This week we learned Olivia Wilde will be developing and directing a film for Sony Pictures based on a female Marvel character. Many thought this might be Spider-Woman (and it’s a good guess). However, my suspicion is it might be about Silver Sable or the Black Cat, previously announced movies in development. It could also be the Jackpot movie being written by Marc Guggenheim. Further supporting this idea is the new announcement that JC Chandor will direct another Spider-Man spinoff starring villain Kraven the Hunter for Sony Pictures. Sergei Kravinoff (the brother of Spider-Man villain Chameleon) is an animal hunter who sometimes has superpowers. His most famous story came in the 1980s with “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” which saw the character die. Obviously, because comic books, he’s returned to life since.
The surprise success of Venom likely bolstered Sony’s plans to take well-known Spider-Man villains and turn them into protagonists and anti-heroes. They are great characters and removing from them the impulse to “Destroy Spider-Man!” actually makes them more interesting. It also allows Sony Pictures to tell grittier, more adult superhero stories than the Disney-owned Marvel Studios seems willing to do.
Chandor comes to this project off of his big-budget Netflix action feature Triple Frontier, starring once-and-future Batman Ben Affleck. His other films, however, bolster the notion that Chandor can deliver an emotional, nuanced, while still thrilling and action-packed take on what (done incorrectly) could be a very silly character.
What do you think? Are you excited that JC Chandor will direct the Kraven the Hunter movie and that Sony Pictures is all in on Spider-Man spinoffs? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.