Marvel All Sony Wants For Christmas Is A Spider-Man Cinematic Universe written by Sean Gerber December 13, 2013 Forget toys, the hottest item on every studio executive’s Christmas list is a superhero cinematic universe. Marvel Studios got one and it looked so cool that Warner Bros. and Fox just had to get their own. Now, via late night press release, Sony Pictures also wants a cinematic universe and has made plans to build one, all from the world of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Including THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 next year, three web-slinging solo sequels had already been announced. Now, Sony is turning to its own writer team-up of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinker, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to develop even more projects in Spidey’s universe. Kurtzman, Orci, and Solomon will be writing a VENOM screenplay with Kurtzman pencilled in to direct. Goddard, who’s been tapped to write Marvel Studios’ DAREDEVIL series on Netflix, will be writing and possibly directing THE SINISTER SIX. Marvel Studios has proven the financial power of effective continuity management between franchises, which is exactly why we are seeing the rapid development of cinematic universes across the superhero genre. Growth is generally a good thing, but Sony and any other studio looking to start crossover construction had better be sure a strong foundation is in place. Fox at least has FANTASTIC FOUR to mix in with the many iterations of X-MEN and other assorted mutant teams. Sony, on the other hand, is hoping one hero can underwrite a whole universe. Even the legendary BATMAN franchise, still the most powerful solo act in town, has not been tapped for crossovers and spinoffs. Sony is banking heavily on the SPIDER-MAN franchise since it’s the only card the studio has to play. Many fans have hoped for a VENOM movie to redeem the character from his disappointing appearance in SPIDER-MAN 3. Hopefully, the mainstream audience will be equally willing to give the symbiote another chance. THE SINISTER SIX could work as the first ever villain team-up, but the question then becomes how much of a crossover it can really be when various combinations of its main characters will have already appeared together in solo AMAZING SPIDER-MAN films. Sony will have to hope it can muster up enough interest for those antagonists in the solo movies to convince audiences to drop another $12.50 on bad guy movie that may or may not include Spider-Man. Being bold and taking calculated risks are necessary components in franchise filmmaking. Sony’s confidence is worthy of at least some applause, but there is plenty of work to be done in order to build the SPIDER-MAN brand up enough to support spinoffs. For the sake of the genre, all studios looking for their slice of the cinematic universe pie must gain a proper handle on the expansion of this superhero bubble before its bursts. Check out Sony’s full press release below. CULVER CITY, Calif., December 12, 2013 – In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing several new projects in the SPIDER-MAN franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad,president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films. Under the deals, the studio announced that Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner are writing the screenplay for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct; the film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016. In addition, the team will build on the cinematic foundation laid by Webb, Arad, and Tolmach in the first two movies. They will expand the franchise as Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon will write the screenplay for VENOM, which Kurtzman will direct; also, Goddard will write, with an eye to direct, THE SINISTER SIX, focusing on the villains in the franchise. Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio. In tapping these five writers, the studio and the producers are guiding the future of the franchise with the writer/producers who have each played significant and key roles in developing such highly successful franchises, films, and series as STAR TREK, TRANSFORMERS, ALIAS, FRINGE, MEN IN BLACK, BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, WORLD WAR Z, LOST, CLOVERFIELD, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, and Marvel’s upcoming DAREDEVIL series. Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “The SPIDER-MAN film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the SPIDER-MAN universe in each of these upcoming films.” Arad and Tolmach added, “This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. With more than fifty years’ wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the SPIDER-MAN universe is truly boundless; in addition, the SPIDER-MAN comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, but with this move, we have the opportunity to grow the franchise by looking to the future as we develop a continuous arc for the story. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we’re excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world.” The most successful franchise in the history of Columbia Pictures, SPIDER-MAN is embraced all over the world. The four SPIDER-MAN films to date have taken in over $3.2 billion worldwide. SPIDER-MAN, VENOM, THE SINISTER SIX and other SPIDER-MAN related characters are licensed to Sony by Marvel Entertainment. All Sony Wants For Christmas Is A Spider-Man Cinematic Universe was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related MarvelSpider-Man 8 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. 