Sony’s Black & Silver is no more.
Despite developing a film around Spider-Man anti-heroes Black Cat and Silver Sable for sometime, Variety reports Sony will instead split the two character into their own separate adventures, starting with Black Cat. “We believe Black Cat is enough of her own character with a great backstory and a canon of material to draw from to justify her own film,” Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch told the site. Beyond running the division, Panitch is charge of developing what Variety says is being called “Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters” — or SUMC — within the studio.
Cloak & Dagger executive producer Gina Prince-Bythewood, who was slated to write and direct Black & Silver, will most likely stay on as a producer of both films, but not direct either. The studio hopes to find female directors for both projects and, likely, a project based around more recent Spider-Verse addition Silk. The studio is also developing projects based on Kraven the Hunter, Jackpot, Nightwatch and Morbius the Living Vampire with Jared Leto already set to star.
Of course, the future of SUMC all depends on the success of October’s Venom, which will set the stage for a film universe the studio has been interested in starting since The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While not specifically mentioned by Panitch or Variety, it is always possible the Sinister Six project teased in ASM2 will re-emerge if the SUMC plans are successful.