By Daniel WolfEditor-in-Chief
The Amazing Spider-Man is set to hit theaters this week and for all the talk about how good this reboot will be or how much money it might make in the states, there is a bigger idea that seems like it's about to be set in motion with the release of this film.
Producers of the movie, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, had a chance to talk about future plans for Sony's Spider-Man franchise and it seems they are looking at going after a similar movie model that's been a huge success for Marvel Studios and their ensemble movie, The Avengers.
"Do you feel like you need to stay away from some of the villains that have appeared in the Sam Raimi movies? Or can you redefine them within the context of this new Spider-Man?
Arad: Well, not really. There are so many ways to paint these villains, all of them. As you know, one of the great sagas in the Spider-Man universe is of course the Sinister Six. I think 'Avengers' did okay the last time I looked.
Tolmach: It's going to be okay.
Arad: Yeah, it will survive.
So are you suggesting you're going to do five Spider-Man movies introducing each villain and then the sixth movie will have the Sinister Six?
Tolmach: It seems like a good model.
Arad: It all depends on the stories that one wants to tell, because Spider-Man is really more a depth kind of a story, we have to be careful how many villains we can service, because a relationship with a villain has to be such that it's a story on his own. We attempted to do multiple villains—you've been there—you just need screen time to do it.
Does Sony have the rights to Kingpin? That was a great Spider-Man villain until Frank Miller took him for his run on Daredevil and he became known more as a Daredevil villain, appearing in that movie.
Arad: Believe it or not, Kingpin was on loan to Daredevil, so again, anything that is part of the Spider-Man Universe or introduced in the Spider-Man Universe—without getting too legal beagle here—is an opportunity, and if we have a story that Kingpin is important, I'm sure we can handle that."
So first there are rumors saying a solo Venom movie could tie into a future Spider-Man film and now this? Could be interesting only if done right and Sony can only hope to catch lightning in a bottle as Marvel Studios has done with their solo and ensemble films.
More stories on Spider-Man:
The Amazing Spider-Man New Clip: 2 Things We Learned About Oscorp - SPOILERS