Taking On the Sinister SixMay 6, 2014
With the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 alongside with being excited about the movie, thoughts are also about the future of the Spider-Man franchise. Luckily for us, the movie’s successful early releases in Germany and the UK inspired the producers to plan for spin-off movies, but not about other heroes; this time it’s about the villains.
Exectutive producer Matt Tolmach told sources that he realized that villains are awesome and complex characters, which led him to the decision to start two villain spins offs. Venom will be getting his own movie, as well as the Sinister six; the decision to make these spin-offs “Just kind of happened,” Tolmach said. Once the movie premiered, people responded well to the Green Goblin and Electro and it gave the producers the idea for the spin-offs.
Currently 4 out of 6 of the Sinister Six have been named, including characters Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Rhino, (Paul Giamatti) as well as Amazing Spiderman villain The Lizard (Rhys Ifans). Drew Goddard, director of Cabin in the Woods is on board to write and possibly direct the Sinister Six film.
The original Sinister Six, which consisted of villains Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and Sandman, appeared in 1964’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 and has since had many incarnations throughout the Marvel Universe. In the original, Doctor Octopus battles Spider-Man and after losing 3 times in a row, he contacts every known super villain Spider-Man ever knew to which 5 villains responded; thus the Sinister Six were born.
None of the villains wanted to deny themselves the honor of killing Spider-Man; instead they decided to face him individually and decided the order by random drawing. The Sinister Six first joined up to attack Spider-Man by kidnapping Aunt May and Betty Brandt, a Daily Bugle Secretary. Sticking to their agreement, the villains battle Spider-Man individually and are each defeated and thrown into jail.
In The Amazing Spider-Man #334-339 The Sinister Six return, breaking out of prison without Kraven the Hunter who sadly, committed suicide. The Sinister Six needed another villain to complete the group so they could keep their name. The villain to join the group was Hobgoblin, which is organized again by Doctor Octopus. He convinced the six they were joining together to defeat Spider-Man, however it was all a ruse to help Doctor Octopus take over the world. Upon discovering this, Sandman decides to reform and joins Spider-Man to help defeat the Sinister Six and foil Doctor Octopus’s plans.
As you imagine, this colorful group of villains pops in and out of the comics, changing characters, and still teaming up to defeat Spider-Man. It will be great to see a movie from the villain’s perspective. The media mainly focuses on the good guys and what they go through to become the heroes they are but this time we get to see what makes the villains tick and what it was that made them the way they are. Looking at that side of things is a new perspective that fans everywhere are looking forward to.
Sony is looking to “create a bigger universe around Spider-Man” and they’ll definitely be starting something big by giving the villains center stage. With the new Spider-Man movieverse consisting of The Amazing Spider-Man films and the reported Venom and Sinister Six spin-offs in the works, perhaps we’ll even see the universe expand so far as to include the webslinger in films such as The Avengers or Fantastic Four. For now, only time will tell.
This article was written for publication on the GCE by Jenni Sniffen