Let’s take a brief memory-trip back to the time before last year’s big Sony hack, when the studio had a lot of ambitious and sort of messy plans to rescue their Spider-Man franchise from itself. In addition to potential spinoffs (including an all-female movie and rumors of an Aunt May film), Sony was also planning a Sinister Six film with Drew Goddard writing and directing. Goddard’s project was the only real promising Spidey spinoff of the bunch, and it turns out that it might still see the light of day.

When Marvel and Sony announced their deal to reboot Spider-Man back in February, it seemed as though all those potential spinoff and sequel ideas were off the table and the studios were wiping the Spidey slate clean. As for Sinister Six, Sony nixed the November 2016 release date and put Goddard’s project on the back burner — though they didn’t kill the idea entirely.

In a new interview with iO9, Goddard says that his Sinister Six idea isn’t exclusive to Sony and Marc Webb’s version of Spider-Man, and can actually work with just about any version of the character, no matter what his ongoing situation is in the solo films:

 

My vision of that movie was a summer annual. So you didn’t have to worry about continuity. It was just, ‘We take Peter, put him on an adventure, we put him back in his life.’ I intentionally wanted a movie that didn’t have to worry about mythology and continuity. It was important to me to make a movie that could stand on its own. So the good news is, you know, [laughs], it slots in very well to any plan anybody ever wants. We just need to let a couple years go by, I think.

 

Sony is also developing an animated Spider-Man film with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and like Goddard’s vision for Sinister Six, this story will be a standalone entirely separate from the continuity of rebooted, live-action Spidey.

So there is still hope for Goddard’s Sinister Six, and given how well he’s proven himself as a screenwriter and director, the prospect remains exciting — it’s actually even more exciting now that Marvel has some control over the future of Spider-Man.

 

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