Why would the Spider-Man writers have abandoned the original sinister six plan? The continued success of NWH shows that the movie theater is far from dead. Because the recent Marvel Studios film was also excellent and brought back familiar faces, it is helpful. Tobey Maguire’s return was a highlight. However, the story’s ability to juggle five different villains—more than any other live-action superhero film has faced—was perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the film.
It was quickly noted, however, that the selection of five antagonists fell just short of forming the Sinister Six, one of Spider-most Man’s infamous enemies. The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s post-credits sequence proves that if Sony and Marvel Studios had just one more person in that fight, they could have finally achieved what they have been attempting for years now.
When it came time to pick the villain for the night, the options included the risen Mysterio, the Vulture played by Michael Keaton, or even Rhino played by Paul Giamatti. Despite this, the final film only included five of the six characters. Is there any truth to the rumor that the Sinister Six would be brought to life in No Way Home?
Spider-Man: No Way Home writers Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna were asked if there were any plans to expand the Sinister Six to include a sixth villain in the film. The only thing McKenna said about their sinister considerations was, “I’m not sure,” before Sommers jumped in with, “Yes, there was.”
Even though the writer acknowledged that “there was always that talk of, should we be doing [the official six],” he later went on to praise the fans for allowing him to “reinvent” and deviate from established conventions:
“Yes, there was. I mean yeah, there was definitely talk. Like, who’s the Sinister Six here… you could always say that Venom was the sixth if you want. He’s in the tag… but he never made it out of Mexico. There was always that talk of, should we be doing [the official six]? Again, though, I think what’s so fun about working off the canon is that you can reinvent. And we know that people know the canon, but maybe everything doesn’t line up. Maybe his past with Uncle Ben isn’t what you think it was. Was Venom the sixth? Or was there someone else lurking? Who were some of those shapes [in the sky]?”
Sony came so close to having the group on screen that it is a shame. Fans would have loved to see Sony take on Spider-Man. This is something the studio has been aiming to do for some time but hasn’t been able to pull it off.
However, given the plot of the film, it would have been difficult to include the Sinister Six in their proper form. Furthermore, this would have detracted from the overall impact of the group. Even though Peter’s story was overshadowed by so many antagonists, the creatives made a wise decision and managed to keep the focus on him.
Even if the villainous team-up never appears on screen, there’s still hope for the curious public. A source tells the New York Times that Sony is still working on a way to bring these characters to life. A Spider-Man movie starring Andrew Garfield could bring the team back together in the Venom and Morbius universes if that were to happen.
Whatever they do with the character, the modern golden age of Spider-Man fans is here. Quality stories about the infamous webhead are being told all over the place. Hopefully, one of those stories will include the infamous Sinister Six in some way.