ByBenjamin James McDiarmid, writer at
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Benjamin James McDiarmid

Why the Sinister Six Won't Work! A rumor is flying about that the new Amazing Spiderman (most likely 3 or 4 now) will feature the Sinister Six, my argument is that it will never work for a film adaptation. Too many villains, too little film.

First of all I'm all about the new Amazing Spiderman films. I think Marc Webb has a good direction with a grittier yet more realistic Spiderman. I feel Andrew Garfield is a great Spiderman, he has the younger look yet the slight cockiness that makes Peter Parker interesting and comedic (I always felt Toby McGuire struggled with that part of the character and relied more on his own awkwardness.)

But even with all this magic I don't think the Sinister Six (or the Insidious Six) will work in film translation.

Films with Multiple Villains NORMALLY don't work.

I'm already expecting Nerd Backlash from this statement because I'm sure there are a few exceptions to the rule. Having said that I think superhero films are very formulated and want to squeeze a lot of information into a short amount of time. Take Spiderman 3 for example. There are a myriad of reasons why this film was a flop (not financially of course but creatively/critically)-

but let's focus on the villains. In most superhero films there is a hero origin story as well as a villain origin story. Take Spiderman 2 for example with Dr. Octopus being a regular good guy who pushes the scientific bounds, loses his wife in the process and turns to what he has left, his work. This is a story that makes sense, is well timed, and makes Dr. Octopus seem like a legitimate threat also someone we can empathize with.

Now Spiderman 3- after 3 movies prepping us for Green Goblin Jr. Harry ends up being roped up in a matter of minutes. When he finally returns on screen dawning the Green Goblin attire this time the good guy, he is killed off just as quickly. Then there is Venom, who is one of the most anticipated villains, who ends up getting very little screen time (also one of the worst casting calls since Hayden Christensen.) Then we also have the Sandman who's a confusing badguy because he's a good guy in a bad place doing bad things for good reasons? I'm really not sure when taking time out of his day to kill Spiderman is helping his daughter get any more medicine but I digress. We have basically two/three origin stories as well as Peter becoming bad himself (very, very bad)

and only three hours to do it in. So there was no payoff, Venom's screen time was shockingly low, Sandman's motives were ridiculous, (also the inclusion of him some how being related to how Peter's Uncle was shot) and Harry after three movies has no pay off. I know Spiderman is a Superhero but it makes the Villains seem far less Super when they can all be taken out at once.

One Villain Better than Another:

Think about every Superhero movie series, generally the stronger film is the original. Take for example Iron man 2- Iron Man vs. Whip Lash, that's the association made for the villain. Whip Lash tends to be a bit more memorable than Justin Hammer simply for theatrics. Not only is Whip Lash positioned as the main threat but also completely emasculated one of Iron Man's greatest villains.

Even great Superhero movies like the Dark Knight aren't free from this problem. Sure Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent was memorable but when you remember the villain of the film, immediately our first thoughts are of the Joker. It's hard not to overshadow a character with one performance or one character being a stronger screen presence than another. Even with the Dark Knight Rises it's difficult to say Bane wasn't a bit emasculated by Talia Al Ghul. Going further into that Talia or even the Scarecrow character seemed to get sold short.

But let's go further in the future and postulate. So we know that Rhino, Electro, and Green Goblin will be the villains (it's not a spoiler if it's in the trailer- if you haven't seen it yet ) and in the follow up films we have the possible future of Venom, Shocker, Dr. Octopus, Vulture, and Morbius (those that are teased in Easter Eggs) . Originally the Sinister Six was Vulture, Electro, Dr. Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and the Sandman. However others have joined in like Gog, Shocker, Venom, Chameleon, Rhino, Hobgoblin, Scorpion, and many more. So this leaves the door open for lots of different combinations. However I feel that no matter what combinations are put together, the film transition will not work out favorably. If the main villains in the films right now end up pairing together in a future film, if they are defeated they look weak and it makes the original films with them as the main antagonist seem silly if they are going to lose with 5 others on their side. Budget wise I feel it wouldn't work otherwise, I'm sure Paul Giamatti and Jamie Foxx have a rather sizeable paycheck and convincing them or rather the studio to pay their wages as well as additional screen time for any other big names would be a hard sell. There are four movies to come and perhaps I will be wrong, but it is a hard task balancing the power of super villains with six people sharing the lime light I'm not sure if the concept can make a film transition.

What do you think?


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