Before Sony and Marvel announced last month that Spider-Man will be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony was developing The Sinister Six spinoff, which had Drew Goddard attached to write and direct. Today, Latino Review is reporting that Sony and Marvel are bringing on Drew Goddard to write and direct their new Spider-Man standalone movie that will also feature the villainous Sinister Six group and even Iron Man from the MCU. None of these details have been confirmed by Sony or Marvel at this time, but this report does reveal some very intriguing details, if proven to be true.
Sony is reportedly scrapping all of their planned Spider-Man movies, including The Sinister Six, Venom and Aunt May spinoffs to, "focus on a story involving Spidey versus The Sinister Six." This reboot is reportedly entitled Spectacular Spider-Man, which will not be an origin story, but will focus on a young Peter Parker in his high school years. The report states that Sony and Marvel are seeking "an unknown actor" to play Spidey, so he can "grow into the role" for multiple trilogies. The site also reports that "a major part" of the new Spider-Man movie will feature Spidey battling with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) as a part of his "audition" to join The Avengers. The studios reportedly want to release three new Spectacular Spider-Man movies over consecutive summers, starting with this first reboot on July 28, 2017.
There have been reports of actors such as Dylan O'Brien and Josh Hutcherson being in contention to play Peter Parker, but Latino Review reports that casting will not begin for a few more months, while Sony and Marvel put the finishing touches on their deal. Drew Goddard made his directorial debut with 2012's The Cabin in the Woods. He also wrote the screenplays for Cloverfield, World War Z and upcoming projects such as The Martian and Robopocalypse.