Filmmaker Drew Goddard has already been in the Sinister Six mix since late last year, so it should come as little surprise that he’s now been tapped to direct the villain-centric film he’s been writing for Sony since December.
Back in mid-December, Sony announced a mess of detailed plans for its expanding superhero universe, including the news that Goddard (best known for The Cabin in the Woods, another film concerned with the machinations of various villians) was writing the screenplay for The Sinister Six “with an eye to direct.” Additionally, the studio announced at that time that Goddard would be collaborating with other big names, like Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, and Ed Solomon, on their own Sony superhero films (from The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to Venom) to help craft a coherent and coalesced big screen “franchise brain” (basically, they want to tie all those films together in a studied way).
Goddard’s importance to the world of Spider-Man, Sony, and the Sinister Six hasn’t been in question since then, so the news that he is “nearing a deal” to direct the film seems fairly obvious. THR reports that Sony and Goddard are currently hashing out the directing side of the filmmaker’s deal, and it seems safe to assume that this one will come together quite quickly.
The Sinister Six feature will focus on some of Spider-Man’s biggest foes, and its comic book roots have included versions that saw such big names as Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, Vulture, and Kraven the Hunter teaming up for some major mayhem.
As of now, it’s unknown which of these characters (if any) will comprise the cinematic Sinister Six, but THR reminds us that Doctor Octopus already played a role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, while both Sandman and Venom popped up in Spider-Man 3. The next Spidey film, Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, will see baddies like the Rhino, Electro, and the Green Goblin terrorizing the webhead. Although their possible involvement has not been announced, Webb has made it clear that his film is very concerned with chronicling the progression of its various villains, especially Electro, who is being played by Jamie Foxx. It wouldn’t be shocking (or even jolting?) if he made the leap to starring role in the Sinister Six feature.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will open on May 2.
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