Thanks to the unprecedented deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, the Spider-Man franchise will be rebooted once again, except this time the web-slinger will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite this, Sony still owns the film rights to the character and all other associated characters, so it’s possible that the studio may decide to develop other movies besides Peter Parker’s upcoming 2017 feature. And apparently one name in consideration for a movie is one of the most popular character’s from Dan Slott’s epic Spidey crossover ‘Spider-Verse.’
Last year before Spidey joined the MCU, there were big plans for the House of Ideas’ flagship hero at Sony. Not only were there sequels to Marc Webb’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ in the pipeline, but other spinoffs such as ‘Sinister Six’ and ‘Venom’ were in development as well. But the most mysterious of these projects was the one intended for an unspecified female character. Rumors said that Felicity Jones’ Felicia Hardy AKA the Black Cat would be the star, but other options might have been Silver Sable, Firestar, White Tiger, or Spider-Woman (either Jessica Drew or Julia Carpenter).
When the deal between the two companies was made, it was assumed that the spider-slate was wiped clean and that all three of those films were off the table. However a new report has emerged stating that the female-led Spider-film is still on its way. And instead of Drew or Carpenter, apparently the Spider-Woman that Sony will go with is Gwen Stacy.
According to Bleeding Cool, screenwriter Lisa Joy made comments (which were brought to light during the Sony hacks) about bringing Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy back as Spider-Woman after ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ A month later, an alternate version of Gwen was introduced in Marvel Comics’ ‘Edge of Spider-Verse’ #2 that became a hero when she failed to save her version of Peter Parker. Since then, Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi’s Spider-Gwen became an instant fan-favorite. Could this have been a trial run for the character before introducing her to audiences on the big screen? Bleeding Cool seems to think so.
Though I’d love to see Spider-Gwen pop up in a movie theater near me in the future, I feel like there are other factors to consider. First of all, Joy’s comments and the debut of Spider-Gwen could have just been a coincidence. Then, there’s the matter of film rights. Even though Sony has the rights to Spider-Man and any related characters, does that apply to new characters created by the comic company after the initial film deal was made like Silk, Anti-Venom, and Spider-Gwen? Or do they belong to Marvel Entertainment and can be used by Marvel Studios in their cinematic universe? Just like Marvel’s situation with Fox and characters like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, this whole thing is pretty complicated, so I wouldn’t hold my breath for a Spider-Gwen movie just yet.
Would you like to see a Spider-Gwen movie? Do you think that Sony even has the rights to the character? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments.