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Today Sony revealed their plans to make the Spider-Man universe a little bit bigger by doing spinoffs involving villains Venom and the Sinister Six.
"The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio's greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films," Columbia Picture president Doug Belgard told IGN.
Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard will be the creative team taking the reigns of the spinoffs. According to IGN, it appears Goddard will write and perhaps direct Venom. The other four will be working on the Sinister Six.
Pinkner, Orci, and Kurtzman wrote "Amazing Spider-Man 2" and will also be working on the third installment as well.
The films will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach who also worked on Spider-Man.
"This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,'" Arad and Tolmach said in a press release. "With more than fifty years' wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man universe is truly boundless; in addition, the Spider-Man comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling."
All of the writers and people working on the shows have collaborated previously in some way with each other whether it be on Fringe series, Alias, or the Star Trek movie.
Venom is slated for a June 10, 2016 release and Sinister Six for May 4 2018, reports Variety. The Spider-Man franchise has made Sony Columbia Pictures $3.2 billion since 2002.