‘Spider-Man’ spinoffs: Venom, Sinister Six to get movie treatment

Dec. 13, 2013 | 11:09 a.m.

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone film an action scene on location for the film "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on June 4, 2013 in New York City. (Aby Baker/Getty Images)

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone filming "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on April 17, 2013 in New York City. (Aby Baker/Getty Images)

Jamie Foxx as Electro on the set of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on April 15, 2013 on the streets of New York City. (Bobby Bank/WireImage)

Jamie Foxx as Electro on the set of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on April 15, 2013 on the streets of New York City. (Bobby Bank/WireImage)

Jamie Foxx filming on location for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on April 21, 2013 in New York City. (Bobby Bank/WireImage)

Peter Parker’s big screen universe just got a whole lot bigger.

Sony has announced plans for new movies about Spider-Man’s nemesis Venom and the collective of bad guys known as the Sinister Six via its Electro Arrives website. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon will write the screenplay for “Venom,” while Drew Goddard will write, and potentially direct, “The Sinister Six,” focusing on the the villains in the franchise.

Additionally, Kurtzman, Orci and Jeff Pinkner will write the script for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” which is set to arrive in theaters June 10, 2016.

It’s been a busy time for the webslinger in terms of news. On Dec. 5, an action-packed trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ arrived, showcasing Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker facing off against a number of foes, including Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. The film also sees Emma Stone return as Parker’s gal pal Gwen Stacy, with Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan playing Norman Osborn and his son, Harry.

Sally Field also reprises her role as Peter’s Aunt May, and Campbell Scott makes an appearance as Peter’s father, Richard.

Days later, the studio announced that the anticipated sequel from director Marc Webb (“[500] Days of Summer”) — the follow-up to 2012′s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,” also directed by Webb — would be released in IMAX 3D, as well as on conventional movie screens, when it opens next summer. The sequel will begin its international roll out April 16, 2014, and will debut in North America on May 2.

This summer, photographers snapped shots from the “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ set of Garfield and Stone together, and of Foxx as Electro. (Click through the gallery above to see some of the images.) The Electro photos, taken while the filmmakers were shooting in New York’s Times Square, show Foxx wearing blue makeup and prosthetics, as well as an LED-lined hoodie.

In the original comics, Electro is an electrician named Max Dillon who gains the ability to generate and control electricity after he’s struck by lightning while repairing a power line. The character, who first appeared in 1964, is typically seen wearing a green suit and a yellow lightning bolt mask, but Foxx’s Electro appears to be more closely modeled on the Ultimate version of the villain.

– Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark

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