Producers Discuss “Venom” And “Sinister Six” Spin-offs

March 13, 20140 Comments

A couple months ago, Sony Pictures revealed that Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, Drew Goddard and Marc Webb were working together in order to expand the “Spider-Man” cinematic universe with Sinister Six and Venom spin-offs. Sony has attached Kurtzman, Orci and Solomon to write the Venom script, with Kurtzman on board to direct. Meanwhile The Sinister Six project will be written and directed by Cabin In The Woods helmer, Drew Goddard.

In the following interview with SFX, producer Matt Tolmach addresses the challenge of making a film centering on numerous villains.

“It’s a challenge in every sense. Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at. At the same time it’s an awesome challenge, because some of the greatest characters are in fact villains, and how you construct that is so much fun. People love those bad characters if they’re good bad characters, and love to watch them. And nobody’s all good, nobody’s all bad, and so where we end up with that story, I think, is a really awesome challenge, and we all smile when we think about what you can do. It’s definitely a bad-ass group of people and I think it’s going to be a ton of fun to watch them.”

As for Venom, producer Avi Arad discusses the moral conflicts that have surrounded the character.

“Venom hated only one guy – Spider-Man. He wasn’t innately bad, he was a shortcut guy, not really into fighting hard for achievement. That’s the Venom story. Can he also be a good guy? As you know, Venom was also called ‘lethal defender of the innocent’. We had a great history with him, especially caring for the homeless, which is a very sensitive issue and something that many of us are very concerned with. Our villains all represent a different side of the misunderstood, and some of them unfortunately turned to the dark side. Venom happened to be a phenomenal character. With Eddie Brock, or if you do Flash Thompson, it doesn’t matter who is going to be inside the suit – what’s important is that a man like him is going to realize there comes a time when you wake up in the morning and say ‘How did I get here? There must be a better way.'”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be directed by Marc Webb from a script written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt. The film stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Sally Field as Aunt May, Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, Paul Giamatti as Rhino, Jamie Foxx as Electro and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn.

The sequel hits theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

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