As more information comes to light, more and more "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" looks set to be the launchpad for a whole host of Spider-Man related films from further sequels to the proposed Venom and Sinister Six movie.
One of the key members in the franchise's 'brain trust' going forward is "Star Trek" scribe Roberto Orci who is slated to have a hand in writing and/or producing pretty much any further entries in this series.
Orci recently spoke with IGN about the challenges of this more elaborate universe and likens it to his work on mythology-heavy television he's been involved in such as "Fringe" and "Alias":
"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. 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."
He also spoke about the challenge of creating a Sinister Six movie in which Spider-Man's major foes team-up:
"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 [Cabin Fever] 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."
Meanwhile a bunch of new photos from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" have gone online, check them out below: