Sony Has a Sinister Plan for Spider-Man

Dane DeHaan stars as Harry Osborn and the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, due in U.S. theaters on May 2, 2014. Credit: Sony Pictures.

Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) is hoping that fans want to see Spider-Man's foes at their deadly best, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Specifically, Tim says the studio appears have crafted The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as a stepping stone film in which rage aimed at the titular character helps drive development of an entirely new franchise: The Sinister Six, a team of Spider-Man's greatest foes.

We've known for a while that Sony wants to make a film starring the villains. A new photo showing a rather terrifying look for Dane DeHaan as the Green Goblin suggests just how serious the studio and filmmaker Marc Webb are taking the effort.

There's risk, of course. Adding too many character to any film increases the odds viewers will leave the theater dazed and confused.

And yet there's logic to Sony's ambitions. Years of developing several characters has allowed Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) Marvel Cinematic Universe to blossom into a $5.6 billion cash cow. Tim says The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is shaping up to be Sony's first step toward creating something similar -- not a Spider-Man franchise so much as an entire Spider-Man Cinematic Universe.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What are you expecting from The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Do you believe Sony can create a Spider-Man universe comparable to what Marvel is building? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand, and whether you would buy, sell, or short Sony stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 9:53 AM, batman35 wrote:

    Which do you think Gwen Stacy is going to die in?

  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 12:13 PM, cruizerdave wrote:

    Eh. The first Amazing Spider-Man was only "amazing" in name only. It was more like The Average Spider-Man, a paint by numbers adaption that mistook Peter as a sullen hipster, and not a social outcast, and clumsy rewriting of the original Spider-Man film as originality. Take for example, "with great power comes great responsibility" is changed to "If you have the ability to do something, and you can do it, you have a moral obligation ..." blah, blah, blah.

    Now this one is written by the same idiots that brought up Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and Star Trek into Darkness, both of which suffered from terrible scripts.

    The writers of this are simply not talented enough to balance what they are going to need to balance to do what this article is suggesting.

  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 12:40 PM, scottevil21 wrote:

    This might just be me being an insufferable Sci Fi nerd but that picture of dane dehaan reminds me of the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. I don't know why but it does, can anyone else see it?

  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 7:28 PM, Richardragan wrote:

    im not so sure about a Sinister Six movie first they have changed how the Green Goblin looks .then they changed the Rino into a Transformer and when did Electro get burned wasnt he white .We dont know yet who the other three members will be but if they mess them up like these three it will crash and burn. Ill wait to see who the other three are but so far im not all that excited ...Sony has a record of messing their movies up like they have done with the fantistic fail movie ...but i wish them Goodluck

  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 10:42 PM, bcweir wrote:

    I thought Harry Osborne was supposed to be the Green Goblin, not the Green Fairy.

  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2014, at 1:38 PM, Nao43 wrote:

    JUST DO VENOM AND CARNAGE.. no one gives a crap about electro, rhino, vulture, any goblins, any of that crap... just VENOM

  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2014, at 11:36 PM, Mortebellum wrote:

    First off, Norman Osborne is supposed to be the Green Goblin, Harry later becomes the Hobgoblin. I like it when movies stick to the actual comic books and keep the continuity correct. Rhino is not a man in a robotic suit. The Green goblin doesnt just look like an angsty teen who's tweeked out on mountain dew. And the overall Sinister Six is simply a filler selection of bad guys that all together couldnt beat Spiderman in any of the team ups... Come on, the Vulture? Seriously? Spiderman comics DO have a much more intense bad guy line up available to choose from... they should start there, not in the saturday morning cartoon line up.

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Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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