Earlier this year, when it was announced that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures had reached a deal to share live-action film rights to the character, it cast a whole lot of doubt on the status of the previously announced "Sinister Six" film, focused on Spidey's famous villains and set to be written and directed by Drew Goddard. In an interview with io9, Goddard said the movie is still a possibility, provided Marvel and Sony are interested -- though don't look for it anytime too soon.
"I intentionally wanted a movie that didn't have to worry about mythology and continuity," Goddard said. "It was important to me to make a movie that could stand on its own. So the good news is, it slots in very well to any plan anybody ever wants. We just need to let a couple years go by, I think."
Goddard compared the movie to a "summer annual" issue of a comic book series, saying, "You didn't have to worry about continuity. It was just, 'We take Peter, put him on an adventure, we put him back in his life.'" He also clarified that his vision is most definitely a Spider-Man film, rather than focusing solely on the villains. "It was the giant, epic Spider-Man movie of my dreams," Goddard said.
While it remains unclear if "Sinister Six" will ever be produced -- despite Goddard holding out hope -- his current film is less than two weeks away from release: "The Martian," with a screenplay by Goddard, is set to debut Oct. 2.