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Sony Unveils Spider-Man Cinematic Universe Plans: Venom, Silver & Black, More

Posted By:Matt McGloin
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:46

With Spider-Man: Homecoming rebooting Spidey once again on screen with the help of Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, Sony is taking advantage of the success by launching a separate Spider-Man Cinematic Universe that kicks off with films for Venom and Silver Sable & Black Cat.

The Venom movie will star Tom Hardy, directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) for an October 5, 2018 release.

The Silver and Black movie has Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) attached to direct.

Variety posted an article offering how Sony is going to develop their SpideyVerse. Here are some key points:

Sony Spider-Man Cinematic Universe

• Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch is reading the Spider-Man comics and wants to "honor the original DNA."

• Sony wants each of their movies to have a distinct style.

• The characters could be featured in R-rated movies or even in lower-budget offerings (a la Fox's Deadpool).

• Sony isn't interested in making conventional comic book movies. 

• Marvel Studios won't be involved with Venom or Silver and Black.

• More announcements will be made in the coming months.

• The article makes it sound as if Spider-Man is not being ruled out to appear some time down the road as Panitch says "there are lots of opportunities" if Venom is a success. 

• Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch dodged a question about a Kraven the Hunter movie.

VENOM

• Described as a horror film.

• The Tom Hardy Venom sounds like the anti-hero version as director Ruben Fleischer says: “I’ve always been drawn to the more antihero superheroes. There’s a dark element to [Venom] and a wit that has always appealed to me.”

• The Venom movie will deal with the character's origins.

• Tom Hardy will play Eddie Brock.

• There will be a Jekyll and Hyde relationship between Eddie Brock and the alien symbiote.

• Getting back to the horror aspect of the Venom movie, it's said, "Venom will draw on the work of John Carpenter or David Cronenberg while promising 'more pop and fun.' "

• (A separate report also states Carnage will be a part of the Venom movie).

Silver and Black

Silver and Black pairs Black Cat, a jewel thief, with Silver Sable, a mercenary. 

• Silver and Black sounds like it will be a lot darker than Spider-Man: Homecoming.

• Director Gina Prince-Bythewood compares Silver & Black to buddy films such as Thelma & Louise and Midnight Run: “I wanted to tell the story of two damaged women who are at war with each other but need each other to survive,”

• Gina Prince-Bythewood says Silver Sable and Black Cat are "modern and cool" and even though "they may wear costumes, [they’re] very real and very grounded.”

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