Before Sony and Disney agreed on the groundbreaking partnership that would culminate in Peter Parker's Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, Sony had plans in place to turn Spider-Man and his supporting characters into a cinematic universe of their own. The first building block in the expansion was to be a Sinister Six film that would feature Spidey's most signature villains headlining a ragtag ensemble, but the deal between the two powerhouses signaled the end of that adaptation in addition to Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man series.
In an interview with Den of Geek, Webb reflected back on his time spent helming the friendly neighborhood franchise and shed light on some of the ideas the studio had in mind for the dastardly team-up. "They were going to make a Sinister Six movie before we did the third [Amazing Spider-Man]," he recalled. "Chris Cooper [who played Norman Osborne] was going to come back and play the [Green] Goblin." Since the plotline of the second film involved Osborn passing away and leaving his company Oscorp to his son Harry, some explanations were needed for the character's resurrection.
"We were going to freeze his head, and then he was going to be brought back to life," the director explained. "And then there was that character called The Gentleman. We had some notions about how to do it, but I think maybe we were thinking too far ahead when we started building in those things. But it was a fun exercise. I look back very fondly on those days."
According to Webb, Osborn would have been the main villain in Sinister Six. "That was going to be the main villain. He was going to come out and lead the Sinister Six. We had talked about Vulture a little bit too, actually," he said.
As Tom Holland's Peter Parker continues swinging through the streets of the MCU, Sony has concocted a new slate of Spidey-centric films to take advantage of the wall-crawler's resurgence. A Venom film starring Tom Hardy described as a horror story in the vein of John Carpenter and David Cronenberg is on the books for October of 2018, and a Silver Sable/Black Cat team-up has also been greenlit by the studio. Dubbed Silver and Black, director Gina Prince-Bythewood has compared the movie to buddy films such as Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise.