Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Does Sony have a plan for the Spider-Man film series? Of course they do! Well, actually… maybe? Any film series “plan” must involve an evolving set of decisions, but in the case of Spider-Man some of those decisions seem to contradict one another. The throughline of the two new films so far has involved Peter Parker’s parents, his father’s work at Oscorp, and Oscorp’s tendency to develop technology that is really great for evil. In Marc Webb’s movies, the company is essentially Ikea for supervillains.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now on Blu-ray, and some releases feature a bonus disc that explains some of the ideas that are loosely leading up towards the Sinister Six. In some of those bonus features, director Marc Webb confirms the identity of the guy seen at the end of both movies, explains some things that have been rumored about the film, and explains the origin of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 end-credits, as they relate to Sinister Six. )Spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follow.)
There are some big points here.
- Marc Webb explicitly talks about the cryogenically frozen head of Norman Osborn, “so we can bring him back for the sequel.”
- Webb talks about the man seen in shadows at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man, explaining that he was originally conceived as Electro, but was reworked to be The Gentleman. That’s the guy introduced in a Spider-Man novel who is a wealthy benefactor who brings together the Sinister Six.
- Webb discusses having Blur Studios design and animate the masks and hardware seen in the end credits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But ”we’re not exactly sure if all those people are going to be in the Sinister Six, or even in the next movie.“
- The mask seen in the header above is indeed Mysterio, rather than Chameleon, and the cat-looking symbol is actually a spear, likely meant to represent Kraven the Hunter.
- But, as noted above, just because those characters are represented in the credits doesn’t mean they’ll be in the movie. Which is… kind of pointless.
Here’s a video one fan quickly compiled featuring audio and video with these quotes highlighted. (via CinemaBlend).
Given how well Sony’s plans have worked out so far, we have no idea of what to expect with Sinister Six. Having Drew Goddard to write and direct is still the most promising aspect the film has going for it. But using the credits of the last film to tease characters who may or may not appear in the next movie seems like little more than blindly throwing darts at a board.