The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is due to start production by the end of May, with shooting reportedly taking place in Europe (the first film was mainly shot in Atlanta, with some exteriors in New York City). Leaked audition videos have suggested that the sequel will introduce a redesigned Gwen Stacy, as a foreign student whom Peter meets, but she may not be the only new female character to arrive on the scene.
Intriguingly, recent reports have suggested Marvel and Sony are looking to cast a mysterious “femme fatale” for the Homecoming sequel. It’s important to note that these reports have so far been unconfirmed, but they’ve certainly caused a lot of speculation among fans. Who could this character be? It’s time to look through some of the possibilities.
The Black Cat
The top possibility is the Black Cat. Felicia Hardy is one of Spider-Man’s most popular villains, essentially Marvel’s answer to Catwoman. She’s a sexy sneak-thief who stole Spider-Man’s heart, and treads a fine line between good and bad. What’s more, fans are particularly focused on the Black Cat right now because Sony are planning to release Silver & Black, a movie starring Felicia and another sexy Spider-Man villain, Silver Sable.
Fans are eager for Sony’s Spider-villain films to tie into the MCU somehow, and hopes have recently been raised because of rumors Tom Holland will actually appear in this year’s Venom, the first of the spinoffs. Given that it’s generally believed Sony will develop Black Cat as an international super-thief, it would certainly be fitting for Spider-Man to cross paths with her in Europe, and this would create a perfect link to the spinoffs.
As exciting as the possibility may be, sadly it’s quite unlikely. Silver & Black is actually scheduled to release before the Homecoming sequel, so filming is due to kick off soon. Moreover, there are rumors Silver & Black will film in Mexico, while the Homecoming sequel is expected to film in Europe. It’s unlikely that a single actress could play the Black Cat in both films; the same issue rules out Silver Sable, Spider-Man’s other most notable femme fatale.
Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman
A much more likely possibility is Jessica Drew, better known as Spider-Woman. She was originally created when Marvel realized the name “Spider-Woman” hadn’t been trademarked, meaning a competitor could potentially use it. DC had recently copied Marvel by creating Power Girl, who Marvel viewed as very loosely inspired by their own Power Man (Luke Cage).
The film rights to Spider-Woman have always been rather complicated. In 2014, the Sony hack revealed that her rights were essentially shared between Marvel and Sony; Marvel could feature Jessica Drew as a secret agent or a spy, but not grant her spider-powers. In contrast, Sony could grant her spider-powers but not use her as a secret agent or a spy. With the studios now working together, it’s finally possible to give fans the well-rounded Spider-Woman they know and love.
Jessica Drew was a relatively minor character right up until the 2000s, when Brian Bendis chose to feature her prominently in his New Avengers run, and revealed she was playing a dangerous game. She was actually a double- or even triple-agent, supporting Nick Fury’s campaign against Hydra. Ultimately, in a shocking twist, Bendis revealed that she’d actually been replaced by the Queen of the shapeshifting Skrulls. She was literally leading the so-called “Secret Invasion,” a Skrull attempt to conquer Earth.
2019’s Captain Marvel is due to introduce the Skrulls to the MCU. Most fans are convinced Marvel is building towards a post-Avengers 4 plot based on “Secret Invasion,” and Jessica Drew would be a major part of that plot. The Homecoming sequel is intended to launch the next phase of the MCU, and would be the perfect film to introduce fans to the character.
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