Spider-Man's foes are getting their moment in the spotlight!
Sony has announced plans to expand the Spider-Man universe with a Venom movie (the villainous alien life form that latches onto a host for survival) and a Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Vulture, Hobgoblin and Mysterio) project in the works.
The studio has assembled a "franchise brain trust" with producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, director Marc Webb, and writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard.
"This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,'" Arad and Tolmach jointly said, in a statement. "With more than 50 years' wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man universe is truly boundless; in addition, the Spider-Man comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, but with this move, we have the opportunity to grow the franchise by looking to the future as we develop a continuous arc for the story. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we're excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world."
Series star Andrew Garfield will play the web-slinger through "The Amazing Spider-Man 3," and Sony has announced plans for a fourth Spidey movie, but Andrew's involvement has yet to be announced in the fourth film or the villain spinoffs.
-- Jesse Spero
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