We’ve been expecting big news from the Spider-Man universe this week, announcements of potential spin-offs were all but a given but Sony have confirmed what their plans for the future will be. The Sinister Six and Venom will be the first characters to get their own movie that will expand the Spider-Man cinematic universe and contain story arcs that will crossover with each other and the sequels.

Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad said;

"In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach”

There’s some mighty talented people involved in these new films and the presence of Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) is a reassuring sign that Sony are serious about the future. Venom is a deeply complicated character and is long overdue a whole movie to himself, the previous attempt with Venom in Sam Raimi’s second sequel was a missed opportunity and Sony are keen to correct. 

Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach added, “This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With more than fifty years’ wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man universe is truly boundless; in addition, the Spider-Man comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we’re excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world.”

Lets just address the Marvel shaped elephant in the room, every studio that has superhero properties is trying to replicate what Marvel Studios have done with some studios being in better positions to do this than others. Warner Bros are jamming Batman and Wonder Woman into their Man of Steel sequel, Fox are time-traveling with X-Men Days of Future Past and a reboot of Fantastic Four that might crossover with the X-Men universe. The success of Marvel Studios has spurred other studios to try and do better while superhero movies are still as big as they are, although I was somewhat underwhelmed with Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man I couldn’t be happier that Venom is finally getting to take centre stage.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in cinemas May 2014.