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Do you know what needs to happen? Sony needs to stage a massive presentation Ė Kevin Feige-style Ė and lay out its plan for Spider-Man on screen. Tell us who will be in Sinister Six (if itís actually happening). Tell us if Spider-Man is part of that story, and who might play him.
Do you think this is a tease for a Sinister Six movie? A third Amazing Spider-Man film? Or something totally different?
The Sony Pictures hack has already revealed that the top five contenders for the female leads in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot are Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, Lizzy Caplan and Jennifer Lawrence - but now new details are surfacing about the availabilities for male actors in the project.
Still, there are characters out there that can fit the bill. Spider-Man is one of the few characters that, in comics and film, has appealed heavily to women. There's a fanbase there, especially considering The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may not have reached a theatrical profit, but hit $700 million, reaching a really heavy number of eyeballs.
A bit unusual Sony is moving Spidey out of the summer Ė Thor: The Dark World proved there's superhero money to be made in the fourth quarter, but all five Spider-Man films have been in warm weather.
That... does not sound promising. Of course, the reason Orci hasn't been close with Sony lately is because he's prepping Star Trek 3. Ultimately, his input on a Spidey movie coming in 2016 or 2017 was always going to be limited, even though he and writing partner Alex Kurtzman were hired to write that third film.
Introduced in 1964, the first iteration of the Sinister Six consisted of such villains as Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman. Sam Raimi made good use of Sandman in his Spider-Man 3, though I donít see the character coming into Webbís new universe.
With Sinister Six and Venom movies planned in addition to more Amazing Spider-Man sequels, the big future plans for Sony's Spider-Man Cinematic Universe are very clear - but what remains a mystery is exactly when the studio will be releasing their titles and in what order.
The Sinister Six is being planned by Sony as the Spider-Man franchise's response to The Avengers, with the film's titular group consisting of six incredibly powerful villains who plot the death of the webslinger.
While the countdown still sits at 43 days until the film arrives in theaters nationwide, earlier this week I had the pleasure of getting a very special early look at the new blockbuster. Along with a cadre of other film journalists, I was invited to enter the Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Los Angeles, and not only did I get to watch a little over of 30 minutes of footage, but also participate in a question and answer session with Marc Webb.
The comic book movie world was changed forever when Marvel Studios released The Avengers in 2012. While studios had spent decades thinking that self-contained franchises for single superheroes was the best course of action, The Avengers box office proved that strategy isnít enough anymore and that audiences want to see massive, multi-picture interlocking series up on the big screen.
Discussing the Spidey films, he didnít drop any main bombshells, but Orci did reveal some of the connective tissue behind these movies. The biggest one seems to be that these films are basically going to have a hub of activity, and that hub will be Oscorp.
Looking at the cast list of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 it becomes clear that something is definitely brewing in the comic book movie series. Not only is Foxx playing Electro in the film, Chris Cooper is signed on to play Norman Osborn (the man who eventually becomes Green Goblin), and Paul Giamatti is also on-board to play Aleksei Sytsevich a.k.a. The Rhino.
"Iím a fan of The Sinister Six. Iíll say that," Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb tells us. "I think if you pay attention to the second movie, youíll see hints of whatís to come."