Tom Holland's Spider-Man may still yet cross paths with the Sinister Six based on a recent hint by one of the franchise's producers. Sony has long had dreams of building their own shared universe using the Marvel characters they own the rights too. Those plans were rebooted along with Spider-Man to bring him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his solo films have quickly established a robust rogues gallery that could one day join forces to become the Sinister Six and fight Peter Parker together.
The foundation for the team started in Spider-Man: Homecoming, as Vulture (Michael Keaton), Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine), The Tinkerer (Michael Chernus), Prowler (Donald Glover), and Scorpion (Michael Mando) were all introduced. Then in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the MCU was introduced to Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). And, it's no secret that Sony wants to bring the Sinister Six to the screen, as they have Drew Goddard still attached to write and direct the villain-focused film. While the status of Sinister Six is unclear, it sounds like Sony still has plans to bring them into the Spider-Man franchise.
On the Spider-Man: Far From Home Blu-Ray special features, producer Amy Pascal mentions how the universe building already done may be part of the build-up to Sinister Six. She says, "All of these villains that we now have in our universe happen to be characters that are in the Sinister Six. There may be something that happens with that." In the comics, only Vulture and Mysterio are founding members of the team, but Shocker and Scorpion have been on various iterations.
With Vulture, Mysterio, Shocker, and Scorpion in tow, then the Spider-Man franchise is not too far away from having the number of villains needed to form the team. There's plenty of speculation that Spider-Man 3 could include original Sinister Six member Kraven the Hunter as its main villain, and possibly even introduce Norman Osborn. If that's the case, then some of Spidey's biggest foes could then assemble to form the Sinister Six.
While this lineup would be different than the first team in the comics, the MCU is known for taking liberties with aspects of Marvel history. This may be a larger priority with the first iteration of Sinister Six as Doc Ock, Elector, and Sandman have already been done before in prior Spider-Man franchises. Introducing new villains has been a focus for this current franchise, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Shocker, Scorpion, and someone else take their places.
If the Sinister Six are on the way, it's not clear when they'll form. It's possible that it could happen as soon as Spider-Man 3, while Marvel and Sony may also wait to see if it could be done in a later film - should the current deal be extended again. If not, then Sony could look to use it as an event moment in their own shared universe. In either case, whether or not Goddard's Sinister Six film factors into these plans is unknown. This tease from Pascal though does hint that some rough plan might be in place, so hopefully we'll learn sooner than later what future (if any) the Sinister Six have.
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