With Sony Pictures looking to expand their Spider-verse, it was confirmed a few months back that not only will there be The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 but there will be two villain-centric spin-off films, The Sinister Six and Venom. Now, speaking to SFX, producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad has been providing a few updates on these Spidey spin-offs.
On how the villain-focussed films will work, the producer said, “Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at. At the same, it’s an awesome challenge because some of the greatest characters are in fact villains, and how you construct that is so much fun. People love those bad characters if they’re good bad characters, and love to watch them. And nobody’s all good, nobody’s all bad, and so where we end up with that story, I think, is a really awesome challenge, and we all smile when we think about what you can do. It’s definitely a badass group of people and I think it’s going to be a ton of fun to watch them.”
Discussing the complexity of these villainous characters, the legendary Avi Arad added, “With Marvel characters, the villains are victims of circumstance. If you look at our villains, none of them were born like that. Our villains are nice and complex and in the world of film writing you can play with that, you can make some wonderful things out of it. The Spider-Man universe has amazing villains, they are all character driven. Our villains all represent a different side of the misunderstood, and some of them unfortunately turned to the dark side. Venom happened to be a phenomenal character. With Eddie Brock, or if you do Flash Thompson, it doesn’t matter who is going to be inside the suit – what’s important is that a man like him is going to realise there comes a time when you wake up in the morning and say ‘How did I get here? There must be a better way.'”
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon are currently penning Venom, which will be directed by Kurtzman, whilst The Cabin in the Woods‘ Drew Goddard will write and direct The Sinister Six.