Sony are reportedly developing a solo movie for Silk, a female Korean-American spider-person from Spider-Man's extended cast. The film, which has been under consideration for some time before getting an internal greenlight, might be just what Sony's Spider-verse needs in lieu of Peter Parker's extended residence in the MCU.
Launching this October with Venom, Sony's intention to create their own cinematic universe out of the Spider-Man's rogues gallery and other associated characters has drawn a lot of skepticism for, well, lacking a Spider-Man. Sure, Venom has enough comic mileage to warrant going his own way, but the likes of Kraven and Morbius are tougher. Many of these characters are tied to their insatiable need to pursue the webhead, to the point that telling their story otherwise feels a bit pointless.
But while Peter Parker may be the central web-slinger, he's far from the only one. His absence just means Sony has to get creative in how they fill the gap of a central protagonist. Silk is an ideal candidate to anchor the universe's sense of heroism, and a novel way for Sony to bring something distinctive to the collective array of Marvel comics franchises.
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Who Is Silk?
Silk made her full debut in 2014 in The Amazing Spider-Man #4 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos as part of the "Original Sin" crossover event. In that story, Peter Parker has a vision of the radioactive spider that bit him, learning that another young girl, Cindy Moon, was bitten by the same arachnid mere moments after he was. Instead of growing up a neighborhood hero who learned to balance great power with great responsibility, though, she was trained and subsequently locked away by Ezekiel in his misguided attempt to protect her from Morlun, a vampiric inter-dimensional hunter who wishes to consume every version of Spider-Man. Peter retrieves her from Ezekiel's basement and eventually, she settles into a “normal” life, operating as her alter-ego to provide ally-ship to Peter.
Most of her powers overlap with Parker's. She can naturally create webbing, unlike Peter, and has a stronger memory and longer-range spider-sense. Her sole mission for much of her run is to be reunited with her parents, who moved away while she was under Ezekiel's watch. She adopts an anti-hero status during this time, working as an investigative new intern and using crime to both fund her research and follow leads. This eventually brings her family back together, her solo run ending with them together and her at peace for the first time since her introduction.
Silk Is Already Good Guy In A Villain Universe
Venom director Ruben Fleischer has said that there's "no real hero" in it, building off the notion this universe will be built by villains. That's been the goal since Sony starting building the franchise and nearly every reported announcement has continued that. Morbius is set to film later this year, with Jared Leto in the titular role and Life's Daniel Espinosa in the director chair. Next up are the likes of Kraven, Black Cat and Silver Sable, all of which are best known for starring opposite Spider-Man.
Silk is the exception, existing as a more moral figure, making her stand out in the universe. This means her presence could very well be the anchor for a kind of reverse Avengers – the antagonists all start coming together and she steps in to stop whatever evil is afoot (a popular theory is Maximum Carnage). The previous movies could create sympathetic but ultimately dark, irredeemable portraits of these evil-doers before Silk becomes the shining light in the darkness. It doesn't re-write the playbook, but it does poke a little at the current convention for a cinematic universe that has some convincing to do.
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- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018