Sony Pictures has announced two spinoff films that will take place within the Spider-Man universe, one focusing on Black Cat and Silver Sable and another following fan favorite Venom.
This is about to get really confusing. OK, so back in February of 2015 Marvel struck a deal with Sony Pictures to “share” the character of Spider-Man. The gist of the deal is that Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films, but Spider-Man could now appear in Marvel films and Kevin Feige (president of Marvel Studios) would be a producer on the solo Spider-Man film set to arrive in theaters this July. You can read all about the nitty-gritty of the deal between Sony and Marvel here.
Here’s the thing, according to that deal Spider-Man Homecoming will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s presumed that Marvel/Sony will work jointly on future shared projects with the webcrawler, but Sony still owns the rights to Spider-Man and other Spideyverse characters and can continue to make movies that are not attached to the MCU. Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that Sony is working on a spinoff film that will feature the female characters Silver Sable and the Black Cat. That news comes on the heels of a story last week that Sony has a Venom solo film slotted for an October 5, 2018 release (more on that below). Here’s the report from THR:
“Chris Yost, who worked on the upcoming Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, is writing the script, building on a previous version written by Lisa Joy, the co-creator of HBO’s Westworld.
The studio is hoping to go to directors soon with an eye toward a fall start date. Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing the project, which was previously known as the “secret female spinoff project.”
Neither of these characters have appeared on the big screen to date, although Felicity Jones played a character named Felicia in Amazing Spider-Man 2 who is believed to have been Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat’s real name (I don’t believe it has been officially confirmed and we won’t know for sure if the role was going to be expanded upon in future films). Below is a quick description of both characters from the comics, via THR.
“Silver Sable, created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz in 1985, is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals. The character has been both antagonist and ally to Spider-Man.
Black Cat, an acrobatic cat burglar whose real name is Felicia Hardy, has a long and tangled romantic history with Spider-Man in the comics.”
Spider-Man has always been my favorite superhero so I’m anxiously awaiting the Homecoming this summer and look forward to future movies within his universe. Black Cat has regularly been a major player in Peter Parker/Spidey’s life in the comics and I’m extremely excited to see her make a grand debut on the big screen. I’m not sure if there is any intention of having her cross paths with Spider-Man in these movies since he’ll already be appearing in solo films of his own and these movies won’t take place within the same film universe. It’ll likely be too confusing to have multiple screen versions of Spider-Man at the same time unless these films are animated. That’s too bad because her dynamic with Spider-Man is what always made those stories interesting. Much like Catwoman is to Batman, Black Cat is a character that dabbles on both sides of the law while also having and on again off again relationship with the hero.
A quick blurb about the Venom spinoff, since I didn’t write about it following the announcement last week. Here’s all we know so far; Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Gone in Sixty Seconds, High Fidelity) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jumanji reboot, The Dark Tower) have been hired to write the script and the release date is October 5, 2018. Beyond that we do not yet know which version of Venom this will be, if it will be an origin story (that would somehow skip his interactions with Spider-Man) or follow a fully formed villain/anti-hero, or even who the potential director and star could be. Your speculations are welcome.
What do you think? Is there a market for a film focusing on Black Cat and Silver Sable? Who are your ideal casting options for Black Cat, Silver Sable and Venom? Share your thoughts in the discussion board below.