Drew Goddard will helm spin-off.
Spider-Man’s cinematic universe expands apace, as it has been announced that Drew Goddard is set to direct rogues gallery spin-off movie Sinister Six.
Goddard, who has just one film on his directorial CV (shrewd horror The Cabin in the Woods) was already attached to write several of Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs, as well as write and direct a Daredevil series for Netflix.
Goddard is an old pal of Marvel bigshot Joss Whedon (currently shooting Avengers 2); Goddard wrote for Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and many of his other shows, and they co-wrote Woods.
In the original Marvel comics, The Sinister Six are a villainous ensemble dating back to 1964. The roster has fluctuated over the years but usually features some combination of Doctor Octopus (the founder), Electro, Sandman, Vulture, Venom, Mysterio and others.
Sony recently announced plans to release a new Spider-Man or Spider-Man spin-off movie every year, in an attempt to rival Disney-owned Marvel’s superhero dominance, as well as a means of holding onto the cinematic rights.
If Sony stopped making such movies, the rights for the character and associated characters would pass back to Marvel, after a certain time.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is next up from the studio, released in the UK on April 16th 2014.