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Back in the Amazing Spider-Man film series days, Sony Pictures was planning on building its own Spider-Man cinematic universe, but due to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperforming, those plans were tossed aside once that franchise was cancelled. Sony and Marvel subsequently teamed up to bring the Web-Slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now Tom Holland's Spider-Man is an important player in that ever-expanding world. Now Sony is looking to have its cake and eat it too, because the studio is also working to build a universe filled with characters from the Spider-Man mythology, but without Web-Head's involvement (at least for now).
Following the announcement of Venom, other Spider-Man spinoffs have been officially revealed or reported on, and while it remains to be seen how connected these movies will be to one another, clearly Sony wants in on the superhero franchise game by itself. With that in mind, let's go over all the Sony Spidey-related movies in the works, and full disclosure, we're not including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. As cool as that movie looks, this list is reserved for live action projects.
Ever since Topher Grace played Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3, Sony had been trying to get a Venom spinoff off the ground, but when the studio put the kibosh on the Amazing Spider-Man series, it looked like that project was gone for good. But in March 2017, Sony announced that the Venom movie was moving forward, and two months later, Tom Hardy was tapped to play Eddie Brock. With the exception of Peter Parker's absence, Venom looks like it's adapting a fair amount of the source material, like the symbiote coming from outer space, Eddie's relationship with Ann Weying and Eddie clashing with the Life Foundation. There are even rumors that Woody Harrelson is cameoing as Cletus Kasady, setting up his transformation into Carnage in a Venom sequel. Since the plan is for these Spider-Man spinoffs to exist in the same continuity, consider Venom this franchise's Iron Man. Venom comes out on October 5.
Silver And Black
One is an acrobatic jewel thief who gains "bad luck" powers, the other is a formidable mercenary from Symkaria, and both have been allies and enemies with Spider-Man in the comics. Black Cat and Silver Sable haven't been paired together that often in the comics, but days after Venom's release date was announced, a Black Cat/Silver Sable movie, appropriately titled Silver and Black, was in development. Two months later, The Secret Life of Bees director Gina Prince-Bythewood was tapped to direct the movie, and originally the plan was for it to come out on February 8, 2019, Silver and Black is currently undated due to needing more time to figure out the script. Production is now rumored to begin next year. No plot details for Silver and Black have come out yet, but given the backgrounds and skills of the two protagonists, no doubt we can expect this movie to be especially action heavy.
Similar to Venom, Morbius the Living Vampire started out as a monstrous Spider-Man foe (albeit one more sympathetic) and morphed into an anti-hero. Born with a rare blood condition, Nobel Prize-winning biologist Michael Morbius tried to cure himself of his condition, but instead he became afflicted with "pseudo-vampirism." Although he now boasted powers like super strength, enhanced speed, flight, hypnotism and accelerated healing, like a "regular" vampire, Morbius needed to invest blood on a regular basis to survive, which usually kills or severely injures his victims. The Morbius movie was first reported on in November 2017, and last month, it was announced that Jared Leto, who's already left his mark on the DC Extended Universe as The Joker, will play Michael Morbius under the direction of Daniel Espinosa. Just like Venom, we can likely expect to see Morbius in his movie as an anti-hero; someone who wants to do good, but struggles to control his monstrous tendencies.
Introduced in 1993's Web of Spider-Man #99, Dr. Kevin Trench was shocked one night to see a costumed man being killed while fighting some terrorists. What was even weirder, this man was an older version of Kevin. Taking the costume and futuristic technology his older self had used, Kevin tried to prevent his future death, but eventually he let destiny take its course so that a worse timeline wouldn't come to pass. Recently, the She-Hulk series retconned Nightwatch's history and revealed that Kevin Trench had actually been Nighteater, a super villain who used magic to make everyone believe he'd been a superhero for years, but I doubt that the Nightwatch movie will incorporate those details, instead focusing on the original premise. There's no word yet on when Nightwatch will come out, but Spike Lee has been eyed to direct and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker is rumored to be writing the latest draft of the script.
Cindy Moon, a.k.a. Silk, is the newcomer of this bunch, having only been around since 2014. That said, in the comics, she shares a unique connection with Peter Parker, as she was bitten by the same radioactive spider that bit Peter. As a result, she gained similar spider-abilities; she's not quite as strong as Peter, but she is faster and has a stronger Spider-sense, and she can also shoot webbing out of her fingertips. Cindy was trapped in a bunker for years, and while performing her superhero duties, she's been readjusting to everyday life, something that would be interesting to explore in a movie centered on her. Silk is unquestionably the most "superhero" of the people on this list, and Cindy as a civilian is only a minor character in the MCU Spider-Man films, this is a good opportunity to spotlight her as a crimefighter. If Spider-Man does in fact not exist in this world, then she could fill his spot as the arachnid-themed crimefighter who deals with all the colorful villains and anti-heroes causing trouble.
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