After Sony’s announcement that they’ll be making a stand alone Venom movie, fans had mixed reactions. But it seems they won’t stop at just Venom, it looks like they’re trying to go all-in on the Spider-Man spin-off business, as a film centered on Black Cat and Silver Sable is said to be in the works as well. The two characters, both adversaries and allies of Peter Parker, depending on the storyline, represent the studio’s desire to stay in the comic book movie business, even though their stable of characters is rather limited.
The news of the Black Cat and Silver Sable movies comes our way via The Hollywood Reporter, who reported that Chris Yost is currently rewriting a previous script for the Silver Sable and the Black Cat film, penned by Westworld showrunner Lisa Joy. Yost will be familiar to comic book fans as the writer of many Marvel comics, along with credits on Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. His extensive television credits include Star Wars Rebels and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Yost has also written his fair share of Spider-Man comics, which makes him a solid fit to flesh out these characters properly. Silver Sable (real name: Silver Sablinova) is a professional soldier who hunts war criminals and is CEO of her own company. Black Cat (real name: Felicia Hardy) is a professional thief who on occasion allies herself with Spidey when a mutual enemy is near. While these two characters don’t have a direct connection in the comic book world, they are two of Spider-Man’s more interesting allies and it’s refreshing to see a major studio expressing interest in a comic book movie starring two female characters.
Of course despte this positive move, it seems the studio is trying to squeeze juice out of a very small corner of a much larger universe. Sony’s spin-off plans should come as no surprise, as the company had originally planned a few to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 2 , but those projects collapsed as soon as audiences rejected that movie. This resurgence of the spin-off plan could be the company’s hope that Spider-Man: Homecoming will rejuvenate interest,but like the Venom announcement, this news raises as many questions as answers.
While the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place in Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to a special deal with Disney, it’s not clear if these spin-off movies will be set in the MCU or how directly they’ll be connected to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. This all could get weird and complicated. Stay tuned to Nerdbastards to get the latest news on Sony’s spin-off plans and casting.