Superheroes now dominate the multiplex, but Sony Pictures only has one major character: Spider-Man.¬† Thankfully, he’s one of the biggest, and he’s got a colorful gallery of supporting characters.¬† While The Amazing Spider-Man franchise could be building to the wallcrawler facing off against the supervillain group Sinister Six, the new Spidey movies are only coming out once every two years.¬† Other studios with more characters are trying to force out one every year, or in Marvel’s case, two per year.¬† In order to stay competitive, Sony might start digging into Spider-Man’s supporting cast.
Hit the jump for more.¬† The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014¬† The Amazing Spider-Man 3 opens June 10, 2016, and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 opens May 4, 2018.
According to The Wrap, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal told investors “We are going to access Marvel‚Äôs full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains,” earlier today.
The name that should be ringing in your head right now is Venom.¬† He’s popular among fanboys, and he’s got Spider-Man’s powers and then some.¬† In the comics, the alien symbiote suit can be summoned at any time, makes host Eddie Brock bigger, stronger, and provides him with an overabundance of slobber.¬† The character was introduced through Spider-Man (Peter Parker had the symbiote first but shunned it, so it found a new host with rival photographer Brock), but there may not be time or space to provide the introduction in The Amazing Spider-Man movies.
Another likely candidate could be the cat burglar Black Cat, who may or may not be in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.¬† She doesn’t have any superpowers, but if the character does turn out to be in the sequel and audiences find her endearing, it could be enough to get her a spin-off.
Sony’s decision to keep pumping Spider-Man movies into the multiplex makes sense, but they’ll have to be cautious when it comes to expanding his universe while he swings elsewhere.