With the publicity tour for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” still in full swing, more quotes are dropping from the film’s producers about the future direction of the franchise – specifically the two spin-off films “The Sinister Six” and “Venom”.
Producers Matthew Tolmach and Avi Arad say that the six villains that will make up the “Sinister Six” are NOT the same ones from the original comics, rather they will be what ones they think are suitable for this ‘universe’.
Tolmach says: “Nothing is sacred. I mean it’s going to be the best Six that you can imagine, but it’s going to make sense in the world that we’re building.”
Avi Arad adds: “When you translate comic to film the word ‘classic’ means the first fifty issues. Because after that we all made changes; changes that had to do with science fiction turning into science. I think just the need to move this world forward.”
Arad continues: “So, of course we’ll make adaptations about these guys and what was their motivations because many of them have multiple motivations. It depends, is it ultimate Spider-Man? Is it Spider-Man? Is it some three-piece issue that takes them to space? We have a bigger responsibility to represent the character of the villain as it was conceived, because that way it will survive the test of time. All the rest… that’s a movie. What an opportunity to make – can you imagine seeing Paul Giamatti in a leather suit? I think they would have killed us. They gave us a hard time with the Lizard.”
The Lizard, Electro, Rhino and Green Goblin are portrayed on screen in the first two “Amazing Spider-Man” films, whilst Doctor Octopus, Vulture, and Venom are all heavily suggested in the upcoming sequel. Could this be the six?
Both Arad and Tolmach are keenly looking forward to the “Venom” movie. Arad says that he’s very confident in the character’s appeal: “We did Venom in the UK as a special issue based on the ’94 show: the three-parter. And I think if you check the record book it was probably one of the best-selling videos. Way before DVD. Because the character is interesting. Even Venom is not – we call them villains, but he’s really not a villain.”
Asked about the possibility of Carnage appearing in the “Venom” movie, Arad replied, “What a great idea” and Tolmach added: “Exactly. The idea of Venom and Carnage… taking it into consideration. Watch out for this Venom movie. We are crazy excited.”