The last month has brought some troubling updates on the future of the Amazing Spider-Man movie property. Both Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman – two members of the “brain trust” announced by Sony for future Amazing Spider-Man installments and/or spinoffs – recently admitted that they’re uncertain about the current game plan, especially when it concerns Amazing Spider-Man 3. In the meantime, we’ve speculated that Sinister Six will be the next Spider-Man film to hit theaters – and that could still prove to be true. The rumor mill, however, is suggesting otherwise.
Orci is currently putting together a script for the next Star Trek film (which he’s expected to direct), while last week Kurtzman said that “front and center” on his list of priorities is getting Universal’s rebooted monsters universe off the ground – but he also mentioned that he’s been working alongside Drew Goddard on Sinister Six. However, in the site’s report on Kurtzman’s comments, Badass Digest‘s Devin Faraci wrote that “every day that passes I hear more and more scuttlebutt that makes me think ‘Sinister Six’ is dead or dying.”
Similarly, the famous (or infamous, whichever you prefer) “scooper” El Mayimbe recently made waves when he posted the following, self-explanatory Tweet:
RIP SINISTER SIX— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) July 19, 2014
Now, before we go too far down this rabbit hole, let’s back up and look at the “evidence” that Sinister Six has not, in fact, been cancelled, nor is it likely to be in the near future. For starters, we heard that Sinister Six will begin production in January 2015 even before Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released in theaters. Taking more recent information under consideration, this suggests that the Spider-Man supervillain team-up movie may’ve always been the film meant to take that 2016 release date that we assumed was intended for Amazing Spider-Man 3 – something that explains why the latter project doesn’t appear to be making a whole lot of progress forward right now.
Goddard, who is serving as the writer/director on Sinister Six, officially stepped down as show-runner for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Daredevil Netflix series back in May. It’s possible Sony has decided to move forward with Sinister Six sooner than expected, which is why Goddard dropped Daredevil – he needed to focus on getting the Spider-Man villain spinoff ready to go earlier than he’d originally anticipated. Things might be different now if, over the months since then, Sony’s original Amazing Spider-Man franchise plan has become (as Badass Digest‘s article put it) “essentially DOA” – a real tough break for Goddard, if true.
Again, it’s probably best to hold off on calling Sinister Six‘s premature death just yet; what does seem a given, however, is that Sony is indeed re-evaluating its Spider-Man movie strategy. Amazing Spider-Man 2 has grossed around $705 million worldwide in theaters, which is a great number, but a noticeable drop-off from its predecessor and a lower turnout than both the recent X-Men and Captain America film installments – minus the strong word of mouth that those movies earned – so some re-thinking on Sony’s part is in order.
For now, Sony is still claiming a June 10th, 2016 release date spot for some movie set in the Amazing Spider-Man universe, be it Sinister Six or Amazing Spider-Man 3. We’ll let you know more when we do.