In a fairly interesting move, Sony Pictures has announced a further expansion to their Spider-Man universe with the development of a Black Cat/Silver Sable film. Both characters featured often in the various Spider-Man titles over the years, with Black Cat at one point dating Spidey while Silver Sable often worked with him as a part of her Wild Pack on missions. Of course, these connections seem to be moot as Sony seems set on spinning off these characters without a connection to the current MCU Spider-Man, Tom Holland.
Chris Yost, who’s written comics, animated series, and most recently Thor: Ragnarok, has been brought on board to pen the untitled film, apparently working off an earlier version of a script by Lisa Joy, who co-wrote HBO’s hit Westworld (pssst, check out our Westworld panel at WonderCon). Amy Pascal and Matt Tolmach of Sony will be producing, and the report confirms that these characters will not be connected to the MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
That isn’t necessarily the worst thing for these two characters, who were both created independently from Spider-Man, whereas a character like Venom owes his entire origin to Spider-Man, making that loss of connection a little bit worse for his film. The only issue I see with a film like Silver Sable/Black Cat (hopefully we get a title soon) is it feels like a forced combination of characters. While both characters were heavily involved in Spidey’s world, they didn’t really have too many connective tissues between each other.
Felicia Hardy AKA Black Cat is a cat burglar/anti-hero/straight up villain with oddly defined bad luck powers and a taste for expensive things. The character has obviously been a goal of Sony’s for a while, with Felicia already appearing briefly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – played by Rogue One‘s Felicity Jones – and was previously rumored for Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 before it was abandoned.
Silver Sablinova AKA Silver Sable is actually a prime character for a film adaptation. She’s a foreign mercenary who is also CEO of Silver Sable International, leader of the Wild Pack, and international woman of mystery. She was trained by her Nazi-hunting father from a small child, and followed in his footsteps over the years. This eventually led her to the creation of her company and the Wild Pack, a handpicked team of mercs employed by Silver Sable International.
Hopefully, the combined popularity of both characters will help add to the film’s success, which might be the reason we’re seeing these two shoehorned into one film. Without a Spider-Man to help draw in the mainstream crowds we have to hope Yost is putting together a hell of a script to help sell us on this, because while we love seeing two female characters leading a superhero film, we’ve watched Sony work in this universe before and don’t want to see these characters not given their proper due.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter