Hot on the heels of the news that the Sony brain trust is now angling to secure a PG-13 rating for Ruben Fleischer's Venom comes the following news, via The Hollywood Reporter:
"Silver Sable and Black Cat will no longer be sharing the screen in Sony's Silver & Black.
The Spider-Man spinoff had been set to feature the two characters, but the studio is now planning on developing solo movies for both of them, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed."
Yes, that's right - Silver & Black, the Spider-Man spin-off intended to bring together Silver Sable and Black Cat, will no longer be one movie. It'll be two separate movies, one for each character. Gina Prince-Bythewood, who was hired to direct Silver & Black, is not currently lined up to direct either project, but THR says she'll be remaining on as a producer for both films.
We're not sure what to make of all this. Spider-Man spin-offs are being announced, cancelled and/or tinkered with at a rate we normally associate with the shenanigans happening over at the DCU. What caused Silver & Black to fall apart? Why was it (allegedly) renamed Tri-Border at one point? Why isn't Prince-Blythewood directing either of these new films? Should we really be announcing all these Spider-Man spin-offs before we're absolutely certain even one of them can be a success? Who can say?
Many questions, precious few answers. For the time being, all we can do is sit back and watch all of this unfold. As previously reported, Sony's slate of Spider-Man spin-offs currently includes Venom, a Morbius The Living Vampire movie, a Kraven The Hunter movie, and now both a Silver Sable and Black Cat movie. Stay tuned for more on all of these as further updates roll in.