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Last week we heard that a release date had been set by Sony for Venom, a movie built around the villainous character and occasional antihero. It was made clear that Venom will be completely separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that the movie is expected to kick off its own franchise.
Now it appears Sony is not just planning an individual franchise, but an entirely new superhero universe. The studio is developing a project revolving around Silver Sable and Black Cat, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Christopher Yost is writing a new script; Lisa Joy (HBO’s Westworld) wrote an earlier draft.
Yost began his career by writing scripts for animated television shows like X-Men: Evolution and The Batman. A few years later he also got his start writing for a variety of Marvel comic books, including various Spider-Man titles. More recently he applied his writing skills to both Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. So it’s good news to hear that he’s working on Sony’s new universe.
Sony has screen rights to Spider-Man and his universe of directly-related characters and the first two movies announced give us some idea of what they have in mind for the future. Venom may be known as a villain, which is how the character was used in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 (above), but lately has become more of an antihero in the comics. That latter characterization could set him up nicely as distinctively different from Spider-Man, yet still sympathetic to audiences.
As to Silver Sable and Black Cat, the former is a mercenary who has been an occasional ally of Spider-Man in the comics, while the latter is an acrobatic crimefighter who has occasionally been a romantic partner for Spider-Man. In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Felicity Jones made a brief appearance as Felicia Hardy, the alter ego of Black Cat, though she never showed her claws in the movie.
Venom is set for release on October 5, 2018. The Silver Sable/Black Cat movie is expected to arrive sometime after that.