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February 2, 2014 Neil Though my first instinctual thought at this news was “overkill”, I think a Sinister Six movie might actually be a really interesting and novel idea – especially if done in a “heist movie” manner. Barring any overlap issues with the other Spider-Man films, the whole ‘villain perspective’ thing could be great. I’m thinking vaguely along the lines of the unique “Task Force X” episode of the Justice League cartoon. Whether this will actually click with mainstream audiences is a whole other story that will depend on execution, marketing, and how the other Spider-Man films fare. T.T. I think “overkill” is a pretty good way to put, or maybe “milk it for all it’s worth until it’s completely f***ing worthless” would be another way to put it. The big problem which is addressed here, is are people going to want pay $12.50 to see each of these movies? The way things seem to play out now is each year there’s maybe 5 superhero movies, 1 is really great, 2 are pretty good, 1 that could have been better, and 1 that flat out sucks. The trouble with “The Cinematic Universe” concept, is that it requires Dark Knight/Avengers level movie making from an assembly-line system and schedule, creating a situation were you may end up putting quantity over quality …how well do you think that is going to work insideguy To me its all to much. But hey if it makes them money so be it. I do think we may be reaching a mid 1960s western type saturation point with these comic book movies at some point in the near future. People are just going to tune out eventually. Michael Lalaian The reactionary nature of this doesn’t really inspire any confidence in me, nor do I see an actual narrative purpose for it. In terms of being reactionary, I have the same issue with this as I do Fox’s X-Men/Fantastic Four universe idea: They’re ONLY doing it because Marvel did it, and I can’t give them credit for being copy cats. Also, since it wasn’t the plan from the beginning, it will likely feel inorganic and unnecessary to the narrative. The problem is that no non-Spider-Man-centric story in this universe will be /more/ compelling than a straight up Amazing Spider-Man solo film, so why do one? What Venom story does Sony want to tell that will be /more/ compelling outside of a symbiote-based Amazing Spider-Man sequel? How does a Sinister Six movie feel more epic when it’s /not/ the culmination of the Amazing Spider-Man trilogy? It seems like Sony is learning all the wrong lessons from what Marvel did. What makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe special is not just the fact that you have a bunch of interconnected movies; it’s that the smaller parts will build up to bigger parts. Amazing Spider-Man is already the biggest part. There is no Avengers to build up to. Instead, they’re spinning off into smaller stories, which is the Elektra/X-Men Origins: Wolverine route… and I’m not a fan of that. T.T. It’s like the same kind of mind set that killed 90’s Batman film, which was basically “let’s keep cranking out these crappy movies to sell toys” except now it’s “let’s keep cranking out these crappy movies to sell crappy movies” etourist It could go either way, with so much superhero cinema competing for your money studios will have to step up the quality to keep their audiences coming back for more… or there’s just so much coming out that multiple viewings of movies will be on the decline, audiences will have to be more selective, individual films will make less money and be seen as less successful – and may ultimately lose funding for future installments. Personally I’m a fan of cinematic universes because it opens up so much more for what you can do with the characters and it gets studios out of the ‘trilogy then reboot’ mindset. It’s long past due that I can go to the movies and see just a good Spiderman story that isn’t the character fumbling around, still learning his own limitations. If James Bond movies can go through 40+ years and 5 actors in the title role before doing a reboot… It’s about time Superhero films stopped wearing training pants and grew up. Naes1984 If you’re excited for this then more power to you. I won’t tell you not to be excited. However, for me at least, a sequel and two spinoffs to a by-the-numbers retelling of Spider-Man’s origin is the polar opposite of interesting. ASM did not revitalize the series like Batman Begins clearly did. It got fairly middling reviews compared to the first two Raimi films and was the lowest grossing of all of them. Batman Begins got the best reviews of all the previous films and made more money than its abysmal predecessor. Despite what people (mis)remember: Spider-Man 3 was not the worst thing since puppy cancer. At least it had personality and a directorial stamp… and is still the highest grossing. Aren’t they overestimating the demand for these properties just a bit? This isn’t 1993 at the height of Venom’s popularity. Is Venom popular enough for his own movie especially a big budget blockbuster especially when his own series just got cancelled? To me it is similar to thinking Spawn is still relevant enough for another movie. As for a villain team-up movie, I could see a low budget “Dirty Dozen” style Suicide Squad movie working, but I don’t know how you do a Sinister Six movie when it is just a lead-in to Spiderman 3. Are there any good Sinister Six stories in the comics independent of Spider-Man? Is watching them gather the team for 2 hours going to be compelling especially when we know none of them are at any risk? Then again, this strategy isn’t designed to work story wise. It is designed to work merchandising-wise. This isn’t Sony’s effort to for a cohesive cinematic universe like Marvel. It is their attempt to wring all of the value out of its properties as quickly as it can before the genre contracts like the housing market. stock Agree completely with your first paragraph, Naes. Spiderman 3 was lambasted for overcrowding the story with badly portrayed villains, but mainly by fanboys for showing them a mirror in which Peter turns toward narcissistic self-gratification. It was a natural progression for the character, (and he was infected by the symbiot), but it was very uncomfortable for those who may have their own youthful tendencies toward such dark behavior. The shame of saying F-you to Mom. You feel bad about it, but you can’t put the words back in your mouth. That’s where Peter was, mentally. A sock in the gut to anyone whose been there. I’ll disagree with one thing only, that is, your assessment of Marvel’s cohesive cinematic universe. Not that they aren’t trying, just that they are, so far, failing. With the exception of their post-credit scenes, both Thor II and IM III had almost no connection to anything that had been building before. IM III at least had a interesting twist in the Mandarin angle, but Thor? You’re telling me these 9 realms are going to align for a brief period of time, and the only beings interested in this singular event are these Dark Elves that have been asleep for millennia? Where’s Thanos and the other Eternals? What? They don’t give a damn? And the only thing tying the other films together is the ever tiresome sibling rivalry between Thor and Loki? No. That’s not cohesive. I hope they right this ship with Cap and GOTG, but for now, I think they’re in the same mind-set as Sony’s vision–Churn em out, let the chips fall where they may.