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In a previous post – namely this one – we touched upon the landscape of Sony Pictures’ Marvel properties post-Spider-Man: Homecoming, specifically, the fact that Tom Hardy will play Venom in the solo Sony Venom spin-off.
However, the Spider-verse side of Sony’s Marvel properties won’t end there as the studio also has plans for a Black Cat/Silver Sable team-up movie titled Silver and Black.
There are rumours circling around the web suggesting that Silver and Black might bring around an all-female ensemble cast based within the Spider-Verse event storyline.
Taking the news with a pinch of salt, Slash Report published an article about the Silver and Black movie and how Sony is looking toward DC/Warner Bros. for some inspiration surprisingly.
The report reads;
“With Wonder Woman opening this week, it’s a pretty good bet Sony is taking universe building tips from Warner/DC.
Silver and Black is the set-up for an all female Spider-Verse team movie.
It ends with Silver Sable (a la Nick Fury) rounding up a team of the Black Cat, Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), Charlotte Witter (Stunner), Sarah Ehret (Jackpot) and Cassie St. Commons (Dusk)”
This ‘scoop’ was sent in by one Colonel George Dillon though so the credibility of the story may need and, as yet, has not been confirmed.
Regardless, the prospect of an all-female lead Avengers-esque movie franchise might just be the shot in the arm Sony’s Marvel properties need following the apparent departure of the jewel in their crown, Spider-Man.
Now, technically, Jessica Drew appears in the Avengers comics more-often than not as a member of the team, so the rights to her might be a bit murky
However, with that being said, she has appeared just as often in Spider-Man based stories, most notably the Spider-verse story-arc from 2014 which culminated in a Spider-Man from every known Marvel dimension coming together to stop the force of Morlun and the Inheritors, and also gave birth to new fan favourite characters such as Spider-Gwen.
Black Cat was introduced back in 1979 in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 by Marv Wolfman and Keith Pollard.
Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy, has long been a well-known staple of the Spider-Man universe of characters and, whilst being a cat burglar in her past days, has been an anti-hero, and most prominently, an on-again, off-again love interest for Spidey, with the pair sharing a flirty relationship even when not dating.
And yes, she is a basic rip-off of the DC character Catwoman, aka Selina Kyle.
Silver Sable, on the other hand, may not be as well-known as Black Cat but has been a fellow Spider-Man cast member for nearly as long having been introduced in 1985’s The Amazing Spider-Man #265 by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz.
Sable has appeared as a help and a hindrance for your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man in her time as a mercenary and a member of a S.H.I.E.L.D. like team tasked with taking down super-powered war-criminals.
Obviously, we’ve got no details on who will be starring in the Silver and Black movie, and especially less with the spin-off female-lead franchise, but there might be some reason to bother with future Sony Pictures’ Marvel movies after all.