‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Interview: Jamie Foxx & Dane DeHaan Talk ‘Sinister Six’

Published 5 months ago by , Updated May 5th, 2014 at 6:47 pm,

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2 we bear witness to the birth of not one, but three Spider-Man villains: Electro (Jamie Foxx), Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). Unlike previous comic book movies, however, this time the villains aren’t just one-off foes for the hero to overcome; what we witness in the sequel is the beginning of a villainous collaboration that will continue into Amazing Spider-Man 3 and well beyond, culminating in the first and (so far) only supervillain team-up film, Sinister Six.

However, the road to that ambitious destination is an uncertain one. In trying to pull off a big supervillain team-up event film, Sony is already experiencing some of the same growing pains that Marvel Studios has felt; namely, trying to find that precarious balance between telling a self-contained cinematic story and serving a larger, multi-film universe. If the criticisms of Amazing Spider-Man 2 and our interviews with the cast and crew have revealed anything, it’s that Spidey and his Sinister Six foes still have a long way to go in finding that balance, with little room for error.

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[WARNING!!! Amazing Spider-Man 2 SPOILERS Follow!!!]

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In the film, Harry Osborn’s (Dane DeHaan) quest to save his own life results in him transforming into the Green Goblin, and luring Electro (Jamie Foxx) to serve as his henchman. When both villains are thwarted, Harry uses his connections to have an Oscorp battle suit (which is for some reason shaped like a Rhinoceros) given to Russian gangster Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti), thereby birthing the Rhino. If you can’t tell from the description, it’s a lot of villain origin to get through in one film, and each villain arguably gets shortchanged by the inclusion of the other two.

The fact that this problem occurs with just three villains makes one wonder: Can Amazing Spider-Man 3 establish the rest of the Sinister Six and still be a complete story – or will the Sinister Six movie be required to familiarize us with six characters at the expense of jumping right into a good crime drama? The answer is that with the right planning, sure, this could all work out – only problem is, right now it doesn’t sound like very much of that plan is solidly in place – at least at the actor level.

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Check out this snippet from our interview with Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan – which you can watch in full in the video above.

Screen Rant: I was thinking about it and you guys are now in a unique position; not just in the genre, but in movies in general. I couldn’t think of that many times, in movies as opposed to TV, where you get to develop a villain character over multiple installments instead of having to take it all in one go. Is that a challenge for you guys as actors?  I mean, some actors have trouble revisiting [character at all]…

Dane DeHaan: Yeah, look, I mean, neither of us knew what was going to come next after we made these movies. There was no real plan for the future. And I think what’s exciting is people are seeing these movies and they’re starting to not just be fans of Spider-Man, but they’re fans of the bad guys, too. Team Electro and the Osborn Army. There’s a lot of fandom coming out of thsis movie and it seems like there’s a future there. But I don’t know really what that is, but I can’t wait to find out.

DeHaan’s comments seem to indicate what many people have surmised from The Amazing Spider-Man 2: that these plans for villain spin-offs and such weren’t necessarily introduced from the very beginning.

While it’s not unusual for a studio and a film crew to focus on one installment at a time, we are now living in an age where superhero movie universes are being plotted out and executed with meticulous oversight and coordination. Marvel Studios has made plans until 2028  – but only learned how to properly plan in advances after taking hits on balancing story vs. universe-building in Phase One – and then, explaining solo character motivations in Phase Two. But if Captain America 2 is any indication, Marvel has learned from Marvel mistakes, and is now playing the game much smarter.

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The Sinister Six movie is being written and directed by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Cabin in the Woods, World War Z), which could be a good sign. Recent viral marketing has hinted as to the Sinister Six character lineup, but there are still a few specific questions to be answered (like, will it be Kraven the Hunter or Black Cat? And which character is represented by that weird mask in the viral vid?).

But once characters are in place, fans are going to start asking what they really have been asking since before Amazing Spider-Man 2 even hit theaters: What’s the plan to get us to this big payoff? And will the journey be worth the destination? Will Sinister Six be a milestone in the genre or just another film undone by the process of shared universe building? Only time will tell.

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  1. What a piece of trash movie nothing but hype amazing spiderman 2 was

  2. I had so many issues with this film. Rhino was supposed to be based on Soviet tanks, just so happens they use a Soviet thug. Electro I didn’t feel sorry for, him talking to his Spider Man was pathetic. Green Goblin I felt was too much to introduce father and son, son’s relationship to Peter and begin of transformation all in one movie. This movie isn’t as bad as some say, but coming after TWS, it’s easy for me at least to see why Spider Man isn’t included in the MCU.

    • Spidey isn’t included in the MCU because Marvel Studios does not own the Spider-man property. Fox does.

      • Sony*

      • Actually, Sony does, not Fox.

      • I know and understand who owns what properties, I’m on this site enough to know. What I meant was the writers if the SM movies aren’t on the same level as the maturity in the MCU. The grown tone in TWS matched the cheesy tone in this sequel (for me at least).

    • Well, Halberstram, that’s because it isn’t owned by Disney/Marvel.

    • The only ones I see mentioning Black Cat as a member of the Six are Screen Rant writers…everyone else seems to think that last image references Mysterio or Chameleon, which will probably be a combination of both. Dunno why they have such a hard on for her though (no pun).

    • You obviously don’t know Rhinos story, so the rest of your argument is now invalid, because you’re using misinformation.

  3. He may, or may not be dead. It didn’t feel conclusive to me, but it could just have been how the movie was made.

  4. there is a scene that was cut from the movie showing the head of Norman preserved in a lab somewhere. so the character is still not really “out” of the story.

  5. The thing that is bothering me most with all of this is why the hell is Black Cat being mentioned as a member of the Sinister Six. She has never been involved with the group so why make her a part of it in the movies?

