Anything Marvel Studios can do, Sony can do better. Well, at least Sony thinks so. After cutting Marvel Studios and its president Kevin Feige loose, following two successful ‘Spider-Man’ movies that were constructed as part of Marvel’s incredibly popular Cinematic Universe, Sony still has massive plans for the Wall-Crawler, and they won’t be limited to the big screen. Just as Marvel Studios is prepping a series of original shows featuring some of its movie characters for Disney+, Sony is reportedly developing “five to six” TV series that will be part of its expanding film universe, which already includes ‘Venom’.
Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra told Variety:
“Spider-Man was fine before the event movies, did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well. I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.”
Vinciquerra pointed to the success of ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ which was made without Marvel’s input, and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, as an example that Sony and Spider-Man will be “just fine” on their own. He also pointed at their hit series ‘The Boys’ on Amazon Prime Video as an example that they can handle the superhero genre on the small screen as well.
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Next summer, Sony will deliver ‘Morbius’, its second Spider-Verse movie, starring Jared Leto as scientific pseudo-vampire Michael Morbius. Following that, ‘Venom 2’ is expected to arrive on October 2.
‘Silver & Black’, a movie that was meant to feature the Spider-Man supporting characters Silver Sable and Black Cat was scrapped after it was decided that the two characters should get their own movies first. There hasn’t been much news about those in a while, but it is believed that they are still in development.
There has been talk of a movie featuring Kraven the Hunter. Its status is also unknown at this time. Spike Lee had expressed interest in making a film about obscure character Nightwatch, but Lee walked away, so it’s unclear if Sony will still pursue that idea with another director. Another character, Jackpot was being discussed at one point.
Who will star in these “five to six” TV shows? Frog Man should be free. Or Rocket Racer. The Kangaroo is probably due for his spotlight. Oh, I know! Dog movies are popular. How about a dog TV show– ‘The Fabulous Adventures of Ms. Lion’?
What Spider-Man supporting characters or villains do you think could support their own TV series?