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Sony Spider-Man Universe: Every Marvel Spin-off and New Movie in Development

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Spider-Man is one of the few Marvel heroes with a supporting cast and rogues gallery wide enough to support an entire cinematic universe. And that's exactly what Sony is trying to launch. Even as Tom Holland fans await word on where the actor will play Spidey again, Sony is moving full speed ahead on its Spider-Man Universe. Morbius came, went, and will never be forgotten, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is starring in the upcoming Kraven movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is getting another sequel after Across the Spider-Verse, and a fairly obscure character known as El Muerto is reportedly getting his own film as well. Plus, the live-action series Silk: Spider Society and the live-action Spider-Man Noir series have been announced.

To help make sense of the many Spider-Man-adjacent movies in the works, we're breaking down every Sony Marvel movie that's either been officially announced or rumored to be in development. Check out the slideshow gallery below or scroll down to get the scoop on Spidey's cinematic future.

Spider-Man Spin-Off Movies

Every Spider-Man Movie Spin-Off in Development

Here's a quick bullet list of all the movies and TV shows that are in various stages of development:

  • Kraven the Hunter (In Production) – October 6, 2023
  • Madame Web (In Production) – February 16, 2024
  • Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (In Production) – March 29, 2024
  • Untitled Sony/Marvel Universe Movie (In Development) – July 12, 2024
  • Tom Holland Spider-Man Sequels (In Development) – Dates TBD
  • El Muerto (In Development) – Date TBD
  • Venom 3 (In Development) – Date TBD
  • Silk: Spider Society (In Development) – Date TBD
  • Spider-Man Noir Series (In Development) – Date TBD
  • Untitled Female Cast Into the Spider-Verse Spin-Off (Status Unknown/Possibly Dead)
  • Black Cat (Status Unknown/Possibly Dead)
  • Silver Sable (Status Unknown/Possibly Dead)
  • Nightwatch (Status Unknown/Possibly Dead)
  • Jackpot (Status Unknown/Possibly Dead)

Read on for more details on each project.


Kraven the Hunter (October 6, 2023)

Status: In Production

Sony is also shining a spotlight on Kraven the Hunter. One of Spider-Man's oldest rogues, Kraven is a skilled hunter who sets his sights on Spider-Man after conquering all other prey in the animal kingdom. He's also the central antagonist in the seminal comic storyline Kraven's Last Hunt, which could easily serve as a source of inspiration for the movie. Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) and the team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) wrote the screenplay. Triple Frontier director J.C. Chandor is directing the film, which will star Avengers: Age of Ultron's Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven. Christopher Abbott, Alessandro Nivola, and Russell Crowe have also been cast in the film, which is currently set for an October 6, 2023 release, having been bumped from its prior January 13, 2023 date.

Madame Web (February 16, 2024)

Status: In Production

Morbius writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are scripting a Madame Web spin-off. Also known as Cassandra Webb, Madame Web is an elderly mutant with clairvoyant powers who has been associated with various Spider-Women in the comics. Jessica Jones director S.J. Clarkson will direct Sony's first female-led Marvel movie. Dakota Johnson will star as the title character while Sydney Sweeney will play Julia Carpenter/Spider-Woman. Previously slated for an October 6, 2023, release, the film is now scheduled to drop on February 16, 2024.

Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (March 29, 2024)

Status: In Production

The third Spider-Verse film is called Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (dropping the Part One and Part Two from the Into the Spider-Verse sequels' titles that had previously been announced). Obviously Across the Spider-Verse, the second film in the series, leaves a lot of questions that will need to be answered in Beyond. Beyond the Spider-Verse is expected on March 29, 2024. Learn more about the Spider-Verse here.

Untitled Sony/Marvel Universe Movie (July 12, 2024)

Status: In Development

Sony has slotted a mystery project for July 12, 2024. It was previously scheduled for June 7, 2024, but no word on what the film might be about or which Marvel characters could appear in it.

Tom Holland Spider-Man Sequels (Dates TBD)

Status: In Development

It's a little unclear when the next appearance of Tom Holland's wallcrawler will come. When Sony and Marvel made a new deal in 2019 to continue to share the character, which allowed No Way Home to be made, an MCU crossover film was also said to be part of that agreement. What that crossover film might be is unclear, however.

As for future solo films, during No Way Home's press tour, producer Amy Pascal said that the thinking is that there will be at least three more Spider-Man films starring Tom Holland. It should be noted, however, that has not yet been confirmed by Sony or Marvel.

El Muerto (Date TBD)

Status: In Development

At CinemaCon 2022, Sony announced El Muerto, a Spider-Man spin-off movie starring musician, producer, actor, and wrestler Bad Bunny as the title character. El Muerto is a wrestler with superpowers whose mask and abilities are passed down from generation to generation. The film was reported to have a release date of January 12, 2024, at that time, and yet as of April, 2023, filming had still not begun and Bad Bunny's publicist said the film was "at a standstill" only to later clarify that it was "in development." Hmmm.

