Sony hired the co-writer and director of “The Cabin in the Woods” to write a script about the villains in Spidey’s world last December when the studio announced the project.
Goddard was at that time seen as having a shot at directing the film, and on Monday sources close to the project confirmed that he is the choice. His deal is not closed, however.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, opens May 2. “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” is scheduled for June 2016, with the fourth film in the franchise is due in May 2018.
Goddard, Orci, Kurtzman and Solomon will work with “Spider-Man” producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach — and “Amazing Spider-Man 2” director Marc Webb — to create and coordinate a pantheon of superheroes and villains that Sony hopes will populate the franchise with spin-off films for years.