It’s crazy that a few short years ago, the character of Spider-Man was headed in a completely different direction. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had yet to come out, and anticipation was high that Andrew Garfield would play the character for quite a long time, and that the Spider-Man world would expand into something that would include the likes of the Sinister Six.
Sadly, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spent a little too much effort trying to set up those films, and not enough making sure the movie itself was good enough. As a result, reception to the film was an all-time low for the franchise, and Sony ultimately scrapped any plans for an Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Sinister Six movie. Of course, that doesn’t mean no preemptive work was being done on the projects.
Speaking with Den of Geek, Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 helmer Marc Webb discussed some of the plans for the future of this universe:
“They were going to make a Sinister Six movie before we did the third one. But I wanted…Chris Cooper was going to come back and play the Goblin. We were going to freeze his head, and then he was going to be brought back to life. And then there was that character called The Gentleman. We had some notions about how to do it, but I think maybe we were thinking too far ahead when we started building in those things. But it was a fun exercise. I look back very fondly on those days. [Chris Cooper was] going to be the main villain. He was going to come out and lead the Sinister Six. We had talked about Vulture a little bit too, actually….”
Admittedly, it’s a bit difficult to separate out whether he’s talking about Sinister Six or Amazing Spider-Man 3, but regardless, it’s all the same universe, and would be seen as one continuing story, so it doesn’t matter too much. It all sounds a bit weird, otherworldly, and strange, and it’s interesting to hear the strange approach they were going to go in regards to the Green Goblin’s head.
While I can’t say I’d prefer this take over what we got with Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s always interesting to look back and see what could have been.
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SOURCE: Den of Geek