Sony is dipping into its Spider-Man-related Marvel Comics properties and throwing everything at the screen, with movies reportedly in development based on the characters Silk and Jackpot. The story also mentions that the aforementioned Silver Sable-Black Cat team-up movie has been binned in favour of solo films focusing on either character. We'll just have to see if fans are understanding about the compromise.
Sony teamed up with Marvel Studios to introduce Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain America: Civil War and then followed up his successful appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming. In essence, they're building a Spider-Man cinematic universe without Spider-Man.
In a lengthy report by Variety, it's revealed that Sony's upcoming Venom film will be the first step in spinning out a bigger series of films - internally dubbed Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters, or SUMC - which includes Morbius, Kraven the Hunter, Silk and more.
They believe Black Cat can stand on her own and will feature in her own film.
Original director of the Sliver & Black film, Gina Prince-Bythewood is likely to take a producer credit on both the Black Cat and Silver Sable film, but will not stay to be writer or director for either project.
Tethered with a PG-13 rating and more expectations than we can count, Venom officially slithers into theaters on October 5th, when Ruben Fleischer and Co. will light the fuse on Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters.
How do you feel about Sony's plans for SUMC?
Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will mark Miles Morales' feature film debut and Peter Parker will be on hand to mentor the young hero as he begins his superhero career. All Sony is really doing at the moment is temporarily withholding toys for Marvel to play with. And as we saw when Sony just abandoned the Amazing Spider-Man trilogy after two films without any resolution, the studio does not handle failure well. If all goes well, the Venom film will lead to more Sony Marvel movies.