We've had a bunch of casting news swirling around [Spider-Man: Homecoming](tag:3874051) this week, from Donald Glover joining the cast and setting off rumors he could be playing Miles Morales, to yesterday's news that two new faces in Logan Marshall-Green and Martin Starr had also been added.
Basically, this week in entertainment news was nothing but updates from E3 2016, and then:
Yet outside of the names of the talent being added, we just don't know all that much about the movie other than that it will have a John Hughesian vibe, Peter Parker will be in high school, and Robert Downey Jr. will be reprising his role as Tony Stark. We also know that Michael Keaton has joined the cast and will very likely be playing the part of Vulture.
So we have our hero and we have our villain. But yesterday's news about Marshall-Green claimed the actor would be stepping into a villainous role, and there is a handful of other names whose roles we don't yet know. With Keaton already being tipped to play Vulture, why the need for another villain or two? It would make perfect sense if Marvel is finally putting the pieces in place for a storyline that's been kicked around for years in regard to live-action Spidey: The Sinister Six.
A Sinister Six Story Has Been In The Works For A While
As the wall-crawler's fans know, there's been a rumored Sinister Sixmovie in development by Sony seemingly forever. More like in development hell, really. Sony lost its way with Spider-Man, so when Sony and Marvel struck their shared rights deal last year, everything in Sony's plans regarding its handling of the character got changed or put on hold indefinitely. Sinister Six falls into that latter category. Last year, writer Drew Goddard confirmed that the project wasn't completely dead, but it wasn't exactly moving forward, either, saying:
"This is Hollywood, man. You've gotta play the long game."
But Goddard already has a script written, and he wrote it with a very specific vision in mind, one that made the story a standalone. What's even more intriguing is that he explained his version of the script was one that could be adapted by anyone:
It was important to me to make a movie that could stand on its own. So the good news is, you know, [laughs], it slots in very well to any plan anybody ever wants. We just need to let a couple years go by, I think.”
Could That 'Anybody' Adapting Sinister Six Be Marvel?
It's reasonable to think that Marvel might very well have picked up that initial draft of Goddard's script and salvaged it for parts. Goddard writing it to stand on its own means his storyline can be adapted to fit into both the new world of Spider-Man being created by Marvel Studios and, peripherally, the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. As long as the heroes of each individual franchise fit into the broader narrative of the MCU, it's not as important that each franchise-specific villain does. The only exception is Loki, who has been as much of an opportunistic antihero as he has a villain.
Goddard has also previously talked about how much he loves the new direction for Spider-Man and where it's heading. His relationship with Marvel is one that's rock solid. After his brilliant turn as showrunner for Season 1 of Daredevil, he is still serving in an executive producer role. It's not unreasonable to think that Goddard may have served or will be serving in an unofficial advisor capacity, or even something as simple as having exchanged ideas with Homecoming director Jon Watts.
Marvel Handling Sinister Six Is The Best-Case Scenario
Marvel, and not Sony, developing The Sinister Six is ideal. It's not simply a matter of Marvel being in charge of its own characters, but that the structure of the MCU lends itself to the build-up.
Here's what I mean: Everyone remembers Spider-Man 3, right? Emo Peter Parker aside, its biggest mistake was that it tried to shoehorn too many villains into the story; same goes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Multiple villains in a movie isn't a bad thing in and of itself, but simultaneously introducing that many villains is just too much. The plot feels forced and the narrative clunky. It's the same with superheroes. Imagine how confusing The Avengers would have been had it introduced all those characters to us for the first time, rather than having already gotten audiences familiar with most of them from previous movies.
This is what Marvel does better than any studio right now. Spider-Man: Homecoming can introduce one or two villains then plant the seeds for the rest — a smart, methodical build-up to a Sinister Six showdown. Again using previous Marvel films, it's the same as Captain America leading to [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), or the Thor franchise leading to [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858). Marvel is planning on Tom Holland sticking around as its Webhead for a long time; it has plenty of space to maneuver and plenty of time to build.
Which is why it will just make sense if it turns out that what it's building to is The Sinister Six.
Do you think 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' will plant the seeds for a Sinister Six storyline?