Sony is in the middle of once again trying to create their own Spider-Man universe, despite the shared custody agreement they have with Marvel Studios. This isn't the first time Sony has tried to make their own cinematic universe and it didn't work out. Marc Webb was the director behind the two Amazing Spider-Man movies and he recently sat down with Den of Geek to talk the third installment in that series and the Sinister Six movie that never was:
"Yeah, we were talking about the Sinister Six. 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."
Webb admits that they were putting the cart before the horse but this does explain why Chris Cooper was around for literally one scene and then died. He was coming back for the sequel:
"Well, that 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…"
Many people speculated that there was a lot of interference in the Amazing movies because of the timing. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was taking the world by storm and people were wondering why Spider-Man couldn't show up. It turns out the rumors of studio meddling were false; Webb says, for better or worse, those are his movies:
"I understand why people think that, but those are my movies. It is your responsibility as a director to make those. Everything that happens is your problem. I was never pushed around. A lot of smart people had a lot of strong opinions about things, but it was my movie."
When asked if he could go back and do anything differently, he would give himself more time to develop his movies:
"I think I'd just take more time making those movies. But that goes into accepting, when you sign up for it, making clear what you're willing to accept. I didn't know how to build a movie like that when I was starting off. So I think I'd be more careful about that now."
Webb doesn't seem bitter about what happened to his Spider-Man universe and even mentions that he really wants to see Spider-Man: Homecoming. Webb's new movie, The Only Living Boy In New York, is out this week.