Venom 3 (Date TBD)

Status: In Development

A third Venom movie is in the works, but little is known about it at this time. Sony officially announced the film at CinemaCon in April, 2022. In February of 2023, Tom Hardy revealed that Venom 3 is in pre-production. Check out what Spider-Man: No Way Home means for the future of Venom here.

Silk: Spider Society (Date TBD)

Status: In Development

A more recent addition to Spider-Man's world, Silk is a heroine who was bitten by the same radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers. Resurfacing after a decade spent locked in an underground bunker, Cindy Moon has followed the example of Spider-Man and become a costumed superhero. Cindy has actually made small appearances in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War (played by Tiffany Espensen). But we assume the role will be recast for any new Silk project.

Silk was originally announced as a movie, but has since evolved into a series that will air on MGM+ and Prime Video (the first in a new partnership between Sony, MGM and Prime Video). Into the Spider-Verse's Angela Kang will serve as showrunner, and the series will follow Cindy's origin story as she escapes imprisonment, comes to terms with her powers and seeks out her missing family.

Spider-Man Noir Series (Date TBD)

Status: In Development

Following the announcement of Silk: Spider Society, word came that Spider-Man Noir is the second series to come about from Sony and Prime Video's new partnership. The Spider-Man Noir series is a live-action show set in this Depression-era version of the Marvel Universe, though Peter Parker himself reportedly won't be the main character.

Spider-Man Noir is being developed by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and 22 Jump Street writer Orien Uziel, who will write and executive produce.

Untitled Female Cast Into the Spider-Verse Spin-Off

Status: Unknown/Possibly Dead

An Into the Spider-Verse spin-off featuring an all-female cast was said to be in the works at one point, with Spider-Gwen expected to make her return. Other characters like Spider-Girl, Spider-Woman, Madame Web, Silk and even Black Cat might've been featured. Not much has been heard of this project since it was first revealed in 2018, however, and it seems likely to have died on the vine.

Black Cat

Status: Unknown/Possibly Dead

Along with Venom, one of the earliest Spider-Man spinoff movies Sony pursued was Silver & Black, a team-up film featuring mercenary Silver Sable and master thief/occasional Spider-Man love interest Black Cat. While Sony went as far as hiring director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) and dating the film for a February 2019 release, it was eventually canceled. Last we heard, the studio was reworking Silver & Black into solo movies for the characters, though it's unclear if there's any movement on these projects at this point. In 2020, reports indicated that Black Cat and Silver Sable might become TV projects for Sony instead.

Silver Sable

Status: Unknown/Possibly Dead

Silver Sable got her biggest role in the Spider-Man PS4 game. As with the Black Cat project, this movie's status is uncertain at this point. In 2020, reports indicated that Black Cat and Silver Sable might become TV projects for Sony instead. Learn more about Silver Sable with our explainer.

Nightwatch

Status: Unknown/Possibly Dead

Nightwatch is easily the most obscure Marvel character being tapped for the Spider-Man Universe. This vigilante hero wears a durable nanotechnology costume that enhances his strength by stimulating his adrenal glands. Interestingly, Variety reported in March 2018 that director Spike Lee was in talks to direct the film, though Lee has since said he is not attached. This is another project that seems to not be moving forward any time soon.

Jackpot

Status: Unknown/Possibly Dead

Another fairly recent addition to the Spider-Man universe, Jackpot has often fought alongside Spider-Man in defense of New York City. When she was first introduced, readers were led to believe she was actually Mary Jane Watson in disguise. Instead, it was eventually revealed that Jackpot is an identity used by two different women – genetic researcher Sara Ehret and her admirer, Alana Jobson. It was reported in August 2018 that a Jackpot movie was in development, and in 2020 further news came that Marc Guggenheim was writing the screenplay. No cast or director have been revealed so far and this one also seems unlikely to happen at this point.

The Future…

Sony Pictures Entertainment execs clearly have plans for the Marvel characters they have the rights to. “We have the next seven or eight years laid out as to what we’re going to do with that asset, and that will not only be on the film side — it’ll be on the TV side,” said Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tony Vinciquerra. “Our television group will have its own set of characters from within that universe that we will seek to develop.” Of course, that was in 2019, so we're already four years into his seven…

Could the Olivia Wilde-directed Spider-Woman movie that was reported on in 2020 still be in the works? Or the Roberto Orci-scripted Marvel project that was also rumored that year? How many of the projects already reported on fall under Vinciquerra's plans, or have been dropped by now? One thing is certain: The Spider-Man universe is only going to get bigger on the big and small screens in the coming years.


Which of the Spider-Man spin-offs are you most looking forward to? Let's discuss in the comments!

Note: This story originally ran in August, 2018. It was updated with the most recent information available on June 1, 2023.

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