Sony's new CEO plans to dig deeper into the Spider-Verse and make more spinoff films and shows a top priority for the company.
Per the New York Times, Sony’s new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida plans to make movies, television shows and music a priority for the company that has always been regarded as an electronics giant first and a Hollywood studio second. This includes its assets within the Spider-Man comics.
“I want to convey the message that Sony is a creative entertainment company,” Yoshida, who took over as Sony’s new chief executive in April, told the newspaper.
Although at first glance changing up the company’s business model may seem like a bold move, it makes sense for Yoshida to make such assets a priority for the company when one considers that Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wound up being massive box office successes (not to mention the boatloads of money Marvel Studios continues to make for Disney).
Sony is looking to develop films based on characters within the Spider-Man universe, with movies based on the characters of Morbius, Black Cat and Silver Sable in the works, not to mention sequels for Venom and Into the Spider-Verse and possible movies centered around the Sinister Six.
The report also revealed Sony may develop a series of animated TV shows based on characters introduced in the acclaimed film Into the Spider-Verse. Does that mean we might see more of Spider-Man Noir, or Peni Parker? Here's hoping.
And let’s not forget that in addition to the Spider-Man films the studio is developing, Sony is also releasing Men in Black: International in June and making a sequel to 2017 hit, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Yoshida is also pushing for more collaboration with Marvel on the video game front, since their characters have proven massively popular with PlayStation fans. Marvel’s Spider-Man game sold 3.3 million copies in its first three days of release, a record for Sony, and was one of the platform's biggest hits of the year.