Maybe a Female Superhero Can Save Sony’s Floundering ‘Spider-Man’ Franchise

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Briefly: Hot on the heels of plenty of female-friendly news, from the revelation that Ghostbusters might be getting an all-girl makeover to our first look at Wonder Woman, Deadline reveals that Sony is looking to get going on a female superhero movie. That’s right, you read that correctly, we’ve finally got a fresh female superhero movie in actual development. 

The outlet reports that Sony is launching “a top-to-bottom revamp of its most important property,” as the beleaguered Spider-Man franchise recently endured a poor critical and financial showing of its latest entry — this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — and a pushed release date for its next installment (from 2016 into 2018). The details on this are super-slim, but we do know that the new superheroine will be tied into the Spider-Man franchise in some way. The film will reportedly arrive sometime in 2017. 

Whatever the film may be and whoever it may chronicle, Lisa Joy Nolan has already been set to pen the script. Deadline muses that Nolan might be working on a film for “Silver Sable, Black Cat, Stunner, Firestarter and Spider-Woman,” but that’s still speculation. Worth considering, however? The appearance of actress Felicity Jones in TASM2, who played Felicia Hardy, aka the Black Cat, a super thief with prodigious fighting skills. It’s also unclear which characters Sony actually owns the rights to — just look at the tangle of Fox and Disney when it comes to Marvel’s various mutants. 

Although this kind of revamp might not be able to solve all of Spidey’s current problems, it does signal Sony’s interest in doing something truly different to beef up a beloved franchise. Whereas we’ve gotten used to cast switcheroos, pushed release dates, fresh directorial talent, and just plain bigger explosions, something like this — giving people what they want! — is kind of new territory. Let’s see where it goes.

The other spinoffs of the TASM franchise remain in place, with Sinister Six set to arrive on November 11, 2016, and the Venom film (possibly called Venom Carnage) is reportedly on track for 2017.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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