Drew Goddard Set To Direct Sony's 'Sinister Six'; May Be Released Before 'The Amazing Spider-Man 4'

Marvel Studios' cinematic universe may already be in its second phase, but Sony's own shared universe is just about to get started when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters next month. Fans will be keeping their eyes and ears pealed when the franchise's second installment hits theaters, as the film's trailers have already teased a few references to Sony's upcoming Spider-Man spin-offs; Venom and Sinister Six. While the studio hasn't given us much info about these upcoming films since their announcement, they've finally broken their silence about a few key details. It's now been confirmed that Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) will be directing the Sinister Six film (Which he's already writing), and both spin-offs may be hitting theaters sooner than we expected.

The confirmation of Goddard's involvement shouldn't come as a surprise to many, as his name was mentioned as the most probable choice to direct the Sinister Six film upon its announcement. The original announcement gave us news that Goddard was already set for script duties on the project, and was really the only candidate we knew was in contention for the director's chair. Goddard's previous work certainly will put some fans at ease, as he's certainly a talented and geek friendly director for Sony to bring on board. Goddard's past work under the wing of The Avengers' director Joss Whedon will help his cause, given the fact that Sony essentially wants Sinister Six to be the villain equivalent of said film. Goddard's upcoming work on Marvel and Netflix's upcoming Daredevil TV show doesn't seem to be a scheduling problem, given his willingness to accept the project.
While we still have yet to get any real details on either spin-off film, producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad have finally broken their silence to IGN. In regards to The Sinister Six film, both were quick to point out how the film's essentially a story of redemption for the Spider-Man villains included in the line-up. Although the two admit the team's members will be united over their hatred for the web-slinger, they played coy when asked whether Spidey would actually be making an appearance. As for the Venom movie, probably the most intriguing detail came from Arad, who stated they're considering Carnage as a possible antagonist for the film.
But probably the most appealing piece of news in regards to both Venom and Sinister Six is that of which Tolmach let slip during an interview with Den of Geek is that the films will actually be arriving before The Amazing Spider-Man 4. The fourth film of the series has been garnering a lot of curiosity after director Marc Webb recently confirmed he won't be returning to direct the film. While Sony's set May 4th, 2018 release date was originally thought to be occupied by TASM 4, the release date may in fact be given to one of the two spin-offs. It's still hard to tell what in fact the studio has in mind for The Amazing Spider-Man 4, yet it's difficult to imagine the aging Andrew Garfield reprising the role so far down the line. 
So are you happy with Drew Goddard directing Sinister Six? Would you want to see Venom face-off against Carnage in the upcoming spin-off? And what're your thoughts on Sony's plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 4 thus far? Let us know below!