One of the biggest questions concerning the news of the upcoming Sinister Six and Venom films is this—how, exactly, is Sony pulling this off? How you do make an all-villain comic book move in which (rumor has is) the main super-hero, Spider-Man, doesn’t even show up? Roberto Orci, who is currently charged with co-penning Venom and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits us this May), recently spoke to IGN about the challenges that come with making a series of all-villain films.
In terms of the Sinister Six film, Orco noted that Sinister Six writer Drew Goddard has his work cut out for him:
That’s the discussion we’re having right now; how exactly do you do that, and how do you do it without betraying the audience and making them all mean? Drew Goddard is going to be writing that one, so it’s kind of his problem. [Laughs] I’m kidding. We’re all working on each other’s stuff. So we want to be true to it, but there are some antiheroes in this day and age. There’s been examples of that even on TV — Vic Mackey on The Shield, one of the great antiheroes of all time. There are ways to milk that story. Audiences have seen everything. They’ve seen all the good guys who never do anything wrong. Is there a story in seeing the other side? That’s the challenge, and that’s the fun. I’m not sure how we’re going to do that yet.
Orci also discussed his roots in television writing, and how applying the frenetic, spread-too-thin pace of the television world helps to break down some of the overwhelmingly ambitious ideas that Sony has for crafting a universe of Spider-Man films populated by both Spidey and his rogues gallery:
It feels very familiar, because Alex and I started in television. In television, you get a great team of writers together, a writing staff, and you’re working on five episodes at once. You’re prepping one, you’re shooting one, you’re writing one, you’re posting one, and you’re trying to make sure they’re consistent over 13 or 22 episodes. That’s how we learned how to do things. So it’s funny in the movie business, and you have different things being done by different teams and they’re not all communicating with each other. So when we talked about our interest in all this stuff, we said, “Well, the way would want to do it is kind of go to a TV model,” and then the distinction between the quality of TV and film has gone away. They’re both equally viable, awesome storytelling formats. So the idea of, let’s get a core group of writers and producers and directors — and even though I might not be the one writing Venom, I’ll be in the meetings talking about how to make it interesting. We could be putting in easter eggs and planning ahead in the previous movies, and then that guy over there is going to write that movie, and Ed Solomon’s gonna write another one with us. So having a committee, a board, of people who are creative, who are filmmaker, who just keep it all together, that’s kind of going back to the way we started.
There’s still no word, specifically, on which villains would appear in a Sinister Six film. But considering that the Lizard (1) survived The Amazing Spider-Man, and that Electro (2), Rhino (3), and Green Goblin (4), are all slated to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and that Doc Ock (5) and Vulture (6) are rumored to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, it’s not too hard to guess, right?
What do you think of the Spider-Man universe news?