We all know that prior to the release of the Amazing Spiderman 2. Sony had plans to expend their Marvel roster by making a Sinister Six and Venom movie. However, since the Amazing Spiderman 2 failed to impress and questions were being asked about Sonys direction of Spiderman. As we all know Sony and MCU agreed a deal to share Spiderman. But what is happening about Sinister Six and Venom?
It was muted that the Sinister Six movie would be set in The Savage Land. A land in the Marvel universe that is basically a land that time has forgot.
The Savage Land.
Many dangers on the Savage Land.
Drew Goddard was planning to focus on one villian in particular...Doc Ock. His relationship with Spiderman would of been paramount to the movie. As he stated..
"The partnership between Spidey and Doc Ock was something O'Connor suggested should have greater emphasis, comparing and contrasting Otto Octavious' story arc to that of Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy: I think Michael Corleone is the greatest birth of villain/ protagonist as villain…not sure it exactly analagous to Ock but I like the idea of Ock as a character you are totally rooting for even though he is doing bad things…and obviously the transformation from innocence to experience. Also both characters are essentially motivated by family. Second I was thinking about the iconic rivalry btw Ock and Spidey and I think it would be great if after Spidey helps Ock, And you really feel they are friends and want them to be on the same side Ock has to do something that makes Spidey and the audience realize that they will never be able to be on the same side again…b/c the birth of Doc Ock story is only complete if you end it with the establishment of the iconic Spidey rivalry."
Now this was stated in February. However there are no more rumours that the plan has been cancelled. Infact, plans are still going ahead but obviously the SS will not be coming out in November 2016 as first planed. As a Sony representative said..
Sony will no longer release its Spider-Man villain movie ‘The Sinister Six’ in November of 2016 as previously planned, said a person involved in its production. The studio will rethink its approach to the film, which remains in development, in light of the new agreement with Marvel".
So what about the Venom spinoff? Well simaler to the Sinister Six, Venom is still being developed by Sony. It seems that Sony are letting MCU handle Spiderman and Sony take care of the supporting characters. Variety reported as such..
The studio is still moving forward with the Spider-Man villain-centric “Sinister Six,” and “Venom” spinoff, as well as a film that features female characters in the “Spider-Man” universe. “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ has been cancelled. While Marvel’s Feige is involved with Sony’s new “Spider-Man” films, he currently is not expected to be creatively involved with the spinoffs, sources say. - Variety
This is a complicated situation for both Sony and MCU. Sure it's all peachy at the moment but I do not expect it to be this way in the future. Marvel have the most lucrative superhero for Marvel. However, if Sony are planning their movies they will have to coordinate with MCU about the direction of the MCU Spiderman. It's actually embarrassing for Sony that they had the most popular superhero and struggled and now have to get someone else to do a better job. So these spinoff movies are going to be huge for Sony. If they turn out to be a success, Sony have redeemed themselves and move forward. However, if they fail, then I would expect full control of all Spiderman characters to be with Disney.