When it comes to Silver & Black, Sony's upcoming Spider-Man spinoff, the film will resemble an odd couple buddy film within the colorful world of superheroes and villains. Though Sony and Columbia Pictures have always earned back more than they've put in when it comes to their Spider-Man franchise, critics and fans have been mixed on the last few installments. With the massive success of Spider-Man: Homecoming, however, they're back on top. Of course, much of that success is due to the presence of the MCU in the film, the guidance of Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, and the presence of Iron Man. With that in mind, can Sony manage the same levels of critical and financial success with their upcoming spinoffs?
Next year, audiences will get the chance to finally see a Venom solo movie. Even more surprising, though, is the fact that Silver Sable and Black Cat will finally be brought to life in a team-up film called Silver & Black. With director Gina Prince-Bythewood taking the lead and a fall start date planned, all that's left is to cast the film and let the world know what the movie will be about. In the past two days, we've learned a lot of potential things about the film, including which Marvel villains and heroes may be along for the ride. Now, we have a better idea of the the film's tone.
Variety, in a piece focusing on the Sony spinoffs, was able to get a little bit of insight about Silver & Black from Prince-Bythewood. According to her, the movie will follow the example of Thelma & Louise and Midnight Run - only with super(anti)heroes:
“I wanted to tell the story of two damaged women who are at war with each other but need each other to survive."
Everything we've heard about the film so far indicates that Sable and her team will be hunting down Black Cat, the world's most elusive art and jewel thief. Of course, Sable is a mercenary who walks the anti-hero line in the comics. Felicia Hardy, meanwhile, has often done the same as Black Cat. Thanks to those grey areas, the film won't be your typical comic book film. When it comes to this approach, Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch thinks it will work in the movie's favor:
“Superhero movies have now transcended [the point] where they’re no longer superhero movies per se; they are essentially genre movies. It’s not so much that characters have a cape and fly. In Silver & Black, these two women are modern and cool. … They may wear costumes, but [they’re] very real and very grounded.”
Panitch, of course, is touching on what's made the MCU films so successful. Even Deadpool, Logan, and Wonder Woman hit on similar ideas. While all of these movies are essentially superhero action films, they also can easily fit into other genres. Whether its cosmic romps, action comedies, war movies, or political thrillers, the most successful superhero films from a critical and financial standpoint have dealt with something more than the average tale of good versus evil.
Homecoming has resonated thanks to its unique place as a teen coming-of-age story dressed up in comic book trappings. If Sony and Columbia can manage to pull off a similar feat by blending anti-heroes with a globetrotting buddy heist film, then Silver & Black could prove to be a big hit.
- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018