With a rumored plot synopsis now online, we consider what Sony's Silver and Black could/should be about. It's been two years since Sony and Marvel put their differences aside to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland has since been cast in the role of Peter Parker and debuted in Captain America: Civil War, and his solo movie Spider-Man: Homecoming is just over a month away from hitting theaters. So far, the partnership appears to be going rather smoothly, with Spidey set to also appear in the next two Avengers movies.
However, Sony has bigger plans in mind for the rest of the Spider-Man characters at their disposal. They've since announced Tom Hardy is playing Eddie Brock in Venom, with everyone on Marvel Studios' side saying this the film is disconnected from their shared universe. One "spinoff" is not enough for Sony however as things are moving forward on a Silver Sable and Black Cat movie, which is titled Silver and Black.
Thor: Ragnarok's Chris Yost wrote the most recent Silver & Black script draft. However, with Gina Prince-Bythewood now set to direct the project, she will also be in charge of rewriting the screenplay, so that production can begin. Sony is reportedly hoping to start filming later this year - and with a script draft complete, they must have some idea of where they want to take these two female characters. This is where a rumored plot description comes into play.
Splash Report claims to have a rundown on what the Silver and Black story is about. The reported plot is simple: Silver Sable hunts down Black Cat in South America. However, the supporting cast is filled with Spider-Man characters from the comics. Whether it is Kraven the Hunter, Spider-Woman, Scorpion, Chameleon, or a reference to Norman Osborn, Silver and Black is either in charge of building out this Spidey-less universe or secretly connected to the MCU. This ultimately begs the questions, what should this movie be about - and how could it connect to Venom and/or the MCU?
Sony Should Aim To Keep This Small
Both Silver Sable and Black Cat are far from characters that general audiences know. Even for die-hard Marvel comic readers, there are not many that would likely call either one their favorite Spider-Man supporting characters. But, Sony is making a push to fill a gap that Marvel currently has, while also doing something that no superhero movie has done before: star not one, but two female leads. The premise of Silver Sable hunting down Black Cat sounds good on paper, and a globetrotting espionage film is something else we have not yet truly seen in the superhero genre. Sony could easily keep this movie small and just focus primarily on this chase. Superhero films have built up the reputation of being these gigantic events, but Sony should look to the other studio that owns Marvel characters and try to replicate the success of Fox. Deadpool and Logan have pretty tight, simple plots that really only have seven or eight characters involved.
Sony has a history of getting ahead of themselves - just look at all the setup included in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - and featuring nearly a dozen supporting characters in Silver & Black sounds like a mistake, for related reasons. Just because Sony has an abundance of characters at their disposal, it would be best to not use them all at once. Most of these characters could instead be saved and featured as bigger baddies in future adventures, whereas including them here for brief scenes could make Silver and Black feel crowded and/or potentially make it seem like they are being wasted.
If Sony is serious about making their own Spiderverse without the leading man, they will need Silver and Black to be a hit and for audiences to want to see more of these characters. The best way to do that is to give them as much screen time as possible and not worry about what could come later. If they can keep the focus on the two heroines while avoiding the urge to stuff the film with universe-building and a ramped-up third act, they could actually have something here, regardless of its connections to other films/universes.
Will It Connect To Venom or The MCU?
Silver and Black should be in a similar position as Venom, where it is not currently set to be part of the MCU. Instead, Sony is likely planning for this film to be part of the same universe as Venom. From what we know about Venom, it is unclear how both of the films could ultimately connect. Sony reportedly hopes the symbiote will venture into the R-rated world while also bringing the scares. The actual plot of the film has remained hidden, but any connections between the two Sony films could be minimal at best. Unless Black Cat has stolen intel on the presence of symbiote or the film piggybacks off of a plot thread in Venom, figuring out the possible connections is difficult. Even though the information has not yet been helpful, it would be quite surprising for Sony to keep Venom and Silver and Black completely separate.
When it comes to the MCU however, it would come as quite a surprise to learn that Silver and Black exists within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even though the two properties may not be connected, that does not mean the MCU won't be affected. Since the formation of their partnership with Sony, Marvel Studios has been weary of bringing in characters that audiences have previously seen on screen. If that is their mindset as Sony makes their own universe, whatever characters join Silver and Black (or Venom for that matter) include may be off the board for some time.
This is surely why many are hoping that Marvel and Sony find a way to bring these spinoffs into this continuity or cancel them before things go to far. It is a difficult sell for fans of the comics to see any Spider-Man characters exist on the big screen, but have them interacting with Spider-Man be impossible. Otherwise, there can be no mention of the web-crawler in either movie, and hurt the excitement overall. So, as Sony moves forward with these plans, it is probably best to not expect any MCU connections, while hoping they focus on the movie at hand instead of a hypothetical universe.
Silver and Black is currently in development and does not have a release date.
Source: Splash Report
- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018