After the big win at the Golden Globes this past weekend, it is not that surprising to hear of Sony making big plans for ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse,’ a film many are calling one of the best comic-book adaptations of all time. A sequel is already in the works, and most likely we will also see a spin-off movie for Spider-Gwen, potentially another for Gwen and Peni and other female heroes, and there is a long-shot chance of seeing a spin-off film featuring the wacky adventures of Spider-Ham (which I would definitely pay money to see.) But Sony is not just looking at the big screen to keep this franchise going, as the New York Times is reporting that Sony is also looking to expand into the television medium with some of the characters.
The most likely characters to get their own shows would be Peni Parker, Spider-Ham, and Spider-Man Noir (since they are mainly the supporting characters in the movie), owing mainly to their very distinctive styles, which would lend themselves nicely to crafting TV series that would not just feel like carbon copies of one another. Peni Parker’s show would be more anime-style, while Spider-Ham’s would be more cartoonish, with old-school Looney Toons style gags, and finally, Spider-Man Noir’s show could really lean into the black and white art deco style, and tell grittier stories. And the beauty of it all is that the very nature of the “Spider-Verse” means Sony could have their cake and eat it too, meaning all the characters could exist both in their own shows and still pop up on the big screen as supporting characters when needed and still be in the same continuity, as none of them exist in the same universe normally, only when some major sci-fi event occurs like during ‘Into The Spider-Verse.’
What are your thoughts on Sony potentially making TV shows out of their ‘Spider-Verse’ properties? Even if only one or two is successful, do you think it is worth a shot? Or are you worried they might be over saturating the market, and trying to squeeze too much out of this one successful movie? Is there a chance that by taking on all these other side-projects they might be pulling too much talent out of the ‘Spider-Verse’ team, and the sequel will not be able to hold up? Feel free to share any excitement, or worries you may have in the comments below!