December saw Sony announce new movies for its Spider-Man universe with Venom and the Sinister Six.
Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci and Ed Solomon are writing the Venom movie with Drew Goddard on Sinister Six.
Now speaking with IGN, Orci offers some updates.
As fans of the comics will know, there have been a few characters that have shared the Venom symbiote. Peter Parker and Eddie Brock were featured in the Sam Raimi movies, but the comics also saw Mac Gargan, known for being Scorpion, and Flash Thomson, Peter's long time friend, as Venom as well.
Orci doesn't specifically state that Venom will not be Eddie Brock, but he seems to hint at such as he states they are going to shake things up, which seems to indicate Flash Thompson will be the Venom for the new movie.
I think they're ready to have things shaken up. I think we've all seen everything. You've seen everything. You can probably predict the ending of most things even better than a general audience, but a general audience is still pretty good at it. They can see it all coming. So we have to shake it up. You can't just keep telling the same stories every day.
Regarding the Sinister Six movie, it's noted that it could possibly follow along the same lines as Marvel's Thunderbolts comic book which tends to feature villains being more as anti-heroes. Orci brings up a good example of what they could do with the movie with a comparison to Vick Mackie, from the The Shield TV series (note: not the ABC series; it's the Michael Chiklis cop show).
That's the discussion we're having right now; how exactly do you do that, and how do you do it without betraying the audience and making them all mean? Drew Goddard [Cabin in the Woods] is going to be writing that one, so it's kind of his problem. [Laughs] I'm kidding. We're all working on each other's stuff. So we want to be true to it, but there are some antiheroes in this day and age. There's been examples of that even on TV -- Vic Mackey on The Shield, one of the great antiheroes of all time. There are ways to milk that story. Audiences have seen everything. They've seen all the good guys who never do anything wrong. Is there a story in seeing the other side? That's the challenge, and that's the fun. I'm not sure how we're going to do that yet.
Regarding release dates for the movies, Orci offered that the 2018 "Amazing Spider-Man 4" movie will be another Spider-Man film; that it's not a placeholder for Venom or Sinister Six, which do not have as-of-yet announced release dates.