“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is due to premiere soon, but recent talk among fanboy circles has been about the spin-off feature films, namely “Venom” and “The Sinister Six”. You’ve already seen the former in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3”, while certain other members of the Six have also appeared in the previous franchise. Sony, wanting to milk their cash cow to the max, sees Spidey’s enemies as being enough of a draw to merit their own standalone pics.
But details have been sketchy to say the least at this early stage. Speaking to SFX magazine, producer Matt Tolmach revealed some morsels of info: “Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at. At the same time 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, and so where we end up with that story, I think, is a really awesome challenge, and we all smile when we think about what you can do. It’s definitely a bad-ass group of people and I think it’s going to be a ton of fun to watch them.”
Producer Avi Arad also gave his two cents: “With Marvel characters, the villains are victims of circumstance. If you look at our villains, none of them were born like that. Our villains are nice and complex and in the world of film writing you can play with that, you can make some wonderful things out of it. The Spider-Man universe has amazing villains, they are all character driven… Our villains all represent a different side of the misunderstood, and some of them unfortunately turned to the dark side. Venom happened to be a phenomenal character. With Eddie Brock, or if you do Flash Thompson, it doesn’t matter who is going to be inside the suit – what’s important is that a man like him is going to realize there comes a time when you wake up in the morning and say ‘How did I get here? There must be a better way.'”
Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (“Star Trek”) together with Ed Solomon have been hired to write the “Venom” movie, and it will be directed by Kurtzman. “The Sinister Six” will be written and directed by Drew Goddard (“The Cabin in the Woods”). I have a little more faith in the latter project.