Sony has announced two untitled Marvel/SUMC for 2023. In the 1990s, Sony jumped in to acquire the rights to Spider-Man and 900 other Marvel characters, at the same time as 20th Century Fox acquired the rights to The X-Men and The Fantastic Four. While Disney’s Marvel Studios was able to reclaim the rights to the latter as part of its 2019 merger, Sony has hung on to the rights to Spidey and other Marvel characters, allowing the web-slinger to appear in the MCU only after a series of significant talks and deals.
After enabling Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to be intimately entwined in the inner workings of the Marvel Cinematic World, Sony set out in 2016 to create their own shared universe, which began with Venom in 2016. Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the sequel, was only published earlier this month, yet Sony is already moving forward with its Spider-Man Universe plans, with Morbius and Kraven the Hunter set for release in January 2022 and 2023, respectively. The hugely successful animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse series, the second of which is expected to be published in October 2022, will be included in this.
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Sony recently made headlines by rearranging their domestic release schedule to make space for even more Marvel-themed films. While Michael B. Jordan’s A Journal for Jordan has been rescheduled for a 2021 Christmas release, and the film adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel The Nightingale has been put back, the most notable alterations are the inclusion of two new unnamed Sony/Marvel films in 2023. Two mystery films have been confirmed for June 23 and October 6th, 2023, in addition to Kraven the Hunter’s current January 2023 date.
The first question that fans will have is which of the reported projects will be given these coveted release dates. Several Marvel projects have been mooted in recent years and are all in various states of production, including the long-stalled Sinister Six film. The film directed by Olivia Wilde and said to star Spider-Woman may be one of the most likely candidates for one of those two spots. While Sony has yet to confirm that a Spider-Woman film is in the works, Wilde herself retweeted rumors that she had been contracted to helm a Sony/Marvel feature in 2020, adding a telltale spider emoji.
Another potential contender is the all-female-centric animation Into the Spider-Verse spinoff, Spider-Women, rather than another live-action picture. Spider-Gwen, Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), and Cindy Moon (Silk) are among the female Spider characters set to appear in the film, which will be written by Maleficent: Mistress of Evil screenwriter Bek Smith. However, Spider-Gwen actor Hailee Steinfeld confirmed earlier this year that she had not yet heard any further information about the potential spinoff.
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