When Sony announced that they were creating a Spider-Man universe on the movie screen, with one movie coming out every year, the logistics were puzzling. When they announced the first two spin-offs were for bad guys – specifically, The Sinister Six and Venom – it was interesting but underwhelming. Well, producer Matt Tolmach did an interview at the Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiere last week and had some interesting comments about the movie.
According to Tolmach, the word villain is not one that he likes to use. He gave Venom as an example of how villain is a bad word to use. He said that Venom has an “innate sense of goodness and justice.” He is right. Actually, the only thing in the world that makes Venom a bad guy is he hates Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Venom was rejected and Eddie Brock was embarrassed by our hero.
As for The Sinister Six, that is a little different. If you look back over the Spider-Man movies, you see that they are not all bad. The Green Goblin in first Spider-Man movie was Norman Osborn going insane. Doctor Octopus was a good man drove over the edge by the death of his wife. Sandman was also a tragic villain. In The Amazing Spider-Man, Curt Connors was a good man in a Jekyll and Hyde situation.
Tolmach described the Sinister Six as men who have different characters involved, some who are redeemable and others who are really horrible. In an interview with IGN, Tolmach also talked about The Sinister Six and said “There’s no such thing as just a villain. There are villains by virtue of choices that people make but they always begin as humans, as characters. As flawed people; as tragic people. You know great movies have been made about a bunch of bad guys who get together to do something.”
He makes a good point, as movies like The Magnificent Seven and Reservoir Dogs are great examples. The Usual Suspects might be another solid comparison. According to Avi Arad, “everybody’s looking for redemption; they’re unforgiven. Would you see one of the Sinister Six starting to feel like that? Yes. And people love it, by the way. They love when a villain finds his way back because we’re all very forgiving.”
With that said, The Sinister Six sounds very interesting, especially with the recent news that Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard coming aboard to direct the Spider-Man spin-off movie.
Check out the full Tomlach interview at the Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiere below, as he talks about The Sinister Six and Venom Spider-Man spin-off movies: