So Drew Goddard is probably going to direct the Sinister Six movie, which is probably going to be released after Amazing Spider-Man 3, and which will probably star a lot of Spider-Man villains, at least one of whom will be less of a “villain” than an antihero who serves as the audience surrogate. (My money’s on Black Cat, but there’s always Sandman, the go-to not-really-evil villain for decades now.) Goddard was already announced as a member of Sony’s spin-off think thank, but if the news is not surprising, it’s still a bit unusual. Goddard’s sole directorial credit pre-Six was 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods, the incredible meta-horror comedy that did exactly as well at the box office as most meta-horror comedies tend to do.
So, an introduction for the uninitiated. Drew Goddard is one of the few writers to emerge equally from the Abrams and Whedon schools. His first major writing gig was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, followed by a season on Angel…after which he jumped to Alias and ultimately Lost. His only solo writing credit on Lost was in season 1’s “Outlaws,” a pretty-good episode where Sawyer hunts a metaphorical boar and plays “I Never” with Kate. Goddard also co-wrote two Hall of Fame episodes that may offer some ambient hints toward The Sinister Six: “The Man Behind the Curtain” and “The Shape of Things to Come” (co-written by Elizabeth Sarnoff and Brian K. Vaughan, respectively) were the first two episodes to center on Ben Linus, and the episodes variously treat him as a misunderstood downtrodden misfit, a proud fool who despises the world that shunned him, an evil genius, a zealot, a mysterious puppetmaster, and a Bondian superspy – sort of a combination of Sandman, Vulture, Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and Chameleon, if you will.
While Lost was still on, Abrams produced Goddard’s script for Cloverfield, the sneaky and underrated twentysomethings-vs.-Godzilla horror movie that normalized the found-footage genre (while also pushing it indelibly toward self-parody). From there came the great Cabin in the Woods, co-written by Joss Whedon, the film that deconstructed a whole genre’s worth of tropes – something that could be welcome in the superhero genre, particularly in a movie that’s at least nominally about bad guys. (Goddard also assisted Damon Lindelof on the World War Z Act Three Rescue Mission.)
Goddard’s most recent announced project was the Netflix Daredevil series, which is either where things get confusing or where they start to make complete sense. The Netflix show is being created by Marvel Studios, which lives in the same super-corporation as Marvel Comics; The Sinister Six is being created by Sony, which licenses the characters from Marvel and which is theoretically “the competition.” Still, it’s clear that Goddard has superheroes on his mind – or anyhow, that he has dark corners of superhero universes on his mind. Point is, Sinister Six should be interesting.