The last we’d heard on Sony Pictures’ Silver Sable & Black Cat team-up – Silver and Black – the film had been put on indefinite hold a month or two ago. Now though, it looks as if it’s all systems go… even if the picture has now been completely canned.
To let us elaborate a little, Variety is reporting that Silver & Black has now been totally scrapped by Sony. But while that team-up won’t be happening, the studio has changed plans to instead explore solo movies for each of these characters. Silver & Black director Gina Prince-Bythewood is likely to get a producer credit on both of these efforts, and she could still yet end up directing one of them.
Key to all of this, of course, is Venom proving a success. That Tom Hardy-headlined effort hits cinemas this October, with it to serve as the launching point for Sony’s Spider-Verse. In addition to Venom, Jared Leto has recently signed on to take the titular role in Morbius the Living Vampire, and there are films planned for the likes of Silk, Nightwatch, Jackpot, and Kraven the Hunter. And now, there’s plans afoot for individual efforts for both Silver Sable and Black Cat.
Right now, this shared Spider-Verse is still sans its Wall-crawler, but there are loose plans to eventually incorporate Tom Holland’s Spider-Man into this realm at some point down the line. Before that, we’ll see the shared universe fleshed out with some key characters ahead of ol’ Web-head’s arrival.
For those not familiar with Black Cat and Silver Sable, both characters have existed in the Marvel comic book world for over 30 years now. Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat, debuted in 1979 and is essentially Marvel’s spin on Catwoman. A cat burglar who can bring bad luck to people, this villain-cum-antihero has also been romantically involved with Peter Parker at times over the years. Where Silver Sable is concerned, she made her bow back in 1985 and is a badass mercenary who’s behind the Silver Sable International firm. As the leader of the Wild Pack, she has come into the crosshairs of Spidey and the greater Marvel world at times, and is another who just about verges on the right side of the game when it comes to heroes and villains.
As ever, expect more on Sony’s Spider-Verse as it continues to develop.