Once upon a time, in 2013, Sony was really optimistic about its Spider-Man license. So much so that it intended expand its recent rebooted Amazing Spider-Man franchise into spin-offs starring Venom and the Sinister Six. But then Amazing Spider-Man 2 disappointed with the critics and at the box office, and those spinoffs were presumed dead.
This year’s Venom film proves that Sony still wanted to make that spin-off, and a recent article in Vanity Fair proves that Sinister Six isn’t dead either.
The article is essentially a victory lap celebrating Sony’s recent successes with its Spider-Man films: their partnership with Marvel, the surprising success of Venom, and the good buzz around Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. But deep in the article, the topic of Sinister Six comes up. Producer Amy Pascal states that reason why we have yet to see the film is not due to the failure of Amazing Spider-Man 2, but rather due to writer/director Drew Goddard, who was charged with bringing the concept to the big screen, and his busy schedule:
“I’m just waiting for Drew to be ready to direct it. I would do anything with Drew Goddard. I’m just waiting for him to tell me he wants to.”
For what it’s worth Goddard didn’t seemed opposed to doing a Sinister Six film when The Hollywood Reporter spoke with him on the publicity tour for Bad Times at the El Royale. However, it still might be a ways away, depending on whether or not his X-Force film survives the Disney/Fox merger, that film would likely take precedence on Goddard’s schedule.