Sony’s Amy Pascal (via TheWrap) is hinting that we could see The Amazing Spider-Man franchise get it’s own film universe. Stating that supporting characters from the films could end up getting spin-offs. Venom and Green Goblin are named possibilities, but it doesn’t sound definite about the latter. A Venom movie is currently in the books with Chronicle and The Fantastic Four‘s Josh Trank attached to direct it. That project even has a script from Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland, G.I. Joe: Retalation, Deadpool). Hunger Games director Gary Ross was going to direct before Trank got the gig. I have to admit a Green Goblin movie is worth considering. However, it’s been teased that the character will have his origins in the upcoming sequel. The studio is currently working on scripts for Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Amazing Spider-Man 4. At least one of these spin-offs could hit theaters before the release of the fourth film.
“We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains,”
Anti-heroine Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat is also name-dropped. She is named among the main villains featured in Amazing Spider-Man 2. Black Cat is one supporting character that is likely the best female spin-off candidate. There have been rumblings that Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) could be playing Hardy in Amazing Spider-Man 2. Having her character start off as villain or even apart of the Sinister Six could be a way to introduce her to audiences. Originally, in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 actress Anne Hathaway was set to play Black Cat. This was before the film got the axe from Sony. Hathaway would later land of the role of Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Anne’s turn as Catwoman was considered the highlight performance of the film. There was even talk of a possible Catwoman spin-off which Hathaway was keen for.
Speaking of Hunger Games, that franchise is proving that female-focused action films can earn major box office dollars. Marvel has been backlogging projects like Ms Marvel and Black Widow films. It could be awesome to see Sony striking first with a solid female-driven Marvel film. Let’s all just pretend that Elektra never existed and move forward. Another idea is that Webb and screenwriters could find a way to include Peter Parker clone Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider). I wouldn’t count-out supporting characters such as mercenary heroine Silver Sable and fellow costumed crime fighter The Prowler from getting their own films as well.
UPDATE: Deadline has a few more words from Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton. He confirms that the studio has more than a few Spider-Man spin-off scripts in the works.
“We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works”