Spider-Man Producers Tease Future Movies Could Feature the Sinister Six or the Kingpin
07.05.12 by BJSprecher
After raking in an estimated $7.5 million during its midnight screening, The Amazing Spider-Man is predicted by many to take in between $100 and $150 million in its first six days in theaters — not taking into account international ticket sales, which already account for an estimated $50 million thanks to its earlier release overseas — which puts director Marc Webb's reboot at least on par with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies, if not a contender for the title of superhero movie champ currently held by The Avengers.
Whatever the final numbers turn out to be, Sony knows that the Marvel Comics character is as good as gold and the studio has plans to roll out Spider-Man movies for years to come. In fact, producers Avi Arad and
Matt Tolmach recently revealed to SuperHeroHype that "at the very least three" more movies in the current continuity are planned, with as many as five more movies possible. They even suggested that they might follow the model used by Marvel Studios leading up to The Avengers — releasing a series of solo movies to introduce characters and then have them team up in one movie — but flip it on its head by building toward a supervillain team-up movie featuring the Sinister Six.
Arad, who founded Marvel Studios, but now produces movies for Marvel through his own production company, Arad Productions, told SHH that future Spider-Man movies will likely revisit some of the villains that appeared in Raimi's movies. Or, all of them, all at once.
There are so many ways to paint these villains, all of them. As you know, one of the great sagas in the Spider-Man universe is of course the Sinister Six.
Tolmach stepped down from his position as co-President of Production for Columbia Pictures to concentrate on producing Spider-Man movies back in 2010. To him, The Avengers is a "good model" for a team-up movie. Arad, however, cautioned that servicing good villains requires a story with "depth."
It all depends on the stories that one wants to tell, because Spider-Man is really more a depth kind of a story, we have to be careful how many villains we can service, because a relationship with a villain has to be such that it's a story on his own. We attempted to do multiple villains — you've been there — you just need screen time to do it.
Arad also said that the Kingpin, one of the most powerful crime lords in the Marvel Universe, could pop up in a future Spider-Man movie, even though the character's first big screen appearance was in the Fox-produced Daredevil (2003) movie.
Believe it or not, Kingpin was on loan to Daredevil, so again, anything that is part of the Spider-Man Universe or introduced in the Spider-Man Universe — without getting too legal beagle here — is an opportunity, and if we have a story that Kingpin is important, I'm sure we can handle that.