Another new Marvel movie is coming from Sony Pictures and its starring character could be a first for the company.
Variety (opens in new tab) reports that director S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones) has signed up to develop the project, which is set to be the first female-centric movie in Sony's growing catalogue of films based on Marvel characters – now officially called the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters or SPUMC.
According to the trade publication, the project is still extremely early in development and there is a "strong possibility" that it will be a Madame Web movie. If that's true, then that aligns with the previously rumoured Madame Web movie (opens in new tab).
In the comics, Madame Web appears as a blind, elderly woman in declining health who is a powerful clairvoyant. That would make her an atypical star for a superhero movie, since Web doesn't do your typical action-packed superpower stuff like punching bad guys. However, one of her best-known roles had her sending Peter Parker across the multiverse in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, which could be ripe for setting up the Tom Holland Spider-Man cross-universe teases that Disney has put out there (opens in new tab).
It could also be an all-new interpretation of Madame Web, or it could end up being about a different Marvel character altogether. The report stresses just how early and susceptible to change all these discussions are.
The one sure thing is that it's being led by S.J. Clarkson. While all of her credits up to this point are in television, she has previously directed episodes of both Jessica Jones and The Defenders, so she already has some established Marvel cred.
Venom 2 is set to hit theatres in 2021 (opens in new tab) due to a COVID-19 driven delay in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as is Morbius (opens in new tab). Hopefully, by the time they hit the big screen, we'll have a better idea of Sony's secret new Marvel project.
See how the pandemic is affecting the entertainment industry with our guide to every movie and TV show delayed by the coronavirus (opens in new tab).