Superhero movies are big business these days. Four have hit theaters already this year with two more – Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange – coming before the New Year. While Spider-Man fans are still beaming from his crossover into Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, all eyes are turned to his solo adventure, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Other than the inclusion of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, it’s unclear how Marvel’s universe will fit around this iteration of the character.
But the MCU version of Spider-Man isn’t the only Spider-related property on the docket. Sony is also working on an Animated Spider-Man project which may or may not be starring alt-Spidey, Miles Morales. Rumors are also bubbling that the ousted Spider-Man executive producers, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, are pushing for a solo Venom movie, as “a franchise apart from and unrelated to” the continuity of the current Tom Holland iteration of Spider-Man.
In the newest episode of Meet the Movie Press, (at the 16:25 minute mark) host Jeff Sneider dropped another Spider-rumor. According to Sneider, Sony has been in talks with screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame & The Invisible Woman) in attempts to get a Silver Sable film off the ground. Sneider points out that emails during the infamous Sony leak had already shown there was interest in the character, but this is the first movement we’ve seen since then.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Silver Sable first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #265 in 1985. Relying on guns and gadgets rather than superpowers, the anti-heroine leads a team of mercenaries called the Wild Pack, often to hunt down war criminals. Sometimes a friend, sometimes a foe to Spider-Man, she certainly seems like an attractive pick for a spin-off film, especially with the growing popularity of Marvel’s similar morally ambiguous assassin, Black Widow.
The big question on the minds of fans is whether or not this film will be connected to the ongoing MCU continuity and acknowledge Silver Sable’s connections to Spider-Man. Could she appear in an upcoming Spider-Man film, only to spin off into her own franchise? Many are already rankled at the idea of a Venom film detached from his Spider-Man connections. His origin is so closely tied to Spider-Man, it’s hard to explain him otherwise. Silver Sable could arguably work much better as a standalone franchise, but it’s likely there would be much more interest in her if it has at least some ties to the popular Marvel universe. Black Widow vs Silver Sable, anyone?
Does Silver Sable deserve a standalone film? If so, does it matter if she crosses over with the MCU or Spider-Man? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for developments on the Silver Sable film.
We’ll keep you updated on Silver Sable as more information becomes available.