Sony’s place in the cinematic superhero war has been faltering lately, with its large stable of Marvel characters going largely untapped since the MCU has become such a juggernaut. However, as Venom approaches and Kraven gets his own film, it seems like it’s time for a change — and the studio is set to move full-steam ahead.
According to Variety, some big shake-ups are coming to Sony’s superhero offerings. Venom isn’t just the newest attempt to tap into the R-rated superhero market proven by Logan and Deadpool, but a way into introducing its own universe full of vibrant weirdos.
Weirdos like Silk, Jackpot, and Nightwatch — all of which have movies being developed around them. Sony’s currently looking for screenwriters for these films (focused on another webhead, a superstrong enigma, and a tragic-backstoried supersuit-wielder, respectively) as they gear up for their DCEU and MCU competitor: SUMC (Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters).
“We’re focused on being faithful to the comics,” said Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures and head of the SUMC. Some of that means moving backwards. The planned Silver & Black is splitting into solo efforts featuring the mercenary Silver Sable and burglar Black Cat. The latter is expected to be the first to launch. “We believe Black Cat is enough of her own character with a great backstory and a canon of material to draw from to justify her own film,” said Panitch.
Writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood is likely out of the picture on Silver & Black, though will remain a producer on the Black Cat and Silver Sable films, according to the report. Prince-Bythewood may be the first casualty of the SUMC, but there are sure to be many more to come in this ambitious and utterly strange attempt to launch a superhero universe at the trend’s height. It's basically a Spider-Man universe without Spider-Man (at least for now), and who knows, it might actually work. What do you think will happen?