With Spider-Gwen's prominence on the "rise" (wordplay intentional), particularly in Marvel's new kid/girl-friendly Marvel Rising animated series and December's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from Sony, you have to think the studios have carved out an agreement about just how and how much the newer character can be leveraged, even if Dove Cameron and Hailee Steinfeld aren't on Instagram liking terms. With 900 characters in the stable, calling the franchise a "Spider-Man Universe" is somewhat limiting.
That hasn't stopped the studio from moving ahead on their other Spidey spin-offs however, with news having come last week that a Kraven the Hunter film is now in the works, and that Cindy Moon's Silk - another pivotal Spidey character - will be joining the villain in a feature of her own.
Variety are reporting that Sony Pictures will be pursuing an aggressive strategy with their use of Marvel's characters, and drop the bombshell that Venom - long thought to be an R-Rated project - could release with a PG-13 rating.More news: Manchester United vs. Leicester live stream
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The company has also set up a screenwriter for a movie based on Kraven the Hunter in The Equalizer 2's Richard Wenk, and is developing another movie based on the character of Nightwatch, for which it is now seeking a writer as well. Instead, Sony has plans to split the pair up and give each of them their own films and that the Black Cat will most likely be the first of the two.
How do you feel about Sony's plans for SUMC? Silver & Black are headed to the big screen, too, but they've since been redirected to individual solo movies.
While Spider-Man is now part of Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe, the cinematic rights to the character remain with Sony. Before Jake Gyllenhaal had been tapped as Mysterio for Spider-Man: Far From Home, I had been rooting like insane for Kraven to be the next Spider-Man movie villain. While Panitch is the one in charge of this entire enterprise, so to speak, Sony's approach to the actual films will be more "producer-driven", so you can expect lots of variety and deviation on each individual production.