The Amazing Spider-Man series of movies was an interesting venture by Sony. A reboot designed to escape the mess that was Sam Raini’s Spider-Man 3, they ended up receiving the same critical scorn from audiences and critics alike. So hostile was the response to 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony opted out of making a third instalment. Now Marc Web has revealed what plans were on the table for that movie – how it would have set up the wider Sinister Six universe of movies.
Talking to Den of Geek, Marc Webb revealed that plans for the third film were openly discussed – saying that Chris Cooper was set to reprise his role as Norman Osborn for the third outing;
“Yeah, we were talking about the Sinister Six. They were going to make a Sinister Six movie before we did the third one. But I wanted…Chris Cooper was going to come back and play the Goblin. We were going to freeze his head, and then he was going to be brought back to life. 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.”
It was no secret that Sony were looking at plundering the Spider-Man IP to create a cinematic universe (Heck, they’re still doing that now). That’s why the ending to Amazing Spider-Man 2 is such a mess because it focussed way too heavily on the movies that hadn’t yet been announced. Webb went on to say;
“Well, 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.”
Really, we should be thankful that Sony came to its senses. The decision to cancel that movie ended up with Sony and Marvel working together, granting audiences Spider-Man within the MCU. It also leaves Sony with the SInister Six cinematic universe – set to kick off with Ruben Fleischer’s Venom next year.
Would you have wanted to see The Amazing Spider-Man 3?