The Amazing Spiderman 2

With the first “Amazing Spider-Man” grossing $752 million worldwide and the follow-up swinging into theaters on May 2, it’s high time that we learned more about the growing franchise.

After recently confirming the two upcoming still-undated spin-offs, producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad discussed the Venom and Sinister Six sequels with SFX earlier this week.

Tolmach hinted that the villains will be walking a fine line between goodie-baddie.

“Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at,” he said. “It’s an awesome challenge because some of the greatest characters are in fact villains, and how you construct that is so much fun. People love those bad characters if they’re good bad characters, and love to watch them. And nobody’s all good, nobody’s all bad.”

In fact, Arad said Venom’s moral ambiguousness makes him the ideal adversary for Spider-Man.

“Venom hated only one guy – Spider-Man,” Arad told SFX. “He wasn’t innately bad, he was a shortcut guy, not really into fighting hard for achievement. That’s the Venom story. Can he also be a good guy? As you know, Venom was also called ‘lethal defender of the innocent.’ We had a great history with him, especially caring for the homeless, which is a very sensitive issue and something that many of us are very concerned with. Our villains all represent a different side of the misunderstood, and some of them unfortunately turned to the dark side.”

While Drew Goddard is writing The Sinister Six movie, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinker are penning the Venom film.

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