Studios got a bit ahead of themselves in attempting to recreate Marvel’s success with their shared universe. It’s not as easy as green-lighting a bunch of similar films, which Universal learned with their now-defunct “Dark Universe” and Warner Bros. with their messy DC adaptations once headed by Zack Snyder. Sony also got themselves in a bit of trouble moving too quickly with plans to build out Spider-Man’s universe (they also made the mistake of hiring Alex Kurtzman to oversee the films), which all came to a screeching halt after the lackluster performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Prior to its release, the studio has plans for several films, including the much-anticipated first appearance of the Sinister Six. Us horror fans were elated by the director choice: Drew Goddard, who not only write Cloverfield, but also directed the beloved The Cabin in the Woods. Unfortunately, after the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Sony making a deal with Marvel Studios for the Spider-Man character, everything was scrapped for a new beginning.
Now, the unlikely success of Venom has reignited a fire over at Sony. Instead of getting ahead of themselves, they’ve been pacing and taking their time in developing out this “new” version of a darker universe. Morbius is set to go into production next year and work has begun on both Kraven: The Hunter and a sequel to Venom, which will feature Carnage. Interestingly, Sony could revisit Goddard’s Sinister Six screenplay.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Sony producer Amy Pascal openly expressed her desire to revisit the project, if Goddard were interested.
“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,” she said.
As the magazine notes, Goddard had left the door open as early as this past October. In fact, horror fans would love how he described the project: “The punk rock mentality that led to Cabin [in the Woods] is very much at the core of Sinister Six.”
The original six included Doctor Octopus, Only Electro, Kraven the Hunter, the original Mysterio, Sandman, and Vulture.