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The expansion of the Spider-Man screen universe continues, and the newest addition to Spidey's film universe will be a feminine one.
Deadline has filed an extensive report on Sony Pictures' current revamping of its biggest franchise, which we already know includes pushing back The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to 2018 and setting the release date of Sinister Six at Nov. 11, 2016. But now it's been revealed that a spinoff movie starring a major female character from Spidey's canon is coming sometime in 2017.
The question is, who will it be? The betting money says that it will be either Black Cat or Spider-Woman. I'm leaning toward Black Cat, since a character named Felicia, played by Felicity Jones, was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2; although she was never explicitly addressed as Felicia Hardy (Black Cat's real name), the easter egg was unmistakable.
As for Spider-Woman, the picture gets murkier, since several characters have adopted that alter ego over the years. Would it be the original one, Jessica Drew? Julia Carpenter, who was also a member of the West Coast Avengers? Or Charlotte Witter, a one-time fashion designer who actually becomes a supervillain using the name and works alongside Doctor Octopus?
All that we know for now is that Lisa Joy Nolan, a writer who has done some work on the TV series Pushing Daisies and the upcoming remake of Westworld, is penning the script for the film.
In addition to that breaking news, the Deadline article has a few other interesting nuggets of info. For example, the Sinister Six movie could feature a lineup of Doc Ock, Vulture, Mysterio, Electro, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman. And that other announced Spider-Man spinoff, the Venom movie, has a working title of Venom Carnage -- does this mean that Venom's sort-of offspring will be introduced as well?
The biggest takeaway from all this is that despite The Amazing Spider-Man 2 being the lowest-grossing of Sony's five Spidey movies, the studio is aggressively moving forward with more from that universe. Will Sony beat Warner Bros./DC and even the mighty Marvel to the gate with the first female-centered superhero movie? Does a film starring Black Cat or Spider-Woman even make sense? Let the debate begin.