Venom and the Sinister Six movies in the pipeline.
Last month, we reported on how Sony are mulling a series of Spider-Man spin-offs - now word comes of what shape those spin-offs will take.
Michael Lynton, the studio’s new president, has announced that a “franchise brains trust” of five writers will create a spin-off movie for classic comic villain Venom, plus another for the Sinister Six, the villainous League of Shadows-esque collective which includes Doctor Octopus.
As far as we can think of, this would be the first time that a major comic book villain has been given a dedicated movie.
The five writers include Marc Webb, who directed 2012’s reboot The Amazing Spider-Man and the upcoming sequel, and Drew Goddard - frequent collaborator with JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon. Sony hope that the appropriately-named Webb will return for a threequel.
Despite being a Marvel character, Spider-Man's cinematic rights belong to Sony, and not the Disney owned Marvel Studios, which produces the Avengers series. There is a clause in Sony's contract which states that if the franchise lies dormant for a certain amount of time, the rights for the character will revert back to marvel.
So with a lucrative character needing to stay on the books, plus the juicy prospect of a multi-character multi-movie multi-million-dollar-grossing Avengers/Justice League-style universe, it's no wonder the studio has big plans.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out in the UK on May 14th, 2014.