It's a rare phenomenon for animated films to capture the essence of visual splendor as flawlessly as Sony's Spider-Verse franchise. The latest entry, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, released this summer, managed to up the stakes, leaving audiences in awe of its visual artistry.
Yet, like any masterpiece, it wasn't without its omissions—portions of artful ideas and concepts that didn't make it to the final reel. One intriguing idea that never saw the light of day was a unique interpretation of an alternate world.
This wasn't a reality that saw different versions of Spider-Man coming to the forefront, but rather a universe where the web-slinging hero didn't exist at all. In his stead? The notorious Sinister Six. Aymeric Kevin, the concept artist for the film, hinted at this captivating alternate reality on Instagram.
"Earth-42 world exploration," he shared, offering fans a glimpse into the mind of a creator. "Early concept where I was trying to portray a world with no Spider-Man and where the Sinister 6 are running the city."
Sony’s Sinister Aspirations: A Live-Action Dream?
But it's not just in animation where the Sinister Six seem to be leaving their mark.
Speculations are rife that they could soon break into the realm of live-action, a terrain Sony has been eyeing for a while. In an exclusive for Spider-Man: Far From Home's home media release, Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal teased a potential alliance of villains. "These villains we now have in our universe happen to be characters that are in the Sinister Six," Pascal hinted, leaving fans rife with speculation.
"There may be something that happens with that." And if there’s one thing that could cement the likelihood of a Sinister Six film, it's the mention of Drew Goddard. Known for his work on Daredevil, Goddard is seemingly the missing piece in the puzzle.
As Pascal candidly mentioned in an interview with Vanity Fair, "I'm just waiting for Drew to be ready to direct it. I would do anything with Drew Goddard. I'm just waiting for him to tell me he wants to." It's clear: The world of Spider-Man is vast, ever-evolving, and brimming with possibilities.