Black Cat & Silver Sable are going solo. The writing was likely on the wall when director Gina Prince-Bythewood picked up a new comic book adaptation gig, but now it seems it’s official that Sony’s Silver and Black film is no more.
This report comes from Variety, who has the scoop on what is up with Sony’s Spider-Man related universe of films that aren’t starring the webbed hero. According to the report, Silver and Black might be gone but both characters that were set to team up will instead get their own solo films with Felicia Hardy/Black Cat likely going the first film wise.
“We believe Black Cat is enough of her own character with a great backstory and a canon of material to draw from to justify her own film,” said Columbia Pictures President Sanford Panitch, who has been tasked with overseeing this universe.
Reportedly, while the decision is not finished, Prince-Bythewood will depart from writing and directing the project now that it is splitting up but will remain as a producer on both of the solo films. Sony is said to be adamant that if they lose Prince-Bythewood they are determined to find other female directors to helm the films.
Along with this broken up film the report reveals that internally the universe has been given the name Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, or SUMC, but it’s not clear if this is the official name that the studio will be going with when marketing or referring to the film universe externally.
Should Venom prove to be a success this fall, the studio will move forward with all their plans for films starring various rogues and allies of Spider-Man now that they can’t use him solo with the deal to bring him back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Alongside the reported Jared Leto led Morbius the Living Vampire film, the Black Cat & Silver Sable films and the reported Kraven the Hunter film it seems that the studio also has potential plans for characters including Silk, Jackpot and Nightwatch with over 900 licensed Marvel Spider-Man related characters at their disposal.
Each of those characters’ films are reportedly in the early stages of development with Sony on the lookout for writers.
“Spider-Man connects to a lot of the characters. There are villains, heroes, and antiheroes, and a lot are female characters, many of whom are bona fide, fully dimensionalized, and utterly unique,” Panitch said. “We feel there’s no reason the Marvel characters shouldn’t be able to embrace diversity.”
While Marvel Studios and Warner Bros./DC took their time bringing out films that starred female and superheroes of color as the leads, Sony seems to be banking on getting their quicker with their universe if all goes according to plan.
Venom and this Sony Universe begins on October 05.