While one Spider-Man movie spinoff, Venom, is definitely set to hit theaters this year, we'll be waiting a little longer than expected for the next one, Silver and Black. Or maybe a lot longer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has pulled Silver and Black — set to focus on the titular Spider-Man associates Silver Sable and Black Cat — from its release schedule, which means it will no longer arrive on February 8, 2019. The studio is reportedly "searching" for a new release date.
While Spider-Man himself has been roped into the Marvel Studios family in recent years, with Sony and Marvel sharing production of his solo films while the character is also allowed to participate in crossovers like Avengers: Infinity War, Sony still retains the right to his supporting cast, and is developing several films focused on Spider-Man-related characters. Venom is the first of these, but films centered on Morbius the Living Vampire and Nightwatch are also in early development, and Silver and Black was set to be the next to arrive.
Even with the film's release date on the calendar, though, there was reason to worry, particularly because the filmmakers haven't even announced the casting of the title roles yet. According to THR's report, Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) is still set to direct the film from a script by Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider). Prince-Bythewood noted just days ago that the creative team is spending a lot of time with the script right now, so that is perhaps a key factor in delaying the film.
This, of course, doesn't mean the film will never get made, or even that the delay in delivering it will be all that long. Release dates are very often decided before key production decisions have been made, and that often creates delays. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for example, was originally going to arrive in May before Disney pushed it to December to allow time for, among other things, Harrison Ford's recovery from injury and some key rewrite work. That turned out just fine. Plus, Sony already tried to force a shared universe for its Spidey-related comic book properties with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and that definitely didn't end well, so taking time to get things right before kicking off production seems like a step in the right direction for Silver and Black.
UPDATE: Director Gina Prince-Bythewood spoke to Collider today and gave the following status update on Silver and Black:
“With Silver and Black, when you’re doing a film of that magnitude, it’s gotta be right. And if it’s not right, we actually collectively decided to go back to the drawing board and start over. That’s gonna take time. So obviously, I’d love to be shooting right now, but to be shooting something that I know is not as good as it can be, I’m not the type that wants to shoot something you’re rewriting, as you’re shooting. So, we have to get the script right, and I’m okay to wait. I may be shooting something before that, but it really is just get the script right before we go on that journey.”
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