Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach recently spoke to the folks at SHH, and during the interview they revealed their affection for the Sinister Six:
SHH: Do you feel like you need to stay away from some of the villains that have appeared in the Sam Raimi movies? Or can you redefine them within the context of this new Spider-Man?
Arad: Well, not really. There are so many ways to paint these villains, all of them. As you know, one of the great sagas in the Spider-Man universe is of course the Sinister Six. I think Avengers did okay the last time I looked.
Tolmach: It’s going to be okay.
Arad: Yeah, it will survive.
SHH: So are you suggesting you’re going to do five Spider-Man movies introducing each villain and then the sixth movie will have the Sinister Six?
Tolmach: It seems like a good model.
Arad: It all depends on the stories that one wants to tell, because Spider-Man is really more a depth kind of a story, we have to be careful how many villains we can service, because a relationship with a villain has to be such that it’s a story on his own. We attempted to do multiple villains–you’ve been there–you just need screen time to do it.
For those unaware, the Sinister Six is a group of supervillains from the comics led by Doctor Octopus that was comprised of Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and Sandman. Doc Ock also sent invitations to Green Goblin, Doctor Doom, and the Lizard, but they turned him down (poor Ock). Tolmach and Arad are in no way confirming that the Sinister Six is their definite plan for the franchise, but it’s certainly an exciting prospect. The whole “six film” idea seems to suggest that Garfield’s Spidey would be facing an arc different than that of his parents’ disappearance in a second trilogy, with the sixth film bringing back a number of villains from the previous movies.
Obviously everyone has Avengers on the brain, but it’d be great to see a culmination of past villains in a later Spider-Man film. The tag at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man was frustratingly ambiguous as to who the direct sequel’s villain might be, but Norman Osborn can’t be far off.
Hit the comments to sound off on who you think the next film’s villain should be, and if the late/haphazard omission of Spidey’s origin affected your viewing experience of The Amazing Spider-Man. We’ll surely be discussing the film in great detail (and with great debate) on next week’s edition of our podcast The Collision, so be sure to check back.