Sony is going all in on Spider-Man, it seems. After announcing a Venom spinoff, which most fans can’t seem to get on board with, the studio has now revealed that they’ll also be producing a Black Cat and Silver Sable movie. Set to feature in a film of their own, the duo will headline a feature penned by Chris Yost, who also wrote Thor: The Dark World.
With a fall start date lined up, Sony will begin the search for a director soon. Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are on board to produce, but no word yet on who the studio is looking at to get behind the camera. A female filmmaker would be interesting and probably ideal, but who knows which direction Sony is looking to head in with the project. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long before things start coming together on this one.
Though hardly as well known as Spidey or Venom, Silver Sable and Black Cat are still great characters. The former is “a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals, while the latter is “an acrobatic cat burglar.” In fact, some of you may recall that Black Cat actually showed up briefly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where she was played by Felicity Jones, who won’t be reprising the role here – from what we’ve heard.
What’s interesting about both this new female-led spinoff and the Venom one is that apparently, neither will be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will not be involved. THR’s Borys Kit confirmed as much on Twitter, leading many to feel somewhat underwhelmed by the news. That’s not to say that Sony’s new endeavours won’t turn out alright, but if neither spinoff can connect to Spidey’s current adventures over in the MCU, well, that just feels like a missed opportunity.
From the studio’s perspective, we can see why they’d want to move forward with giving these characters their own films (hint: Spider-Man is an extremely lucrative property), but it doesn’t sound like this initiative is going to be something which will please fans. After all, the last time Sony delivered Spidey films without the help of Marvel, the results weren’t too pretty (Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2). Given that the hero himself won’t even be involved in these new spinoffs, we can’t see either one finding much success with fans.
What do you think, though? Is Sony smart to move ahead with Spider-Man spinoffs that don’t even feature the webslinger himself? Let us know your thoughts down below.