'Silver & Black' movie cancelled, Sony announces two standalone movies on Marvel characters Silver Sable and Black Cat
Although Gina Prince-Bythewood will no more direct the film, she will still be the producer of the two films separately; a female director will likely replace her
Sony's Marvel title 'Silver & Black' is being split into two separate movies, the first among both which is likely to be titled as 'Black Cat'. The original movie was supposed to revolve around the war boss, Silver Sable against the burglar Black Cat. Although Gina Prince-Bythewood will no more direct the film, she will still be the producer of the two films separately.
Sony which already has access to almost 900 Marvel characters, also intends to grow that franchise, so it will probably take over another female director to helm the 'Black Cat' movie. Sony is also taking other Marvel projects which includes Daniel Espinosa's 'Morbius' starring Jared Leto, along with 'Silk', 'Jackpot', and 'Nightwatch' for which the studio is yet to hire screenwriters.
As Variety has reported, Sony is interested in developing standalone projects around the Spiderman universe characters, and 'Black Cat' is the first step to that project. Sanford Panitch who oversees Sony's Marvel films said, "We believe Black Cat is enough of her own character with a great backstory and a canon of material to draw from to justify her own film."
Black Cat isn't the only female character whom Sony is trying set against her own story. As the studio is eager to bring forward more female-oriented stories, especially at a time when Hollywood has suited up to represent the minor and the oppressed sections of society, movies like 'Silk' and 'Jackpot' can help fulfill the purpose.
While Silk is a Korean-American superhero, Jackpot is an elderly heroine which is certainly a move away from the usual superhero portrayals who are mostly young. Panitch has rightly mentioned that the Spiderman universe already has a lot of characters.
"There are villains, heroes, and antiheroes, and a lot are female characters, many of whom are bona fide, fully dimensionalized, and utterly unique...We feel there’s no reason the Marvel characters shouldn’t be able to embrace diversity." On the other hand, Sony also plans on experimenting with the budget ranges of its projects and has been trying to work on films like 'Logan' and ' Deadpool' which have a large number of adult audience.
The studio is releasing Lord & Miller's 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' which will tell the story of Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino teenager who assumes he is Spiderman's mantle and also the very first black Spiderman. However, the film is not a part of Sony's planned universe but will be of its own entity.