Sony's Spider-Man movie universe is developing a Madame Web film with Morbius writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless set to tackle the script. In recent years, Sony Pictures has been developing various films based on the hundreds of Marvel Comics characters for which they own the film rights. Since 2015, Sony's most iconic Marvel character - Peter Parker aka. Spider-Man - was part of a deal between the studio and Disney that allowed him to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Spider-Man was lent out to Marvel Studios and the MCU, though, Sony launched Venom starring Tom Hardy to a successful $800 million worldwide box office, as well as the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animated movie.
Going forward, Sony has plenty more Marvel movies in various stages of development. A Morbius the Living Vampire movie starring Jared Leto is set to hit theaters in July 2020, while Venom 2 is in the works with director Andy Serkis attached and Hardy expected to return. In addition to an animated Spider-Verse sequel and female-led spinoff, Sony also has live-action movies in development based on characters like Silk, Black Cat, Silver Sable, Kraven the Hunter, and more. Now, Sony has put another Marvel movie into development.
As reported by Collider, Sony has set Morbius writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to pen the script for a Madame Web movie as part of the studio's own Marvel franchise. Sony declined to comment on the project, but Collider reports studio executive Palak Patel will oversee it.
Madame Web was created by writer Denny O'Neil and artist John Romita Jr. as a supporting character for Spider-Man in the 80s. Real name Cassandra Webb, the character is depicted as an elderly woman connected to a life support system that looks like a spider's web. In terms of her powers, Madame Web is a clairvoyant who's also capable of telepathy and prescience. In addition to the comics, Madame Web appeared in the Spider-Man animated series voiced by Joan Lee, the wife of Spider-Man co-creator and Marvel legend Stan Lee.
Like many of the other characters for which Sony is developing solo movies, it's unclear how exactly Sazama and Sharpless will craft a story around a supporting player in Spidey's world. Of course, the Madame Web movie may have more freedom to use the wall-crawling superhero since Spider-Man exited the MCU after Sony and Marvel were unable to reach a new deal to share the character this summer. While fans are still calling for the studios to ensure Spider-Man remains in the MCU, as of now he's no longer involved in the franchise. That allows for Sony to bring him into their own universe, potentially paving way for Tom Holland to appear not only in Venom 2 but in this Madame Web movie.
We'll know more about Sony's plans for Spider-Man and their Marvel movies in the coming months and years as the studio moves forward with their various projects. For now, we know that Madame Web is added to the list of Marvel characters getting their own movie as part of Sony's Spider-Man universe.
- Morbius (2020) release date: Jul 31, 2020