Way back before Spider-Man swung into the MCU in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony dreamed of creating a Sinister Six spinoff film. In fact, the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spends a fair bit of time setting up that movie, but we never did get to see this spinoff featuring Spider-Man’s biggest foes grouping up to fight the friendly neighborhood webhead. However, the recently released book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios reveals that in one draft of that movie, we would have had a scene of Spider-Man riding a T-rex to battle villains that ended up in the Savage Land.
There were many drafts of the canceled Sinister Six movie, and the one with Spider-Man riding the T-rex was obtained by veteran screenwriter Drew Goddard. While many people already knew that the Savage Land featured prominently in drafts for the film, this book’s revelation that Spider-Man would be riding a T-rex is a real surprise for almost everyone. Somewhat surprisingly, the book also reveals how Sony very nearly beat Marvel to the punch when it came to some of the MCU’s later multiversal madness.
A newly published book details information about the unreleased Spider-Man spinoff movie, Sinister Six, which includes Spider-Man riding atop a dinosaur.
You might expect one of the many members of the Sinister Six (in this film, that would have included heavy hitters like Doctor Octopus and the Sandman) to be the Big Bad in their own film, but it looks like the main threat Spider-Man would have had to face was a weird alien named Gog.
In the original Marvel comics, Gog is a C-lister alien bad guy from a different dimension, and while we don’t know how accurate to his lore this movie would have been, its plot would have featured Doctor Octopus trying to bring the alien over from a parallel world.
If this Sinister Six movie had actually come out soon after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, then Sony would have introduced the idea of Marvel heroes and villains zipping into parallel dimensions long before the MCU went “all-in” on this idea in films like Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and TV shows like Loki.
We don’t know much about the specifics of this canceled movie’s plot, but it involves the time/space continuum getting breached. That may or may not be connected to another interesting tidbit: the movie would have had scenes in London and Paris, which is unusual for a street-level hero like Spidey.
If this Sinister Six movie had actually come out soon after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, then Sony would have introduced the idea of Marvel heroes and villains zipping into parallel dimensions long before the MCU went “all-in” on this idea…
While this Sinister Six movie was never meant to be, Sony is still trying to make the idea happen: in the post-credits scene for Morbius (don’t tell us you didn’t watch this cinematic classic), Adrian Toomes approaches our titular vampire hero to propose the idea of a team-up.
Michael Keaton’s Toomes is better known to fans as the Vulture, and this scene was likely meant to excite fans in the same way that Nick Fury teasing the Avengers at the end of Iron Man did, but this scene (like the movie it’s attached to) didn’t exactly move the needle with the fandom.
Considering what a flop Morbius was and that such a spinoff would (like Venom and Morbius) likely not have Spider-Man in it, we doubt that a modern Sinister Six movie would be much of a success. But if Sony can throw in Spider-Man riding a T-rex in at least one scene, we’ll be there with a big tub of popcorn on premiere night. Bonus idea: Sony, pretty please, could he inexplicably shout “it’s Morbin’ time” while he does it?