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9/3/2020 • 4 min read
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has a lot to deal with, from petty criminals to super-villains to the pressures of being a high school student in New York City. Now there's one more thing he's got to do: Sustain an ever-larger network of movies held together by the idea of one of the greatest heroes to come out of Marvel Comics.
For years, Sony has looked at ways to expand the film footprint of Spider-Man and the many characters associated with the webhead. Beginning with the partnership that led to SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, Sony has begun to bring movies to the screen featuring not only Spider-Man himself but a wide variety of heroes and villains. And so we've thrilled to blockbusters like VENOM and returned again and again to the Oscar-winning SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.
So what’s next for Spider-Man and his amazing friends? Read on to find out, true believer!
Last year was a fraught one for Spider-fans, as talks between Sony and Marvel Studios broke down around the same time that SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME was hitting theaters. Thankfully, star Tom Holland helped broker a peace accord between the studios. A new agreement was reached that will put at least one more Holland-led film (produced by Marvel Studios) in theatres, along with another Marvel Studios film where Holland would co-star. Some speculation says the latter movie will be CAPTAIN MARVEL 2, but those reports have yet to be confirmed.
Currently, the third Holland Spider-Man movie is slated for December 21, 2021, and will once again be directed by franchise stalwart Jon Watts, with Zendaya returning to co-star. Where will Spider-Man be headed this time, following the shocking mid-credits scene at the end of FAR FROM HOME? How will Marvel squeeze the word “home” into the title a third time? We'll have to wait to find out!
For many fans, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is the very best Spider-Man movie there is. (We're tempted to agree!) There’s so much energy and imagination in every second of screen time. The sequel will once again be shepherded by producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller and written by David Callaham, with directorial duties handled by Joaquim Dos Santos.
The as-yet-untitled sequel to INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is set to come to theatres on October 7, 2022. There has also been buzz about an animated spin-off film called SPIDER-WOMEN that would focus on Gwen Stacy, Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman), and Cindy Moon (aka Silk). This project is being directed by Lauren Montgomery and written by Bek Smith but there is no firm release date for the movie.
After the phenomenal success of VENOM, Sony quickly put a sequel into development along with additional titles focused on characters from Spider-Man’s rogue's gallery. VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE will be out on October 1, 2021. Tom Hardy returns to the title role and is surrounded by a supporting cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, and Naomie Harris. (The movie was originally scheduled for Halloween 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19.)
And Venom isn’t the only villain or anti-hero coming to the big screen. April 2022 will see the release of MORBIUS, starring Jared Leto as a scientist-turned-vampire, which was also scheduled for this year until getting bumped back due to the pandemic. When the trailer for MORBIUS, which also stars Matt Smith, Jared Harris, and Tyrese Gibson, was released earlier this year, eagle-eyed Spider-fans got a surprise. That was an appearance from another Spider-related villain, Michael Keaton’s Vulture, from SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.
And J.C. Chandor, director of TRIPLE FRONTIER and A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, was recently announced as prepping a KRAVEN THE HUNTER movie for Sony, based on the Spider-Man antagonist. Spider-Man has a lot of foes, so this might be just the beginning of a run of movies giving the spotlight to other baddies.
Another character in development in the Spider-world of Sony is JACKPOT, based on a relatively recent character who was introduced into the comics in 2007. Jackpot is a super-heroic agent who worked as a government spy in New York before selling her identity and costume to an enthusiastic young woman. Sony has employed Marc Guggenheim, who also worked on ARROW, to bring the character to life.
Another potentially bizarre project is MADAME WEB. In the comic books, she is an elderly woman with a neuromuscular disease who is hooked up to a life support system. She’s also psychic. But since she’s pretty much stuck in one place she never actually fights anybody. Big-name talent like Charlize Theron has been mentioned in connection to this project, which is being developed by director S.J. Clarkson, who made episodes of JESSICA JONES and THE DEFENDERS. Finally, Sony secured Olivia Wilde (seen above) to work on a new Spider-film with her BOOKSMART co-writer Katie Silberman. It’s unclear what character or characters they’ll be tackling. Whatever it’ll be, we’re just excited for a new Olivia Wilde movie – the fact that it’s set in the Spider-Man universe is just the icing on the cake.
All images courtesy of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios.
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