Sony Pictures is doing something interesting with their Spider-Man movies — they're making Spider-Man movies without Spider-Man. We talked about the director announcement for Silver and Black earlier this week, so now it's time for the rumor mill to kick into high gear.
As always we stress, this is a RUMOR that may or may not pan out. If it does and you read this article, you're ahead of the curve. If it doesn't, well, then we get a different movie.
Our rumor comes in the form of story details from Splash Report. There are some interesting names here:
"Here are some details about the story: Seven years after Mendel Stromm (a.k.a. Robot Master) and his two henchmen (The Scorpion and The Tarantula) killed her father, Silver Sable is hired by the government to find Felicia Hardy. The Black Cat, a master hacker and thief, has apparently stolen valuable secret information. She's hiding in the lawless and dangerous triple frontier area between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.
Once there, Sable ask her old contact Dmitri Smerdyakov (a.k.a. The Chameleon) to locate her. But it seems, the government are not the only ones looking for the Black Cat. It seems Felicia had made a deal Stromm to save her father from a Russian prison and she's been genetically enhanced. Now, the mad scientist wants his prized experiment back because his financier (cough Norman Osborn cough) wants a return on his investment.
There's no appearance or mention of Peter Parker or Spider-Man.
Also in the story: Dominic Fortune, Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), Roxxon Oil, Sergei Kravinoff (Kraven the Hunter), Lonnie Lincoln (Tombstone) and Charles Standish."
(Scoop sent in by Colonel George Dillon)
The one that grabs my attention is Jessica Drew, AKA Spider-Woman. Jessica is a great character and one that deserves not only her own movie, but maybe her own miniseries; the fantastic seven-book arc done by Brian Michael Bendis in 2009 after Secret Invasion is perfect for a Netflix series. To see her show up as a side character annoys me on a fan level. The same could be said about Kraven the Hunter, who is also an interesting enough character to carry his own movie or series, not just a cameo in some villain team-up story.
The lack of Spider-Man is not surprising, considering where Sony is going with these characters. But seeing that Norman Osborn could show up is interesting, if nothing else.
Silver and Black will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and is set to be released in October 2018.