If you were looking forward to seeing Spider-Man’s six greatest (film) enemies team-up in their solo movie to plan their revenge against Spider-Man, you might be slightly disappointed. In an interview with IGN, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tomalch revealed that Sinister Six will be more a tale of redemption, where “the villains aren’t necessarily portrayed as villains.” Tomalch specifically mentioned how the film would attempt to take a more sympathetic approach with these characters.
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.
Arad and Tomalch wouldn’t confirm whether Spider-Man would actually appear in the story, but Arad insisted that the Web-Slinger would have an important presence in the film regardless.
As long as there’s that one thing in common: they’ll hate Spider-Man. They’ll hate him because he’s so different from them. But then, you know when you sit by yourself somewhere and you think about it, they all had a different life at one time and that’s what’s so beautiful about the Spider-Man universe. They have amazing stories if you look at it. And 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.
I’ve stated my trepidation in several articles on Sony doing spinoff movies of Spider-Man, but I’ve tried to stay optimistic. That being said, a story where we’re forced to sympathize with the bad guys doesn’t sound like the best approach. Although I haven’t seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet, from what I’ve seen, these villains have no interest in redeeming themselves. They didn’t band together in the comics for group therapy; they worked with each other to kill Spider-Man because he’s always foiled their plans. Granted, in these movies they’ve only fought him once or twice, but killing him to redeem themselves still doesn’t make much sense.
The only villain that this could conceivably work for is Venom, and since he’s already getting his own film, just do a redemption story for him. Why do these Spidey villains need to try to become better people? If you’re bothering to make a Sinister Six film, just do a villains version of The Avengers and show them plotting to take down their nemesis. That would be a lot more innovative and bad-ass than this redemption story. This reeks of desperation.