Earlier this week, news got out that Lisa Joy of ‘Pushing Daisies’ has been brought into the Spider-Man fold at Sony Pictures to expand their cinematic universe by developing a spinoff featuring a female lead. But before that announcement was made, the studio had put into motion plans to produce films starring iconic Spidey villains Venom and the Sinister Six. Now, some new details have emerged from those productions that may indicate the directions they’ll be taking us True Believers.
While no other team members have been confirmed just yet, Deadline says that Drew Goddard’s ‘The Sinister Six’ will be led by none other than Doctor Octopus. Last seen on the big screen in ‘Spider-Man 2’, Otto Octavius was played by veteran actor Alfred Molina. According to the report, it will be the tentacled tyrant who assembles the collection of villains in the film. But Doc Ock won’t be the only adversary from Sam Raimi’s trilogy that will be making an appearance in the web-slinger’s new series.
The article continues by talking about ‘Venom’, which is apparently being called ‘Venom Carnage’ now. Scheduled for a release sometime in 2017, Alex Kurtzman is currently in line to direct the film, as well as write the script with Ed Solomon. Regarding that title, it might be the weirdest one we’ve heard since ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, which is at least stylized to make a little sense. Hopefully the studio works out something better by the time it hits theaters. However, if that title means that they plan on including Cletus Kasady and his sadistic symbiote alter ego to face off against (or team up with) Eddie Brock’s Venom, then I know that I’ll give the movie a shot no matter what it’s called.
Though I liked ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, it definitely wasn’t without faults. Some fans might even rank it up there with ‘Spider-Man 3’ as one of the wall-crawler’s worst showings on the big screen. But now that Sony has a number of other projects set in Spidey’s universe in the works, maybe it’s possible to salvage the hero’s cinematic reputation and reinvigorate the franchise to it’s former glory.
What do you think about these new details about ‘The Sinister Six’ and ‘Venom’? Are you more excited to see them make their way to theaters in the coming years? Sound off in the comments.