Fans rejoiced earlier this year when Sony finally let its prized possession, Spider-Man, join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The move, however, wasn’t without its casualties. Among them, Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six, a massive super-villain film fans had been anticipating for years.

Well it turns out maybe that movie isn’t as dead as we all assumed. In fact, if the powers that be at Marvel and Sony want, it could still become part of the plan, instead of collateral damage. We talked to Goddard, who wrote the upcoming film version of The Martian, and he filled us in a bit about his Sinister Six film. The Cabin in the Woods director revealed to io9 that he wrote Sinister Six with a very specific vision—one that could easily fit into the future of the Web-slinger.

“My vision of that movie was a summer annual,” Goddard told io9. “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.”

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That’s exciting—especially since we know Marvel both loves Goddard (he’s worked on both seasons of Netflix’s Daredevil) and has big plans for Spider-Man (a new series of films starts in 2017.) Maybe Goddard’s film becomes a future Sony/Marvel crossover.

Plus, despite lots of his hard work getting pushed aside by the new Spider-Man plan, Goddard is totally on board with what’s about to happen.

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“The tricky part about all this is I love this plan,” he said. “I love that you get to see Spider-Man in Marvel movies. I think that’s a great thing. I’m on board with that decision because as a fan that’s what I want. So who knows what the future holds? This is Hollywood, man, you’ve gotta play the long game.”

But isn’t The Sinister Six about those specific villains, more than Spider-Man? Not really, teased Goddard.

“It was a Spider-Man movie,” Goddard said. “It was the giant, epic Spider-Man movie of my dreams.”

We’ll have more about Goddard’s next film, The Martian, leading up to the October 2 release.


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