The Sinister Six, a six person super-villain collection of Spider-Man’s greatest foes, will be the next chapter released in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise.
Today, Sony announced release dates for both Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider-Man 3. The Sinister Six will be released on November 11, 2016 and will be written/directed by Drew Goodard best known for directing Cabin in the Woods. The plot will reportedly focus on “a redemption story for the characters.”
Sony hasn’t revealed who the members of the super-villain group will be, but if you recall when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released, movie-goers were to use the Shazam app on their phones during the end credits upon hearing the Alicia Keyes song “It’s On Again.” The app would identify the song and show a teaser video featuring equipment designs of potential members of the Sinister Six. The designs indicated that the Sinister Six would consist of Doctor Octopus , Green Goblin, Kraven the Hunter, Rhino, Vulture, and an unknown sixth that could be either Black Cat, Chameleon, or Mysterio. The image of the Goblin Glider and the rhino horn indicate that Dane DeHaan and Paul Giamitti would reprise their roles as Harry Osborne/Green Goblin and Aleski Sytsevich/Rhino, respectively.
Meanwhile, the The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was pushed back from its June 10, 2016 release date to some time in 2018. However, just because Sinister Six will come out before Amazing Spider-Man 3 doesn’t mean we won’t see we won’t see Andrew Garfield return as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. It’s entirely possible that Spider-Man could be featured in Sinister Six.
The move of Amazing Spider Man 3 comes on the heels of reports that Roberto Orici, one of the writers of the first two installments of The Amazing Spider-Man, was no longer involved with the franchise. Earlier in July, he stated that he “didn’t know” what Sony’s plans were for the franchise, fueling speculation on various Yahoo articles that Sony’s second incarnation of the Spider-Man franchise didn’t have enough left in the tank. This came months after Amazing Spider-Man 2 made $705 million world wide at the box office, but despite the $505 million profit, the film was considered “lackluster” compared to 2004’s Spider-Man 2, which made $783 million.
Both films were filmed on $200 million budgets.
Lost in all this news is the fate of the spin-off film featuring Spider-Man’s fan favorite villain, Venom. Could Venom be featured in Sinister Six or is Sony taking a wait-and-see approach on the spin-off? We’ll find out, depending on how well Sinister Six does at the box office.
Are you excited for Sinister Six? Are you disappointed about the delay on Amazing Spider-Man 3? Will it be enough to “save” Sony’s franchise or are we likely to see another Spider-Man series reboot? Post your thoughts below.