Along with an entire franchise disappearing in the blink of an eye, Sony left a lot of projects and Spider-Man spin-off movies on the cutting room floor when the deal with Marvel Studios was made. Now, for the most part, nobody really cared about Sony’s original plans falling away because we were finally going to see our friendly neighborhood web-crawler in the MCU, the universe he’s belonged in from the beginning. That was all that mattered.
However, one of Sony’s projects that actually had a lot going for it was Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six standalone film. While not much was known about the movie itself, it would be pitting Peter Parker (then played by Andrew Garfield) against six of his most dangerous onscreen foes, and would be a spin-off film from the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Nothing has been heard about the project since the Marvel/Sony deal though, and while Goddard was one of the rumored few to be involved in the Spider-Man movies – it doesn’t look like that ended up being true.
While speaking recently with io9, Goddard explained what his idea for the film was, and why it still might work even though Spider-Man is entering into the MCU. Read his full quote below:
“My vision of that movie was a summer annual. So you didn’t have to worry about continuity. It was just, ‘We take Peter, put him on an adventure, we put him back in his life.’ I intentionally wanted a movie that didn’t have to worry about mythology and continuity. It was important to me to make a movie that could stand on its own. So the good news is, you know, [laughs], it slots in very well to any plan anybody ever wants. We just need to let a couple years go by, I think.”
But it seems like Goddard is more-than-okay with his project possibly being put on hold for awhile, as he went on to share his excitement for the future of the Spider-Man films:
“The tricky part about all this is I love this plan. I love that you get to see Spider-Man in Marvel movies. I think that’s a great thing. I’m on board with that decision because as a fan that’s what I want. So who knows what the future holds? This is Hollywood, man, you’ve gotta play the long game.”
Most of the trepidation for the project came from fans worrying that six villains would just be too much onscreen. Would they have overshadowed the hero himself? According to Goddard – the film was always going to be about Spider-Man. No matter what.
“It was a Spider-Man movie. It was the giant, epic Spider-Man movie of my dreams.”
Drew Goddard has quickly become one of my favorite screenwriters in the industry right now, whether it be his masterful job creating Netflix’s Daredevil, his work with Joss Whedon on The Cabin in the Woods, or even his adaptation of The Martian this year – it seems like he’s one of the most unique voices in Hollywood. Which is a major reason why I was actually disappointed when Sinister Six was seemingly cancelled.
While the Amazing Spider-Man franchise didn’t do a good job at setting up the film itself really, I knew that Goddard would be able to make something unique and never seen before in the genre with Sinister Six, and judging by how he’s described it here – it sounds like it would have been just that. It seems unlikely that we’ll get to see it anytime soon, as Marvel works to establish their new Peter Parker (Tom Holland) first, but who knows? Maybe in a few years we’ll finally get to see it after all.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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