Sony Planning a Female-Centric ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff…for 2017


By: Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Good news! We’re finally getting a superhero movie led by a woman! The bad news? It’s at least three years away.

After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 grossed disappointing numbers at the box office ($700 million worldwide), the third installment was bumped to 2018 and the fourth will likely be scrapped. As such, Sony is seemingly looking to do a revamp of their once-lucrative franchise.

As announced at Comic-Con, The Sinister Six, which will follow Spider-Man’s biggest nemeses, has been fast-tracked and will be released November 11, 2016. Though not much is known about the plot, it has been revealed it will revolve around villains summoned by Doctor Octopus, likely in an attempt to take down Spider-Man.

After the villains bow, a woman will take center stage. Nothing has been revealed as to whom that character will be, but brand recognition alone would point to Spider-Woman, a.k.a. Jessica Drew. Another possibility could be Black Cat, who was sort-of maybe introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Her real name is Felicia Hardy; there was a character in TASM 2 named Felicia (played by Felicity Jones). Other options include Silver Sable, Stunner, and Firestar.

Lisa Joy Nolan has been tapped to write the spin-off with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing. Not only did Nolan write the script for a project called Reminiscence and is working on HBO’s Westworld series, she’s also Christopher Nolan’s sister-in-law. Superhero stories must run in the family!

So what does this mean for other female-led comic book adaptations? I’ve already expressed my desire for a Black Widow movie and at the time I definitely thought Marvel would beat other studios to the punch. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige even said in a recent interview with Comic Book Resources that we’d see a female-led film from Marvel “sooner rather than later.” But Sony got there first and while it may be a few years until this superheroine spin-off hits theaters, hopefully its announcement will begin a trend for other major studios to get started with their own projects with kickass women in lead roles.

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