If you were a little underwhelmed with Venom's presence in Spider-Man 3 - strangely enough he wasn't even called by that name during his brief 20-minute segment - then you might be interested to know that Sony is planning to expand the Spider-Man franchise with two spinoff movies, one being Venom, the other, The Sinister Six.
The news was uncovered on ElectroArrives.com, the promotional website for the Amazing Spider-Man 2, where Sony revealed the hiring of screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Jeff Pinkner, Roberto Orci, Ed Solomon and Drew Goddard. According to Sony, they will create a "franchise brain trust" with director Marc Webb and producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer offers us a glimpse at the potential beginning stages of a Sinister Six formation, with the Vulture's wing suit and Dr. Octopus' mechanical arms sitting side by side in a lab.
“The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets,” Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad said on the website's press release. “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 the uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films.”
The Spider-Man movies are Columbia's most successful franchise, and have grossed a combined $3.2 billion worldwide.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2, 2014. It stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field and Chris Cooper.