The thought of an Amazing Spider-Man spin-off flick featuring the Sinister Six feels a lot like the Sony/Columbia team is grasping at straws. Sure, they don’t have much to work with in terms of copyrights, but is throwing a six-pack of villains into a movie as the main characters really the best way to go? The big question on everyone’s mind is – what can they even do to make this work? Well, a couple of Amazing Spider-Man producers have now stepped up and attempted to answer that crucial puzzle.
In a recent interview with IGN, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach had these words to share regarding the upcoming Sinister Six flick:
Tolmach – “There’s no such thing as just a villain. There are villains by virtue of choices that people make but they always begin as humans, as characters. As flawed people; as tragic people. You know great movies have been made about a bunch of bad guys who get together to do something.”
“Yeah, I mean, there’s a huge tradition of it. Those are sometimes the greatest characters to watch. A bunch of broken people coming together for whatever reason.”
As to whether Spider-Man might be involved in the spin-off, Tolmach shrugged the question off by saying that he wasn’t quite sure. Apparently, they need some sort of script before they can answer those sorts of questions.
And as far as why the six villains would be hanging out for the duration of a full-length feature in the first place:
Arad – “As long as there’s that one thing in common: they’ll hate Spider-Man. They’ll hate him because he’s so different from them. But then, you know when you sit by yourself somewhere and you think about it, they all had a different life at one time and that’s what’s so beautiful about the Spider-Man universe. They have amazing stories if you look at it.”
“And everybody’s looking for redemption; they’re unforgiven. Would you see one of the Sinister Six starting to feel like that? Yes. And people love it, by the way. They love when a villain finds his way back because we’re all very forgiving.”
So does that mean that we’re going to see a super hero bromance of redemption? Are the Sinister Six going to get all guilty and start saving the world from stuff? Although I can see the angle they might try to pursue, I’m unsure of how I feel about it. Sure, there have been some redemption stories in the Spider-Man comics, but I can’t remember any that happened in bulk. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this one pans out.
What say the Nerd Readers? Does this alleviate some of your doubt, or only shift it in another direction?