It seems like every comic book character is getting sucked into an inter-connected universe lately — from the developing Arrow/Flash verse on the CW, to the proprietary Marvel Movie Universe, the burgeoning DC Movie Universe, and the nascent X-Men universe — and now you can add Spider-Man to the list.In a move that leaked out in the early morning hours Friday, THR is reporting that familiar names Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Drew Goddard, Jeff Pinkner, and Ed Solomon will combine to develop a “continuous tone and thread throughout the films” of the Spider-Man verse, spinning Venom and a Sinister Six film off from the foundation that is Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films.
Naturally, details are scarce right now, but we do know that Goddard — who just signed on to be the showrunner on the upcoming Daredevil Netflix TV show — will take on the The Sinister Six project. Kurtzman and Orci will work on a script for a Venom movie as well as their previously announced work on Amazing Spider-Man 3, and doesn’t that make you wonder if we’ll see Venom play a large part in Amazing Spider-Man 3?
Here’s a quote from Columbia President Doug Belgrade on the deal:
“The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets,” said Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad. “We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have the uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films.”
Expanding the Spider-Man universe is a challenge unlike any other, though, in that this won’t be a hero based world, but rather, a super-villain based one. Never before has there been a major comic book movie that stood on the merits of a super-villain (save for the developed but never filmed Magneto origin film), but Sony will attempt two.
Will Spider-Man and other characters serve as the connective tissue of this verse, making cameo appearances and the like? Can these villains stand on their own? Right now, questions abound, but one thing is clear: everybody’s getting a shot at an expanded universe except the Fantastic Four. Sorry solo Franklin film.