Booksmart director Olivia Wilde will direct a brand new film set within the Marvel universe, Deadline reported Wednesday. Developed for Sony Pictures, the brand new movie will concentrate on certainly one of Marvel’s feminine superheroes. Sony hasn’t confirmed the film’s topic, however Deadline believes it should showcase Spider-Woman. Wilde retweeted the Deadline article using a spider emoji, seemingly confirming the report.
While many feminine characters within the Marvel universe have performed a model of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man — like Spider-Gwen in an alternate universe the place the radioactive spider bites Gwen Stacy as an alternative of Parker — Spider-Woman often refers to Jessica Drew, a very separate hero.
Spider-Woman was initially created out of a copyright concern — Stan Lee was nervous that one other comics writer would attempt to revenue off of Spider-Man’s reputation with a equally named hero — however her collection was an sudden success. Her origin story has been by means of quite a lot of retcons and rewrites, together with Hydra experimentation and alien DNA, however there’s one factor it has by no means included: a radioactive spider.
Jessica Drew is extra of a undercover agent and personal investigator than dorky Peter Parker, however she does have some related, spidery powers, like heightened reflexes, tremendous energy, and wall-crawling — the same old set. She’s additionally acquired electrical energy blasts like Miles Morales, and the additional good thing about “pheromone powers” (principally, she will make individuals suggestible by smelling actual good).
And, though this isn’t precisely a superpower, in current comics she has balanced being a kick-butt superhero with single parenthood of a wall-crawling child boy. She’s additionally a longtime shut pal of Carol Danvers.
Deadline stories that Katie Silberman will write Wilde’s new movie, with Amy Pascal producing. Spider-Woman could be one more Sony-developed Marvel film within the Spider-Verse, with Morbius, Venom 2, the Into the Spider-Verse sequel, Silk, Black Cat, and extra scheduled to reach within the subsequent few years.
2019’s Booksmart was Wilde’s first movie within the director’s chair. She has quite a few initiatives within the works proper now, all presumably forward of Spider-Woman.
Based on the present Sony/Marvel scenario, it’s unclear if Spider-Woman would ever seem within the MCU.