Wonder Woman has opened to pretty shining reviews, and as the DC movie was considered the studio’s first foray into female-led superhero films, the future of these endeavours was resting on the Amazon’s very strong shoulders.
Looks like she did the ladies proud, showing that female superheroes are most definitely bankable.
With that out the way, female-led projects are in the pipeline. A recent addition to this trend is the announcement of Silver & Black, a Spider-Man spinoff about Spidey villains/anti-heroines, Silver Sable and Black Cat.
Though this film is without any Marvel involvement, it’s controlled by Sony – the studio which is also bringing Venom to life starring Tom Hardy – this time round.
It’s fair to say that Marvel is taking its time introducing a standalone female superhero to their roster, the much requested Black Widow film is still yet to come to fruition.
However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony’s Silver & Black has already found a director in Gina Prince-Bythewood who helmed The Secret Life of Bees and Beyond the Lights starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. We think she’d be perfect for either role in Silver & Black, just saying.
With Westworld and Thor writers manning the script, this could be good. The superhero film universe is begging for a change in pace.
With yet another Spider-Man reboot headed for cinemas, it’s high time the powers that be focus on a gender shift when it comes to top billing.
So who are the new ladies on the block?
Silver Sable is a mercenary, hunter of war criminals, the leader of the Wild Pack, and CEO of Silver Sable International, while she’s mostly legit, her methods sometimes rub the good guys the wrong way.
Black Cat or Felicia Hardy is a burglar, fighter, and acrobat. She’s also Marvel’s answer to DC’s Catwoman. Hardy has a romantic, yet fraught relationship with Spider-Man, though we hope this dynamic is removed for Silver & Black.
Regarding casting, Felicity Jones originally portrayed Felicia Hardy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so she could be a frontrunner for the spinoff.
Plot-wise, Splash Report claims to have got their hands on what we can expect from the film. See it below:
“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 is 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.”
A Spider-Woman but no Spider-Man in sight? This film could spit in the face of Marvel’s Spider-Man universe, and we can’t help but think it’s about time. The introduction of Jessica Drew could also be the impetus for yet another all-female spinoff.
Production on Silver & Black begins this autumn. We can’t wait.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.