Sony developing Spider-Man spinoff focused on Black Cat and Silver Sable

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Mar 23, 2017, 7:42 AM EDT

In 2014, as Sony Pictures prepared to release The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it became very clear that the studio was working to construct their own shared superhero universe based on the only Marvel Comics characters in their arsenal: Spider-Man and his amazing friends and foes. That film underperformed, the shared universe stuff felt really forced, and the efforts were abandoned in favor of a new course.

Now, with Marvel helping to steer the Spidey ship into a new solo film with Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony is again turning its attention to the other characters associated with the webslinger. Last week, the studio gave a 2018 release date to its developing Venom flick, and now two more Spidey-adjacent characters are set to team up on the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is prepping a new film pairing the mercenary Silver Sable and the master thief Black Cat, both of whom have allied with Spidey in the past. Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok co-writer Chris Yost is penning a script, after an earlier draft by Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy, and the studio is already on the hunt for a director to start production as early as this fall.

It's not clear at the moment how this team-up will work, as one is an international mercenary and the other is a New York-based thief, but it's certainly an interesting combination, and it's one that could propel various other Spider-Man related figures from New York City and beyond into the spotlight for even more movies. Like the Venom film, though, this project is not a Homecoming spinoff, which leaves the creators free to tell their own story, but also raises questions about how two characters so closely tied to Spider-Man (Black Cat is #3 on the list of Spider-Man's most important girlfriends) will work in their own film that isn't building on a previously existing Spider-Man world. That said, maybe just allowing the audience to assume the existence of Spider-Man and his universe is the way to go, or you could even eliminate the connection altogether. In the right hands, both characters can stand on their own without Peter Parker anywhere in sight.

So, that's two Spider-Man-related flicks on the way now. What do you think of this team-up?