Spider-Man Spin-Off Updates: The Latest on ‘Venom’ and ‘Sinister Six’

By September 10, 2014
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These aren’t huge updates, but there hasn’t been much info released about either of the upcoming spin-offs to The Amazing Spider-Man lately, and I wanted to make sure you guys are all caught up in case you’re really interested in how Sony decides to move forward with this franchise.

I thought The Amazing Spider-Man was an unnecessary but fine reboot, and early word from the sequel sounded promising. But I actually didn’t even bother to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it came out because tons of people I trust told me it was terrible, and the declining box office receipts indicated that I wasn’t the only one who decided to sit it out. The spin-offs, though…that’s a different story. Do I think they’ll be great? That remains to be seen. But Sony moving ahead with a Sinister Six movie is sort of fascinating to me, and a Venom spin-off has been in the works for years, so I’m interested to see how that one turns out as well.

Let’s talk about The Sinister Six first. Andrew Garfield is in Toronto promoting a new movie called 99 Homes at TIFF, and he told The Toronto Sun the following:

I know more than I’m allowed to say right now. I can say I’m really excited about Drew Goddard, who’s going to be writing and directing The Sinister Six movie. And whether I’m involved in that or not is kind of immaterial. I don’t know if I should say anything right now. But Drew is really exciting.

So…the guy playing Spider-Man thinks it’s immaterial if he’s in a Spider-Man spin-off movie about Spidey’s greatest villains. That seems to indicate that if he’s in the movie at all, he’ll have a very small role. But what will be the uniting force behind these guys banding together if not to crush ol’ webhead? Now I’m really interested to see what happens with this one – and Garfield is right about Goddard being an exciting director, so I suppose I’ll have to give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

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Moving on to Venom, director Alex Kurtzman spoke with MTV about what we can expect tonally from that film:

The idea is that you can do things with Venom that you can’t do with Spider-Man…Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed. He’s a much darker character.

So will he be a straight up villain in the film? We’re not even sure which Spider-Man universe character will end up being in that symbiote suit in that film, so it’s still wide open with where this one could go.

The Sinister Six opens in theaters on November 11th, 2016, and there’s no official release date set yet for Venom.

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  • Everett C Milligan

    I keep thinking movie goers will eventually get tired of the spinoffs and new character. So far it hasn’t happened.