The Avengers Effect – Venom & Sinister Six Spider-Man Spin-Offs Announced


Sony has revealed plans to expand its Spider-Man franchise to incorporate other Marvel comic-book characters. In addition to the franchise’s web-slinging hero, villains Venom and The Sinister Six are now set to star in their own spin-off movies.

Alongside franchise newcomer Ed Solomon, Amazing Spider-Man 2 writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will write the script for Venom, with Kurtzman directing, and spidey co-writer Jeff Pinkner collaborating to oversee the story’s development over several films as part of a “franchise brain trust”.

According to Sony, this group of creatives, which also includes newcomer Drew Goddard as well as Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, will work together “to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films.”

Drew Goddard, who previously directed Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin In The Woods, is set to write and possibly direct the Sinister Six film, in addition to acting as showrunner on Marvel’s 2015 Daredevil series, which will be distributed via Netflix.

sinister-six-500x500Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner will also be returning to write The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Between them, the members of the so-called “brain trust” have plenty of experience of working on big blockbuster franchises, with Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner having worked on Star Trek and Transformers movies, while Solomon wrote Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Men In Black.

Said Doug Belgard, President of Columbia Pictures:

“The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films.”

According to IGN, the news is being seen in the broader context of an “Avengers Effect“, whereby the massive success of the Avengers movie has led to the expansion of several other superhero film franchises. Examples of this include Warner Bros.‘ recent announcement that Wonder Woman will feature in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, and 20th Century Fox‘s development of a shared universe for its X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. Meanwhile, Sony’s decision to focus on villains’ backstories rather than incorporating additional heroes seems to follow Disney‘s lead with films like Maleficent, Wreck-It Ralph and the recently announced Disney Channel series, The Descendants.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released on 18th April 2014. Dates have yet to be confirmed for other Spider-Man spin-offs and sequels.

Sources: IGN | Variety | TG Daily

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