Silver Sable & Black Cat movie Silver & Black finds a director

Sony’s second Spider-Man spin-off lines up Beyond The Lights director

Sony isn’t wasting any time putting their Spider-Man universe together. As the trailers mount up for Spider-Man: Homecoming (and that terrible poster), and with Tom Hardy and Ruben Fleischer confirmed for Venom, things are getting going on the Silver Sable & Black Cat movie.

THR reports that the film, which is titled Silver & Black, will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, best known for her work on dramas Beyond The Lights, The Secret Life Of Bees and Love & Basketball. She’s also just directed the first episode of Marvel’s superhero TV show Cloak & Dagger.

The script for the film is being written by Westworld‘s Lisa Joy and Thor: Ragnarok‘s Chris Yost and production is “planning for a fall start.”

For those unfamiliar with the characters:

“Silver Sable, created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz in 1985, is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals. The character has been both antagonist and ally to Spider-Man.

Black Cat, an acrobatic cat burglar whose real name is Felicia Hardy, has a long and tangled romantic history with Spider-Man in the comics.”

THR also reminded us that Felicity Jones played a character who had yet to become Black Cat in the remarkably overstuffed The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but there is no word on casting for either character, or indeed the storyline, for this new movie. It will be interesting to see how much, if at all, these spin-offs are connected to the Marvel-Sony Spidey. The report says that these films “stand apart” from the MCU, surely Tom Holland’s Peter Parker has got to show up, right? Will he just be web-slinging back and forth?

A release date has not yet been set for Silver & Black.

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