Sony Orders Sequel For ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ and an All-Female Spin-Off
Sony have ordered a direct sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as well as another animated spin-off starring all of Spider-Man’s notable female heroes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony are confident enough in the Spider-Verse film that they have already ordered a sequel weeks before it releases. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s level of involvement in the sequel is currently unclear, but they are expected to stay in-touch. The job of directing the sequel will fall to Joaquim Dos Santos, who helmed the Avatar: The Last Airbender and Voltron series. Understandably, plot details for the sequel have yet to be revealed.
But that’s not all. Sony are negotiating with Lauren Montgomery – who worked on Voltron and co-produced the Batman: Year One and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated films – to direct a spin-off to bring together Spidey’s female heroes. Bek Smith will write the script. It is assumed that Gwen Stacey will be the central protagonist after debuting in Spider-Verse, but the film will reportedly feature Spider-Woman, Spider-Girl, Silk, and Madame Web as well.
Both films will be produced by Amy Pascal, who is always heavily involved with all things Spider-Man at Sony, while Lord and Miller are expected to return as executive producers. Avi Arad is also expected to be involved, for better or worse.
Sony is taking advantage of the Spider-Man franchise’s reinvigoration after the character’s success in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Venom‘s surprising commercial success by building two separate shared universes, not unlike what DC does with its live action and animated films. The next two live-action projects are expected to be a Venom sequel and a debut film for Morbius the Living Vampire, starring Jared Leto.
While some fans are a bit concerned that Sony’s emphasis on doing tons of spin-offs could put the continued sharing of the Spider-Man IP with Marvel Studios in danger, Sony are said to be happy with the idea of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it gives them greater access to characters and potential storylines that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to use. It benefits Sony to have three ongoing Spider-Man franchises that are all successful instead of two, and there’s no guarantee that Morbius or any other live-action spin-off will do remotely as well as Venom, so risking it all likely isn’t on Sony’s mind right now. Not to mention that the inevitable Spider-Man and the X-Men, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man and Deadpool crossovers are just waiting to happen once Disney acquires 21st Century Fox’s major entertainment assets, so why give that opportunity up?
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