Sony’s Marvel Universe Updates: Silver and Black Splitting into Two & More

Lewis Collier
August 10, 2018

It was also reported that the studio is planning for Venom to push the boundaries of a PG-13 rating, with hopes that Spidey could appear in a future installment down the line should it be successful enough to warrant a sequel. If Venom is kept at PG-13, the studio believes there will be greater leeway in having characters cross over within the films.

Moving forward, while Sony is developing a series of disparate Spider-Man comics adaptations, they're not necessarily doing so with the idea of a strictly unified cinematic universe in mind. But Marvel Studios still doesn't have all of its characters in one box, as Sony Pictures maintains the license for all things Spider-Man-related. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will hit theaters on December 14th. As part of that process, one of the other movies Sony has previously announced for that universe, Silver & Black, is officially being scrapped and mined for parts.

It's learned new plans are in place for Kraven the Hunter and Jackpot movies.

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Regarding Kraven the Hunter, Richard Wenk (The Equalizer 2) is now writing the script, with the film moving forward. It's a lot riding on a simple rating, but it does suggest intriguing future plans for Venom, and possibly an early death knell for Sony's Spider-Man-less cinematic universe. It's noted the Silver Sable movie and the Black Bat film will have female directors, and that Sony is eager to work with Prince-Bythewood on other projects.

The first trailer for Venom gives the movie a dark, violent that had fans speculating the film would be Sony's first R-Rated Marvel movie, but according to a report from Variety, it is increasingly unlikely that will happen. Instead, it will split the characters off into their own solo features, with the first likely to focus on Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy. Without the kid-friendly Spider-Man dragging Venom down, the comic book movie was to be Sony's grasp at being taken seriously. Part of the reason is that the studios joined forces on Spider-Man: "Homecoming, with Marvel coming on board as a producer", Variety notes.

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