Sony wants to develop a female-centric superhero movie based on a character from the Spider-Man universe, as well as adding the one and only mass-murdering psychopath Carnage to the Venom movie still being developed.
The less-than-stellar gross for Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has caused Sony to retool the franchise’s structure. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been moved to 2018, and in its place, Sony fast-tracked The Sinister Six - a spin-off focusing on Spider-Man’s nemesis super-team – to be helmed by Cabin in the Woods‘ Drew Goddard. Now it appears Sony will be developing a Spider-Man spin-off starring a female superhero AND reportedly re-titling their Venom movie to Venom Carnage, which means we might, at long last, see Carnage on the big screen. There’s no word on which female character the new spin-off will focus on, though Spider-Woman and Black Cat are the obvious choices. Lisa Joy Nolan (HBO’s Westworld) has been hired to pen the screenplay.
While this is still in the early stages of development, it’s likely Sony would take the character of Felicia Hardy (played by Felicity Jones in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and establish a Black Cat spin-off. With the addition of a screenplay penned by Lisa Nolan (wife of Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher), a very accomplished screenwriter in her own right, you have an incredibly intriguing premise, one filled with more promise than a third possible Amazing Spider-Man movie. This would also be the first female-driven superhero film of the modern era (no Supergirl, Tank-Girl, Catwoman, or Elektra!), beating out DC’s still unannounced plans for a Wonder Woman movie as well as Marvel Studios, who just don’t seem interested in a female-centric movie anytime soon.
However, if a Black Cat movie fails, it won’t be the filmmakers who are blamed, it will be the source material, and would unfortunately just add fuel to to the flame that is the incredibly gender-biased world of comic-book movies. We all know the kind of backlash that came out of the female-Thor announcement a month ago. All of this despite the fact that female moviegoers are making up a larger portion of superhero audiences (the Guardians Of The Galaxy opening weekend was 44% female—the biggest yet for a Marvel movie). It’s time the idea of a female superhero isn’t treated as a stigma but with the same general interest as any other superhero film. Sony’s aforementioned female superhero film could be the first of many and hopefully convince other studios to get with the times.
The announcements don’t end there. Maybe even more of a GEEK-y development is that the forthcoming Venom movie may contain one of Marvel’s most popular villains. Cletus Kasady AKA Carnage himself is rumored to appear on the big screen, if the rumored title of the film is to be believed. The report stated that the film will be called Venom Carnage (no slash’s, no vs‘, just something that sounds like it would involve poisonous, mass-murdering reptiles). Alex Kurtzman and Ed Solomon are penning the screenplay, with Kurtzman reportedly set to direct. Kurtzman is also writing and directing Universal’s The Mummy reboot, so he might have his hands full in the long run; a good thing for fans who want to see Venom and Carnage crafted on the big screen with gusto and craftsmanship… Kurtzman is a bit of a red flag. The release date is 2017, which would put Venom Carnage out during the same year as Sony’s above-mentioned female-driven film.
Unfortunately, that’s all there seems to be on the Venom Carnage news-front, but the fact that Sony could be establishing Carnage in the film’s title shows they are very serious about his inclusion. The possibilities should have any fan excited, and yet cautious over the big screen incarnation of two famous antagonists. The idea of Cletus Kasady and Eddie Brock – if they decide to go with these particular egos – battling one another, or perhaps teaming-up in some epic fashion, could please anyone still trying to wash the taste of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3‘s Venom depiction out of their mouth. However, it would need a great crew, a smart script that actually develops characters, and some choice casting in the form of the titular characters.
It’s left to be seen if either of these properties have box-office potential, but in the right hands, and with a careful eye for marketing, it’s in the realm of possibility both could be blockbusters. Sony looks to be trying for something new given they don’t want to return to a solo Spider-Man film for some years now. If any new details surface on either of these projects GEEK will make sure to bring them to you, so stay tuned.
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