You’ll probably remember that the SINISTER SIX movie and VENOM movie were confirmed by Sony a few weeks ago, but according to their main man at the typewriter Robert Orci, they don’t really know what to do. These flicks will feature villains as the protagonists, and in the world of superhero films, that’s just something you DON’T do. By the time Sinister Six debuts, we’ll already have watched three Amazing Spider-Man films. How could we so quickly switch our allegiances from Spidey to the bad guys? It doesn’t work that way!!!
Well, that’s actually part of Orci’s concern. Here’s what the scribe had to say:
“That’s the discussion we’re having right now; how exactly do you do that, and how do you do it without betraying the audience and making them all mean? Drew Goddard [Cabin Fever] is going to be writing that one, so it’s kind of his problem. [Laughs] I’m kidding. We’re all working on each other’s stuff. So we want to be true to it, but there are some antiheroes in this day and age. There’s been examples of that even on TV — Vic Mackey on The Shield, one of the great antiheroes of all time. There are ways to milk that story. Audiences have seen everything. They’ve seen all the good guys who never do anything wrong. Is there a story in seeing the other side? That’s the challenge, and that’s the fun. I’m not sure how we’re going to do that yet.”
Then again, who doesn’t love a good onscreen criminal? The entire Ocean’s Eleven series is predicated on the notion that quirky, suave criminals are kinda alright dudes. And now that I’ve thought about it, Ocean’s Eleven shares that trait with a shit ton of other flicks (Heat, Italian Job, The Town), and it’s a pretty basic story template… which Robert Orci should employ!
The Sinister Six movie could easily transform itself into an endearing team-up flick, even a pseudo heist film. So rest easy Robert Orci, shit’s alright.