With Sony still trying to strengthen its Marvel brand just beyond Spider-Man, they’ve now brought on a new director to do just that.
In an exclusive from Deadline, it was reported that Olivia Wilde has been tapped by Sony to direct an as-of-yet untitled Marvel film with Katie Silberman writing the script. According to the report, Sony is attempting to build out their Marvel universe with female characters at the center of it and, presumably, in addition to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
Wilde made her directorial debut in 2019 with the absolutely wonderful film Booksmart and has since been one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood.
Even though the film that Wilde is reportedly attached to is, as of right now, a “mystery,” the Deadline report states that the story will revolve around Spider-Woman. However, this is not confirmed in the report, but Olivia Wilde retweeted the Deadline article with a spider emoji, hinting that it may be true.
Beyond just naming Spider-Woman in the report though, there is little to no other information to glean as it doesn’t specify which Spider-Woman character the story would follow. It’s a title that has been carried by the likes of both Jessica Drew, who is the main comics version of the character, and an alternate version of Gwen Stacy, who headlined the Spider-Gwen title for several years and most recently changed her name to Ghost Spider. This version of Gwen Stacy also appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
If this report is true, then this is the fourth film that Sony is currently developing within their internal Marvel Universe. SJ Clarkson, who had previously worked on Jessica Jones, was brought on to direct a potential Madame Web film and there are also Black Cat and Silver Sable films in development. Currently set to be released on Sony’s Marvel slate though are Morbius and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, both of which were pushed back to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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