It used to be the bad guys were bad. There was no need to explain them or come up with some back story to explain why they became so villainous. It was simple enough for them to be bad and that was all. I didn’t care why Cobra Commander wanted to take over the world, why deep down Skeletor wanted to get into Castle Greyskull or why Drago kept beating down poor Apollo.
So it kinda bothers me in reading Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach’s comments with IGN about the plans for the “Sinister Six” movie as it seems like they’re more interested in making these six bad guys anti-heroes.
Tolmach: There’s no such thing as just a villain. There are villains by virtue of choices that people make but they always begin as humans, as characters. As flawed people; as tragic people.
You know great movies have been made about a bunch of bad guys who get together to do something. Yeah, I mean, there’s a huge tradition of it. Those are sometimes the greatest characters to watch. A bunch of broken people coming together for whatever reason.”
“As long as there’s that one thing in common: they’ll hate Spider-Man,” Arad says. “They’ll hate him because he’s so different from them. But then, you know when you sit by yourself somewhere and you think about it, they all had a different life at one time and that’s what’s so beautiful about the Spider-Man universe.
They have amazing stories if you look at it. And everybody’s looking for redemption; they’re unforgiven. Would you see one of the Sinister Six starting to feel like that? Yes. And people love it, by the way. They love when a villain finds his way back because we’re all very forgiving.”
I’m actually just fine with a villain being … a villain. I’ve got the hero to root for and sympathize with — Spider-Man perhaps being the best example of the down on his luck hero who can never catch a break. I don’t need his punching bag suddenly developing this sad story so I feel bad about his schemes getting thwarted. My least favorite comic or wrestling storyline? Those that turn a great villain into a hero that lacks all the things that made them a great character in the first place. Can you imagine a “Superman II” spin-off that tried to show General Zod, Non and Ursa as characters looking for redemption? Ugh. Maybe I’m overreacting, but I don’t like it one bit. We’ll see soon enough I suppose.