As Sony prepares to release Spider-Man: Homecoming this summer, the studio continues to expand its own Marvel universe, having hired Christopher Yost to write an untitled superhero movie that will pair the female characters Silver Sable and Black Cat — though it’s unknown whether they’ll join forces or battle each other.
Sony owns or controls roughly 900 Marvel characters so it makes sense to begin developing movies about superheroes besides Spider-Man, though this female-powered project is in the very preliminary stages and isn’t envisioned as a Spidey spinoff, but rather a standalone that could launch its own franchise.
Silver Sable is a mercenary who hunts war criminals, while the better-known Black Cat is an acrobatic thief named Felicia Hardy, who was played briefly by Felicity Jones in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
They’ve hired a comic book expert in Yost, who worked on Marvel’s two Thor sequels and numerous comic book-related TV series. Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy wrote a previous draft of the script.
Sony is already searching for a director to take the reins of Venom, which had a difficult development process before gaining new momentum earlier this month in advance of an October 2018 release.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about Sony hiring Yost, whose representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Sony, for its part, had no comment.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief