who are really horrible."[5] Arad added that the film would be about "redemption",[6] and would not necessarily be a faithful adaptation of the comics which he felt would need some "adaptations" for a modern audience.[7] By the end of the month, the final line-up of characters were still yet to be decided as Goddard continued work on the script, but production was on-schedule to begin as early as January 2015.[2]

After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperformed and with Sony "under tremendous pressure to perform [that has them taking] a hard look at their most important franchise", the direction of the new shared universe was rethought.[8] The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was pushed off its release date, and The Sinister Six was scheduled for release on November 11, 2016.[9] In February 2015, Sony and Marvel Studios announced a new partnership that would see the latter produce the next Spider-Man film for Sony, and integrate the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[10] Sony still planned to produce the spin-off films without Marvel's involvement.[11][8] That September, Goddard reiterated that the film could still happen. He described it as a standalone story that could fit into the Spider-Man franchise regardless of the mythology or studio plans. He compared this approach to a "summer annual" where "We take Peter [Parker / Spider-Man], put him on an adventure, we put him back in his life." Goddard added that the film was intended to be a Spider-Man film rather than focus solely on the titular villains.[12] By November, the spin-off films were believed to have been canceled, with Sony instead focusing on its new reboot with Marvel.[13]

In May 2017, Sony officially announced plans for a new shared universe named "Sony's Marvel Universe", to feature Spider-Man-related properties beginning with Venom in October 2018.[14] The Sinister Six was still considered to be "shelved", with Sony looking to build out the new universe gradually rather than rush in with a large team-up film as they had previously planned to do with the Amazing Spider-Man spin-offs.[15] Goddard reflected on the project in October 2018, calling it a more commercial version of his film The Cabin in the Woods (2012), having the same "punk rock mentality" as that film, and one with "a real opportunity to do something different and exciting and just flat-out bananas". He added, "Who knows, it could see the light of day."[16] That December, when the successful release of Venom meant that "previously shelved plans for Spider-Man could actually come to fruition", producer Amy Pascal described the Sinister Six project as "very much alive in [her] mind", and said that she was just waiting for Goddard to say that he was ready to direct it.[17] In September 2019, a Sinister Six film was listed as one of Sony's in-development projects for their shared universe.[18] On the home media release of Spider-Man: Far From Home the next month, Pascal notes in an interview that the villains of that film and its predecessor Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) are all members of the Sinister Six in the comics.[19]

References[edit]

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