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Sony's Silver Sable Spider-Man Spin-Off May Be Back on Track

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Back in 2014, before Sony decided to let Marvel take the steering wheel of Spider-Man movie franchise, it had plans for the webslinger’s cinematic future. Big plans. Plans that included a spin-off movie based on the mercenary Silver Sable. Plans that may be back on.

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According to a recent episode of the podcast Popcorn Talk, Sony Pictures has been in talks with Abi Morgan, the screenwriter behind Shame and The Iron Lady, to draft a film based on Silver Sable. The idea had previously been mentioned in the infamous Sony email hack of 2014, alongside Venom, The Adventures of Aunt May, and Glass Ceiling, the tentative title of their all-female Spider-Man supporting character extravaganza.

But all of these movies—well, maybe minus Aunt May—make more sense than Silver Sable, who isn’t even in the top 30 of best-known Spider-Man characters. Sable is usually seen leading a group of mercenaries called the Wild Pack as they hunt down war criminals while propagating the economy of their fictional slice of Europe, called Symkaria. Her run-ins with Spidey have been pretty random; they’re much close to business acquaintances than allies.

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But if Silver Sable is back on Sony’s docket, then it stands to reason that Venom, Glass Ceiling, and the others may be as well. And then the question is if Sony is also going to partner with Marvel Studios on these Spider-spin-offs or if they’ll try to handle them on their own. (And yes, I would totally see a movie about Marissa Tomei’s Aunt May.)

Fun fact: Debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man #265, Silver Sable was created after Tom Defalco bought some Safari Cards off late night TV.

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DISCUSSION

  • Cameo Silver Sable in Spiderman: Homecoming w/ Black Widow reference.
  • Give her a bigger part in a possible Black Widow movie.
  • Based on reaction, do Silver Sable movie.
  • Flip back to Black Widow.
  • Repeat.

I have to wonder if most audiences realize how old the Black Widow character is? Her age. Not how long she’s been in the comics. They’ve been told that she was trained in the Soviet era, had past missions with Winter Soldier, and seemed to have personal memories associated with the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D.
How many people who only know her from the movies picked up on that and when will they actually drop the information in a movie?