The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel may be bringing the Sinister Six to the MCU, marking out a villainous start to Marvel's Phase 4. Spider-Man 2 will spin straight out of the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4 and thus launch the post-finale age from the franchise. Naturally, given how secretive the team-up has been - and how far off the movie itself is - precious little is known about the movie; at most there are reports filming will take place in Europe, perhaps hinting that Peter Parker will become a foreign exchange student.
Whatever the case may be, fans are particularly interested in working out just who the film's villains will be. Spider-Man has one of the best rogues' galleries in the comic book industry, second only perhaps to Batman. What's more, the first film set up a wide range of potential enemies; how could they all come into play?
The answer, it seems, could be the Sinister Six!
This Page: The Sinister Six's Journey To The Big Screen
Who Are The Sinister Six?
In 1964, Stan Lee had a tremendous idea. He realized that he was developing a formidable rogues' gallery for Spider-Man and saw the potential mayhem for the wall-crawler if the bad guys teamed up. The first Amazing Spider-Man Annual introduced the Sinister Six, a dangerous team of all-star Big Bads assembled by Doctor Octopus. The original Six consisted of Doc Ock himself, Kraven the Hunter, the Sandman, Mysterio, Electro, and the Vulture. At the time, Spider-Man's powers were fluctuating dangerously, making matters worse for our friendly neighborhood web-head.
The Sinister Six have since reassembled many times, usually because of either Doctor Octopus or the Green Goblin. Sandman has proved their most reluctant member, sometimes blackmailed and forced to ally with the others. On several occasions, the assembled Sinister Six have actually come close to conquering the world; ironically, the Sandman is the one who has frequently undermined them by betraying them and working with Spider-Man.
Probably the most dangerous version of the team was formed in the pages of Marvel Knights: Spider-Man. This time around, Norman Osborn upped the ante by forming the so-called "Sinister Twelve." They forced Spider-Man and the Black Cat to break Osborn free from prison, but thankfully Spider-Man received back up from Captain America, Iron Man, Daredevil, Yellowjacket, and the Fantastic Four to even the odds.
Read More: A History Of The Sinister Six
Over the years, a large number of villains have worked as part of the Sinister Six. The latest version was formed by Miles Morales's uncle, Aaron Davis, who has taken up the identity of the Iron Spider. It consists of the Hobgoblin, a new (female) Electro, Sandman, the Spot, and an energy-manipulator known as Bombshell.
The Sinister Six's Long Journey to the Big Screen
Sony has long believed the Sinister Six could become a box office success to the point where the studio originally planned Sinister Six as their first Spider-Man spinoff; the villain roster comprised of the Green Goblin, the Rhino, Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, and an unknown sixth member. Drew Goddard was signed up as director and was trying to talk Tom Hardy into signing up as Sandman.
Unfortunately, Sony's long-term plans led to them shoe-horning setup into The Amazing Spider-Man 2. When that film failed to perform as intended - the Sinister Six subplots were frankly intrusive - the idea was left dead in the water. In early 2015, Marvel and Sony announced their revolutionary deal to bring Spider-Man into the MCU. Although Sony is still working on the spinoffs, Sinister Six appears to have been forgotten. Ironically, Hardy wound up joining Sony's Spider-villains films as the star of this year's Venom instead.
In 2015, Goddard explained that he envisioned Sinister Six as a sort of "summer annual" - a film that wouldn't be particularly continuity-heavy where Spider-Man just wound up thrown through the wringer. "It was a Spider-Man movie," he reflected sadly. "It was the Spider-Man movie of my dreams." Curiously enough, Goddard didn't view the Marvel/Sony deal as a death-blow for the film. "This is Hollywood, man," he added. "You've gotta play the long game." Maybe he's right.
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