The spinoff follows plans for a Venom movie, following the symbiotic supervillain who bonds with a human host. Silver Sable (a mercenary) and Black Cat (a cat burglar and definitely not a Catwoman ripoff) suggest a darker tone than Spider-Man, one of Marvel’s more wholesome heroes.
This will be Sony’s first female-led superhero movie, although some fans will surely wonder why Sony didn’t choose Spider-Woman or Gwen Stacy instead.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chris Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) is writing the script, redrafting a version by Westworld‘s Lisa Joy. The studio hasn’t hired a director yet, but they’re supposedly hoping to start filming this year.
Sony has the film rights to Spider-Man and related characters, but no one else from the Marvel pantheon. This means they have to assemble an Avengers-style franchise from some fairly obscure characters. But if Suicide Squad can win big with a Z-list team, then why not Black Cat and Silver Sable?