Will ‘Sinister Six’ Hit Theaters Before ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′?

Published 10 months ago by , Updated June 13th, 2014 at 2:38 pm,

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Sony’s plans for its Spider-Man cinematic franchise include releasing two more regular installments, along with a pair of spinoffs, over the course of the next four years or so. Amazing Spider-Man 3 was tentatively set for a 2016 release date last year, but now the rumor is circulating that the next straightforward chapter in the Amazing Spider-Man iteration of the Peter Parker story, may instead arrive in 2017 – with its spot in 2016 possibly being taken by Sinister Six, the previously-announced spinoff revolving around a team of half a dozen Spider-Man villains.

Obviously, we ought to sprinkle a dash of salt on this rumor before anything else. That said, it was recently reported that production on Sinister Six may start in January 2015, suggesting a 2016 release date target; along similar lines, just three weeks ago Drew Goddard withdrew as the show runner for Marvel Studios’ Daredevil series, in order to concentrate his efforts instead on Sinister Six (which he’s both writing and directing). Reading between the lines, it’s possible that Sony has changed course a bit with its Spider-Man movie release schedule – and thus, Sinister Six has been upgraded to the next big priority, forcing Goddard to drop Daredevil.

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AICN dropped the Amazing Spider-Man 3 rumor during its report on the potential WB/DC movie schedule that made waves yesterday, claiming that such shared universe crossovers as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League have been bumped ahead of a straightforward franchise installment like Man of Steel 2. The accuracy of said lineup remains to be determined, but in the past we’ve heard things – like how WB/DC probably won’t replicate Marvel Studios’ approach to building a superhero universe – that suggest this schedule may, at least, be partly correct. Point being, it’s feasible that Sony has likewise re-evaluated its plan to construct a movie universe Marvel Studios-style, where it concerns Spider-Man.

Why would Sony do that? Well, for one, Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently the lowest-grossing Spider-Man film and received the overall worst critical reception for a Spidey movie to date; even in my positive review, I acknowledged that the shared universe material weakened the Amazing Spider-Man sequel. That is to say, a change in tactics on that front could be a smart move, as a way to re-invigorate the general public’s interest in seeing the Spider-Man film series continue. Jumping right into Sinister Six – rather than attempting to fit more villain origin subplots into the larger Peter Parker narrative for Amazing Spider-Man 3 first – may benefit both movies, while also feeling like a fresher move, at this stage in Hollywood’s superhero game.

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Andrew Garfield and ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ director Marc Webb

Finally, there’ve been signs that Amazing Spider-Man 3 might be so far long in development as would be desirable right now. During out interview last month with Amazing Spider-Man series director Marc Webb, the filmmaker admitted that Amazing Spider-Man 3 doesn’t even have a theme yet – and seeing how TASM3 co-writer Roberto Orci has a lot on his plate right now (namely, co-writing and directing the next Star Trek movie), more breathing room on the next Spider-Man film might be welcomed, by all concerned parties. Furthermore, as noted in a report by Spider Man News, Webb’s deal with 20th Century Fox could require him to direct a movie for them, before he can move forward with TASM3 for Sony.

Of course, even if this rumor is true and Sinister Six arrives before Amazing Spider-Man 3, this strategy isn’t at all guaranteed to work in Sony’s favor. There’s still a good deal of doubt surrounding the prospect of a Sinister Six movie; not just in terms of its bankability, but with regard to how Spider-Man would fit into the story (and how Peter Parker actor Andrew Garfield’s contract with Sony might affect that). Nonetheless, if this particular shared movie universe is going to work, then it might help to mix things up a little with the building process.


For now, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 remains scheduled to hit theaters on June 10th, 2016. We’ll let you know when Sinister Six gets an official release date.

Source: AICN, Spider Man News

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  1. I think it’s time to wrap this thing up. It’s become a little tiresome to see spidey so often. Like others have said, wrap it up with part 3 and give it back to Marvel/Disney. I would hope for less origin stories and perhaps have home a little older. Also, having the spidey franchise lie dormant for a few years would not be a bad idea.

    • you don’t need to give back the license to do that. I think they can just not make a movie for 10 years before it expires, then make one at 9 years after the last.

      What they should do is consider making R-rated versions instead of PG-13, say an R-trilogy, then a PG13-trilogy, alternating each decade.

    • I agree. Wrap things up and let the rights go back to Marvel. Then when the time is right, introduce a bran new iteration of the character into the MCU (without telling the origin story again).

  2. What Sony should have done was to buy Daredevil from FOX, to have a “New York City universe” based Marvel… with Daredevil and Spiderman, they could have built a shared universe properly…

  3. with the performance of tasm 2 i seriously doubt that sinister six is going to move forward.

  4. First off, Great article, Sandy. I for one am excited about the Sinister Six movie. I agree completely, that by doing an origin film for them (via spinoff) that means you don’t have to deal with their origins in ASM3. Can’t wait for it. I wonder, though, will they have enough time to deal with the Harry/Goblin arc in ASM3 if the focus the Sinister Six as villains?

    On a side note, I checked out ASM2 and everything you guys said about it on the podcast was on the money. It’s a shame that they rushed the Goblin subplot, because they didn’t need to rush Harry into Goblin to set-up Sinister Six. All they had to do is make Harry’s condition worsen, and have him decide to set up a team towards the very end(He could have decided to just kill Spiderman and harvest his blood to cure himself. He would then put together the six, as a normal team wouldn’t be able to take on Spiderman). I did, however, like that they gave the Goblin suit a purpose(the healing tech) as opposed to just armor.


  5. Winter Soldier causes this to fail. People are so bored with spider-man. That is so true. I don’t waste my money on this flick. Garfield suck as Parker.

    Sony won’t sell the rights to Marvel. Never. After this rebooted universe there will be another reboot for the next generation after that, and after that, and after that…

    • When Sony selects Garfield to play peter parker and spider-man and then selects Marc webbs as the director, you know that Sony did that just so they can cash it all up and not lose the rights to the character. Glad I am not the only one on here who thinks garfield is a terrible choice for the role.

  6. Marvel’s Peter Parker is Spencer Treat Clark, a star in Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing (2012). Much like Millar piggybacked one of his films for Sony, Whedon will do the same for Marvel Studios.

  7. Here is an idea,why not let a comic book writer write the script? Say,hey,we want to make a great movie first,an event movie second? Let the people who understand the material best handle story and characters? Spider-Man is popular because of comic books,not the movies,a 40 year track record,not bad.Spider-Man 2 was the only movie worth watching,it closely felt like reading the comic,nothing excessive.

  8. I happen to disagree: if they do Sinister Six right away it would only be detrimental to the film as we only have four established villains and one has only a 50/50 chance of being in the Sinister Six: so we’d have to establish 33.3-50% of the team, their motives for both crime and wanting to be on this team, their personality, their origins and fit this all into what should be an action-packed superhero blockbuster. My advice, put Sinister Six off until we have all six candidates in a standalone movie, then bing them together.

  9. I think it’s just right to extend the release of Spiderman 3 since we all know that Spiderman 2 wasn’t as great as everybody expected it to be. Nevertheless, I’ve read from an article about having a female lead together with spidey in the upcoming spiderman 3, which would really be a twist in the spiderman universe hoping it would click for the viewers.

    To know more about the possible leads, just click the link below! :)