In breaking news from the Electro Arrives viral site, Sony Pictures have officially announced films based on Spider-Man properties Venom and The Sinister Six, with Daredevil's Drew Goddard on board to write (and possibly direct) the latter.

CULVER CITY, Calif., December 12, 2013 – In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad,president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.

The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films. Under the deals, the studio announced that Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct; the film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016. In addition, the team will build on the cinematic foundation laid by Webb, Arad, and Tolmach in the first two movies. They will expand the franchise as Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon will write the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct; also, Goddard will write, with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise. Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio.

In tapping these five writers, the studio and the producers are guiding the future of the franchise with the writer/producers who have each played significant and key roles in developing such highly successful franchises, films, and series as Star Trek, Transformers, “Alias,” “Fringe,” Men
in Black, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, World War Z, “Lost,” Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods, and Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “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.” Arad and Tolmach added, “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. 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. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, but with this move, we have the opportunity to grow the franchise by looking to the future as we develop a continuous arc for the story. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we’re excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world.”

The most successful franchise in the history of Columbia Pictures, Spider-Man is embraced all over the world. The four Spider-Man films to date have taken in over $3.2 billion worldwide.

Spider-Man, Venom, The Sinister Six and other Spider-Man related characters are licensed to Sony by Marvel Entertainment.

So, what do you think of this monumental news? Leave your comments below.

In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.


Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson
Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro
Sally Fields as Aunt May

RELEASE DATE: May 2nd, 2014.
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Jollem - 12/12/2013, 10:08 PM
GizmoEl - 12/12/2013, 10:10 PM
holy [frick]ing shit
DynamicDynamo - 12/12/2013, 10:13 PM
So who is playing Venom?
MrMurdock - 12/12/2013, 10:16 PM
Holy crap. A VENOM SPINOFF I could see coming, but SINISTER SIX? Very interesting
Jollem - 12/12/2013, 10:21 PM
faver - 12/12/2013, 10:21 PM
I thought this sounded weird (especially at this hour) but the news release is on the electroarrives website...
Jollem - 12/12/2013, 10:22 PM
the sinister 6 spinoff is such an awesome surprise
Volthoom - 12/12/2013, 10:23 PM
Jollem - 12/12/2013, 10:24 PM
MrMurdock - 12/12/2013, 10:25 PM
A Venom franchise would be ideal. Could maybe get a trilogy, but definitely two decent flicks.

FIRST MOVIE: Origin, Venom vs. Spiderman

SECOND MOVIE: Venom vs. Carnage

Venom and Spider-Man vs. Carnage
jamesbrando3 - 12/12/2013, 10:26 PM
I looked everywhere, no ones reported this anywhere else yet, is it legit? If it is damn, this is huge news...
Jollem - 12/12/2013, 10:26 PM
seyrie - 12/12/2013, 10:28 PM
Damn...say what u want about Marvel Studios but Feige and those boys have really kicked off something here with the MCU..everyone wants that cinematIc universe money now. DC, Sony, Fox. I just hope they make quality movies
Poolio - 12/12/2013, 10:28 PM
I hope its VENOM and not that shitty new Venom, Marvel came out with.
TheSuperguy - 12/12/2013, 10:28 PM
The awesomeness! Especially looking forward to the Venom spin-off.
Ocelot - 12/12/2013, 10:28 PM
The Venom movie needs to have Brock, Flash and Cassidy all in it. Flash as The Protagonist, Brock as the Antihero and Cassidy as the Antagonist.

Flash should be Agent Venom, Brock should resemble the traditional Venom and of course Cassidy as Carnage.
Jollem - 12/12/2013, 10:31 PM
Poolio - 12/12/2013, 10:33 PM
Venom BETTER look like this!

and not like this...

ruadh - 12/12/2013, 10:48 PM
It actually would make a lot of sense for Flash to be Venom. Brock has already been done, even if poorly. Flash has already started to be sympathetic by the end of the first film. He could easily have one scene in ASM2 about the military, with ASM3 furthering him more, and finally getting his own film as Venom.

I realize people want the classic version of Venom, but like I's been done. Poorly, yes, but I wouldn't be surprised if they wanted to just go in a new direction.
charlie2094 - 12/12/2013, 10:54 PM
Awesome! Didn't expect the Sinister Six to have a film, this is awesome! And Venom too :D
whoa123 - 12/12/2013, 10:58 PM
jimoakley666 - 12/12/2013, 10:59 PM
So... Is Spider-Man not appearing in these or something? Surely he has to, or what,s the ruddy point?
ALegendaryPanda - 12/12/2013, 11:02 PM
SpiderParker - 12/12/2013, 11:04 PM
WHOA... that's quite a surprise.
SpiderParker - 12/12/2013, 11:05 PM
But, Is Peter Parker gonna be in the movie or not. O_O
ALegendaryPanda - 12/12/2013, 11:10 PM
We're actually getting a straight up VILLAIN movie! Sinister Six [frick] yeah!!
CharlesLord - 12/12/2013, 11:11 PM
I still dont trust them after SM3 with venom. And Goddard writing and maybe directing Sin6 eases the mind but it begs the question....why do they need their own spinoff movie in the first place?
AmazingFantasy - 12/12/2013, 11:13 PM
CaptainObvious - 12/12/2013, 11:13 PM
The Sinister Six do not need their own movie.
kylo0607 - 12/12/2013, 11:14 PM
Wow that was unexpected! I am a big fan of Venom. Bring it!
SpiderParker - 12/12/2013, 11:14 PM
It looks to me that Flash would be Venom and guess they gonna skip Peter and Eddie getting the Symbiote first.
Alphadog - 12/12/2013, 11:18 PM
Yeah cool. I thought they were gonna do Speedball to. They can still do it but then again, i don't even know if they have the rights.
xfan320 - 12/12/2013, 11:19 PM
Hello left field, I didn't realize the sinister six were standing out there...

Holy crap! This is definitely a surprise! I do wonder what the spider man casting situation is gonna be like?? Is Andrew Garfield gonna play him all the time? I hope so!

And what does this mean for all the Sinister Six teases that are in TASM2?!? And TASM3?? This is what I've always wanted, it's Almost too good to be true!!!

We're gonna be getting spidey's full rogue gallery soon enough!!!!
DumbledoreCalrissian - 12/12/2013, 11:19 PM
i want Carnage give me Carnage i need Carnage
TheJester187 - 12/12/2013, 11:20 PM
Wow best news cimes at the end of the year cant wait! S6!
TheJester187 - 12/12/2013, 11:21 PM
*comes my bad
Nerfherder1 - 12/12/2013, 11:21 PM
@jollem... Who is that in the lower left corner of the pic u posted!
DCfan89 - 12/12/2013, 11:23 PM
........ #fail
MightyZeus - 12/12/2013, 11:24 PM
Damn this is awesome. This is spectacular news. I'm sure a Venom spin off film can work. A Sinister Six movie might work but we'll see.

I'm glad Sony is serious about expanding TASM universe. Hopefully we'll see an announcement for Maximum Carnage or Silver Sable.
Vadakin - 12/12/2013, 11:24 PM
So wait. Is Sinister Six not a Spidey sequel then? Seems like a waste to have that villain team and not have Spidey.
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