Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker has plenty on his plate to deal with in this May's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, not least of all will be the various genetic experiments-gone wrong that emerge from the research facilities at Oscorp Industries.
Such trouble-making characters as Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Electro (Jamie Foxx) will be featured in the superhero movie sequel, though in recent weeks it's become increasingly obvious that the most crucial plot thread (no pun) - and thus the one that may be given the most screen time for development - is the renewed friendship-turned conflict between Peter and Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan).
That Harry gets transformed into a Green Goblin creature in Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a cat that's fully out of the bag now, as earlier today we posted a Sony-approved photo showing DeHaan in his Goblin mode, up close and personal. However, there are even more villainous characters being "introduced" in the film - like, for example, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, before he fully emerges from the shadows (possibly all Goblin-like himself) in Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2016.
EW's latest article on Amazing Spider-Man 2 offers the following insight, with regard to that matter:
“At the tail end of this movie we set up some of the other characters that will probably end up being in the Sinister Six,” says Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. “We’re going forward on all fronts.” (The studio hasn’t yet announced the exact makeup of its big-screen Sinister Six, but comic book fan Garfield says he personally digs Venom, Doc Ock, Vulture, and Kraven.)
Many a sharp-eyed fan has noticed that there is a shot contained within the first Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer that shows versions of Vulture's wings and Doc Oc's arms on display within the more secret facilities of Oscorp - a shot possibly taken from either the ending or mid-credits sequence for the Amazing Spider-Man sequel (hint, hint).
Sony announced development on a Sinister Six spinoff not too long after the initial Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer dropped, so the immediate connection to be made is that Vulture (who was originally supposed to debut in Sam Raimi's canceled Spider-Man 4) and Doc Oc will be among the players in said Spider-Man villain feature - with Norman Osborn and/or some of the other aforementioned super-powered non-heroes being eyed to join them.
As for the Harry/Goblin (again, no pun), DeHaan is a rising star and he could be used to anchor an upcoming installment in the series (like, in the case where Harry were to undergo a second transformation into Venom), but it depends on what the Harry Osborn character's ultimate fate is in the second chapter.
Within the same EW interview, Spider-Man franchise producer Avi Arad touched on the reasoning behind making a Sinister Six movie:
“Villains can be very entertaining. It’s not like somebody’s born and they’re a villain. Something happens and it changes their lives. Some people can deal with it — they become the heroes. Some people can’t and hate the world because of what they felt was done to them — they become the villains.”
Marvel Studios' success at bringing together so many superheroes under the same roof in The Avengers has inspired imitations from other studios (see: young/old versions of X-Men in this year's X-Men: Days of Future Past), but a villain teamup feature is another beast altogether. There's certain some risk involved, if only because there's no guarantee that moviegoers will turn out in large numbers to see a movie sold as being focused heavily on squabbling, egomaniacal, dangerous super-powered criminals.
On the other hand, it's the very uniqueness of that premise (with respect to more traditional comic book movies and the genre in general) that makes Sinister Six a project that could have an easier time standing out from the rest of the crowd.
We still have two Amazing Spider-Man movies to go before the Sinister Six roster has, in essence, been finalized for the spinoff film by screenwriter Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Cabin in the Woods), who may also direct. So, in the meantime, feel free to let us know what you think the final lineup will be (and/or who you want to see make the cut).
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May 2nd, 2014, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10th, 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 (or either Sinister Six or Venom) on May 4th, 2018.