Sony has taken a long hard look at their Spider-Man plans, and have agreed that fan excitement for a new Spider-Man film is softening, prompting them to get together and look at how they can keep their franchise interesting. We already know that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed out of its 2016 slot, and will now be released “some time in 2018”, and we now know that Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six movie has been brought forward to November 11th 2016 (replacing The Amazing Spider-Man 3).
However, a Venom movie had already been announced, with Alex Kurtzman attached to produce and direct, and while there will be a little on that shortly, insiders have told Deadline that Sony are also planning a female lead movie.
While Sony have not officially released any details, insiders say that the studio has been taking note of the current focus on female superheroes, and will now be the first studio to announce a female lead superhero movie. The excitement around the revealing of DC’s Wonder Woman at Comic-Con, the popularity of films like Lucy, Salt and Wanted, and the constant talk of a Marvel Black Widow movie have all been factors in Sony’s decision.
While there is no confirmation on which female character Sony will focus on, there is plenty of speculation. Number one on the list is Black Cat (above) who was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Felicia (played by Felicity Jones, below).
Which characters they will develop is up for speculation, but we know that Lisa Joy (Westworld, Reminiscence) has been hired to script and that again Arad and Tolmach are producing. There are several strong possibilities — Silver Sable, Black Cat, Stunner, Firestar and Spider-Woman, to name a few.
Spider-Woman is known in the comics both as Jessica Drew, then Julia Carpenter, Mattie Franklin, Veranke and also as Charlotte Witter, a fashion designer who is genetically altered by Dr. Octopus. Silver Sable has virtually no superhuman powers but is an adept fighter, skilled in martial arts and sword play who wears a lot of techno gizmo weaponry. Black Cat was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Felicia, Harry Osborn’s assistant, and was played by Felicity Jones; she is also a trained fighter and acrobat. Stunner was a video store clerk who ended up getting a makeover by Dr. Octopus to make her a powerful evil.
“What other movies we could do was something everyone started talking about when shooting the last movie,” said one person with knowledge of the plans. “With Salt, Wanted and Lucy, there is a huge appetite for this right now.” As for the Spider-Man movie itself, “The one thing you can’t ignore is the fans. There was a rejection going on with having another Spider-Man come out so soon, and you have to listen to the fans in this world. We all took a good look in the mirror and said, we have to try to have to figure it out and revamp it.”
The female lead Spider-Man movie is said to be eyeing a 2017 release date, the same year as the Venom movie.
The report also gave a few details on the Sinister Six movie, which has been brought forward two years, and will now be released on November 11th 2016, with Drew Goddard writing and directing.
Deadline reports the news of which team up could feature in the always changing Sinister Six, and there is also talk of why Goddard is the right person for the job.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing Sinister Six, which revolves around all the villains of Spider-Man converging after the evil Dr. Octopus summons them. There are a lot of different Sinister Six team-ups so it has yet to be revealed which characters might appear, but one possibility is Vulture, Mysterio, Electro, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman. And Goddard is said to be a supreme comic book geek who truly understands all the aspects of the Spider-Man universe and its characters and storylines, which is key for that movie and the next.
“Having Goddard on board places the movie in the hands of someone who has lived in this world,” said one person with knowledge of the property. “If you look at Cabin In The Woods, he did such a phenomenal job on that in redefining and commenting on the genre while also completely embracing it. He’s a fanboy which compliments his talents as a filmmaker.”
The report also reveals a possible title change for Alex Kurtzman’s Venom spin-off, which hints at a different character altogether.
Firstly, the report says that the new Venom movie could be released as early as 2017, however as Kurtzman begins building the Universal Classic Monster universe, while also directing The Mummy, this release date could mean Kurtzman may only be involved as producer. Either way, the report claims the following:
“The Venom movie — which we hear is entitled Venom Carnage — is still said to be in development with old pros Alex Kurtzman and Ed Solomon scripting. The Venom pic, which Kurtzman will direct, may also now come out in 2017.”
The key info to take from that statement is the title change, from Venom to Venom Carnage. It was mentioned as if in passing, but should this indeed be the new title for the Venom spin-off, it would be an even more dangerous character being focused on. It could also mean that the Venom spin-off could see both Venom and Venom Carnage in the same film.
SlashFilm had a breakdown of exactly who Venom Carnage is:
Carnage, as Marvel fans will know, is a nod to a character who was created using the same concept of the alien symbiote that is part of Venom’s origin. But whereas the human host for Venom was a guy with some problems, the host who becomes Carnage is a total psychopath. So whereas Venom was originally sort of a villainous version of the symbiote-bonded Spider-Man, Carnage was in turn a hyper-evil version of Venom.
The human host for Carnage, Cletus Kasady, was introduced in 1991, with the fully-enabled version of Carnage appearing in Spider-Man comic pages in 1992. The two characters have often been paired, and even starred together in a Peter Milligan-scripted series, Venom vs. Carnage, in 2004.
This is all exciting stuff, and it is clear Sony have been listening to their fans and want to revitalize Spider-Man before it becomes stale. Moving The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back a few years, and focusing on other characters is a smart move, and one which will hopefully pay-off. Expect some sort of official announcement soon.