‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off ‘Sinister Six’ Names Drew Goddard Director

The “Cabin in the Woods” director was already writing the script for Sony’s tale of Spidey’s villains

Drew Goddard is closing a deal to direct “Sinister Six,” the “Spider-Man” spin-off that he is writing for Sony Pictures.

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.

At the same time, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon were named as the writing team on another “Spider-Man” spin-off, “Venom,” which Kurtzman will direct.

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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.