    • black cat isnt even a true villain shean anti-heroine

    • She`s just another Catwomen to say the least, but I doubt her being a part of The S-Six is just rumors

      • maybe Felicia Hardy (Black Cat) is like Selina Kyle in “the Dark Knight Rises”, knowing how intense and complicated the situation will be Peter Parker needs help.

  6. My whole thought is why use an established/famous actor like Chris Cooper just for that small of a role? I would expect more coming from him in the future.

  7. I haven’t read the comic books, but is Electro still alive in the film after he gets “overloaded”?

    And I REALLY hope Kraven the Hunter is in Sony’s Sinister Six.

  8. I liked The Amazing Spiderman 2. I’m looking forward to seeing The Sinister six movie and The Amazing Spiderman 3. I see alot of potential for this franchise.

    The Black Cat fought with Spiderman not against him. I sure don’t remember her being in the Sinister six. As a matter of fact, I remember Spiderman defeating the Sinister six because he was wearing the venom symbiote, in the comics and TV.

  9. I don’t know what let me down more , the crack head looking green goblin , erector set rino or Jamie Fox just acting like Jamie Fox with blue makeup on . This movie was worth a rental but not a full price ticket … overdone cg or no overdone cg .

  10. If they absolutely have to use Mysterio as part of the Sinister Six he should facilitate a full-on attack on Spidey by either disguising all of the others or half of them, for instance, both Vulture and Green Goblin attack from above but one of them is camouflaged. The same could apply (even simultaneously) to Rhino and Electro, which would make it virtually impossible for Spidey to stand his ground or even get a clear reading on the situation – his Spidey would be of no avail whatsoever. And of course, Mysterio should be hidden away somewhere in order not to make it too easy for Spidey to just knock him out and thereby ‘break the spell’ (although, given the strength in numbers he’d be face with, that would only slightly improve his odds). In such a hopeless scenario Black Cat and possibly even Lizard could help out. Lizard vs. Rhino sounds just as awesome as Black Cat dodging Electro’s blasts while trying to get closer to him and maybe Doc Ock as well. Spidey could then focus on the two ‘flight risks’, outmaneuver them, blind one of them with his webs while hitching a temporary right on Vulture’s back, or something.

    Are the spinoffs taking place before TASM4, by the way?

    • *his Spidey sense

  11. I’m hoping the Sinister Six is made up of Doc Ock, Chameleon, Vulture, Kraven, Mysterio, and someone like Hydro instead of Sandman. I would say Carnage but I want him to have his own solo time in ASM4 or Venom. You can introduce Venom in ASM4…and he needs to be big and brutal but not a complete villain. He’s meant to be an anti-hero. I think the best timeline would be ASM3(introducing Venom who’s the main antagonist but make it clear that he’s not completely evil), Sinister Six, ASM4(Carnage), Venom solo film..it would be cool to incorporate the lethal protector stuff in it…I think Venom could pretty much be a franchise to himself that at times interconnects with ASM.

  12. Amazing Spiderman 2 was good but had its faults.Its not as good as Captain America The Winter Soldier but it was still o.k.For this movie to have been great it would have had to be 4 hours long.Just to give each villain enough screen time to have some good character development.That or take out 2 villains on focus on one.The movie dragged then rushed to conclude.Just was funny how after Electro was defeated that Green Goblin sppeared.he should of been in the back watching and piecing together the relationship between Gwen and Spiderman.The movie seemed to be a love story but that was put in there to build emotion.

    The acting was ok for what was there,it was a bit cheesy but that’s the point.It was done like how comics were written back in the day.

  13. Yo, Kofi, you a big dude.

  14. I love super-hero films, but my excitement level for this whole Sinsiter Six plan is pretty much non-existent. The main reason the Avengers was such a huge success is becasue Marvel made individual films for most of the characters before jumping into the Avengers so people already knew the characters going into the team up film. Its an approach that requires patience, but the pay off’s are HUGE. It allows the studio to backload most of the character development to the individual films, which allows the writer/director of the big team up film to jump right into the main story, without having to worry about back story or exposition. Most importantly, people have to like the characters for the team up films to be a success and this is another reason why Avengers was such a huge success. For the most people, people really liked the casting choices for these characters.

    Not only has the Amazing Spider-Man has been thoroughly underwhemling thus far, I didn’t care for the casting of the villians much at all in Amazing Spider-Man 2. Electro in partiuclar was laughable in my opinion. So Sony’s foundation for the upcoming Sinsiter Six is already HEAVILY flawed in my book. Not all of Marvel’s films have been great films, but the one thing they have done better than any other film company producing super hero films is building a quality foundation for a unified super hero universe, which when you stop and think about it is really the single most important aspect to creating these kinds of larger team up films. Marvel has meticulously planned out its MCU and the results speak for themselves. This whole Sinister Six plan just reeks of a Sony cash grab. Since Marvel has done it and DC is now planning on doing it with Justice League, Sony feels like they should be doing it as well. Basically, the idea came out of what others are doing, not from Sony actually having a great idea on doing it themselves. In my opionion, even DC is going about it all wrong as they should have developed a stand alone Wonder Woman film, a stand alone Flash films, and rebooted Green Lantern before they jumped into a large team up film. Marvel has basically laid out the perfect blue print for the modern super hero film and a unified super hero universe. Sony managment and DC managment have to be complete morons at this point to ignore that blueprint.

    I will still go see Sinister Six, but I am not epxecting anything great from it. Sony just doesnt seem to have a grasp on what they are doing, even with the indiividual films so why would I expect anything different with the far more complex team up films. This is one area where I feel Sony is definitely out of thier league.