With Venom getting ready for release in a few months (Oct 5, 2018), fans are wondering what the future holds for Sony's Spider-verse. Thankfully, Variety has an exclusive with Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures, and the executive that is overseeing the Sony Marvel Films.
Venom is looking to make quite a splash at the box-office despite initial skepticism over having a Venom movie without Spider-man in it. The lackluster teaser trailer released earlier this year in Feb did not help the case. Fortunately, the trailers that followed was met with relatively positive reception from fans, with many praising the design of the monstrous symbiote as well as getting the opportunity to see other Symbiotes, such as Riot, in the movie. The film was initially rumored to be Sony's first venture into R-rated superhero films, but it reported that the film will have a PG-13 rating
Sony has initially planned Silver & Black to follow up Venom, but the film based on mercenary Silver Sable and burglar Black Cat has since been scrapped in favor of solo movies, with the Black Cat feature likely to come first. It is uncertain if director Gina Prince-Bythewood will remain with the project, but Sony if adamant that if she does leave, they will have another female director to replace her. Sony is reportedly still eager to work with Prine-Bythewood on other projects.
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.
Sony’s licensing pact with Marvel includes rights to roughly 900 characters, which they intend to make full use of. With plans for Venom sequels in the works, Sony also has plans for a movie focusing on Morbius, which will be directed by Daniel Espinosa and staring Jared Leto as the titular vampire, as well as the recently announced Kraven the Hunter movie. Others in development include movies based on Silk, Jackpot, and Nightwatch.
It is still unclear if or how the Sony Spidey-verse would tie-in to Marvel Studios Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we can all agree that a Spider-man-less Spider-verse isn't very welcoming. That said, Venom looks like it's going to surprise us.