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Sony announces female superhero film around Spider-Man universe

A female comrade of the web-swinging Marvel superhero may soon have her own film

By Andrea Tim | Published: 6 Aug 2014

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Photo: (L-R) Black Cat and Spider-Man

The Marvel and DC panels provided fans with their fair share of San Diego Comic Con excitement, but the superhero hype has far from died down. Sony is reportedly working on getting a female superhero film out by 2017, to go alongside the Spider-Man franchise.

While this isn't the first time a "female superhero film" is going to be released, we doubt anyone's going to count Halle Berry's Catwoman or Jennifer Garner's Elektra, only because both were box office flops.

The Spider-Man spinoff goes in addition to Sony's standalone films for super villain ensemble Sinister Six – which was hinted at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – and Venom.

According to Deadline, Lisa Joy (Pushing Daisies and Burn Notice) will pen the script for the new superheroine film. With the obvious candidate being Spider-Woman, other possible contenders are Black Cat and Silver Sable. Black Cat made her debut as her alter ego Felicia, Harry Osborn's assistant, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so it's not completely irrational to suggest that she will feature.

The comic universe seems geared into welcoming a feminist era, but we're not going to be surprised about it. Marvel Comics announced in July that Thor is now female (because, surprise!). Zack Snyder recently revealed the first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (arguably one of the most iconic female superheroes there is) in upcoming Dawn of Justice, after having had Superman and Batman conquer films for years. About time, guys, about time.

Related: Thor is now a female superhero
Related: Bryan Singer leaks X-Men: Apocalypse script


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