Until recently, the most alluring aspect of newly found, previously unknown and unproduced film scripts was the fact that we would never have the opportunity to watch them in movie theaters. Instead, fans were left to imagine their own versions, with only tiny, vague glimpses of the remains of Hollywood’s abandoned projects.
Nowadays, we have the Multiverse at our disposal. This allows us to bring back abandoned scripts by using the Marvel quantum wand, reviving entire alternate realities. For instance, if the studio can incorporate Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Professor X from 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, as well as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parkers from Sony’s Spider-Man movies, there are endless possibilities for other resurrections.
Let’s talk about Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six movie, which you may not have heard about in a while. In 2011, Goddard gained popularity for directing the fantastic horror-comedy Cabin in the Woods. Since then, there have been speculations in the geek community that his script for the supervillain epic (which was originally planned to feature Garfield) could be adapted for the upcoming Spider-Man films led by Marvel and starring Tom Holland.
Although it never actually occurred, several of the villains we anticipated seeing in Sinister Six – such as Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, Rhys Ifans’ Lizard, and Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman (along with Tom Hardy’s Venom in a post-credit scene) – did make an appearance in the fantastic film Spider-Man: No Way Home. This event seemed to put an end to any possibility of Goddard’s script being brought to life, as it cleverly changed the course of the story and made the idea of a more traditional Sinister Six film unnecessary.
However, it was revealed that Goddard’s script for Spider-Man included a scene where he travels through the Savage Land on a T rex. This information comes from the newly published book, MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, which discusses Marvel’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World, a popular comic since 1941. Originally, the Savage Land was planned to be the setting for Spidey’s epic showdown with the villains in the sequel to 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which would have starred Andrew Garfield. However, these plans were scrapped after the movie failed at the box office. It’s been speculated that the villainous team would have consisted of Doctor Octopus, The Vulture, Sandman, Mysterio, The Black Cat, and possibly even Spider-Man himself.
The book stated that the objective was to unite all the villains for a Sinister Six movie. The studio employed screenwriter Drew Goddard to create a draft and by the end of 2014, he had a version in which Spider-Man and his enemies would go to the Savage Land, with Spider-Man riding a T rex.
According to Goddard, the plan for Sinister Six was to turn it into a full-fledged Spider-Man film rather than just a supervillain movie like DC’s Suicide Squad. As a result, it’s not surprising that Spider-Man would have a significant role. However, little else is known about the project, and the concept of Spidey riding a dinosaur may bring to mind Hollywood producer Jon Peters’ infamous fixation on including a giant mechanical spider in one of his films, eventually realized in the flop Wild Wild West starring Will Smith. But is this really such a terrible idea, especially if the web-slinger in question is Andrew Garfield reprising his role and teaming up with other Spider-Men to defeat their enemies in an exotic Marvel setting?
Ultimately, the production company must find a way to increase the stakes after Parker physically created a rift in the Multiverse during the previous installment. Perhaps having superheroes team up with primates, felines, and ancient creatures in a hidden tropical setting within Antarctica is truly the next level of Spider-Man content we should all strive for at this moment.