With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four and X-Men properties, the House of Mouse moves ever closer to consolidating all Marvel assets. However, there are some assets that have escaped their grasp. As of now, Sony officially owns the film rights of up to 900 Marvel characters. Which is utterly insane! Sony has been awfully mum about its creative properties though. Beyond a few entries into their ever-growing cinematic universe, we’ve yet to uncover the full breadth of Sony’s Marvel catalogue. Their latest entries include 2018’s “Venom” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”.
That being said, there’s plenty more on the way. Some of these characters are household names you’ve known for years. Others are a little more obscure, if not downright esoteric. In any case, we’re doing a rundown of some of the most intriguing non-Disney Marvel films that fans can expect to see in the future.
1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
In a post-credits scene at the end of 2018’s “Venom”, we see Eddie Brock interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady played by Woody Harrelson. During the scene, we hear Kasady make a chilling threat that when he escapes from prison “there’s going to be carnage”. In the comics, Kasady bonds with an offspring of Venom’s symbiote to form a terrible new identity. A crimson monster aptly named Carnage. A villain who has been a thorn in Venom and Spider-Man’s sides for years.
Sure enough, a sequel to the 2018 film has been announced, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”. Who will come out on top here? Everyone’s favourite black bruiser? Or his psychopathic counterpart?
2. Morbius (2021)
Are you ready for yet another dark anti-hero with a pension for feeding on his victims? Well, then meet Morbius the Living Vampire played by Jared Leto. In an attempt to cure his blood disease, scientist Michael Morbius instead becomes a bloodsucking vampire of the night. His vampirism grants him extraordinary super-strength along with a whole suite of other amazing abilities.
Now Morbius must decide whether he’ll use his otherworldly powers for good or succumb to his monstrous urges. It’ll be interesting to see Sony’s superhero take on the classic Dracula story. Hopefully, we’ll get to see some “Blade” level action and gore.
3. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Sequel (2022)
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was one the best films of 2018. A gorgeously animated tale of self-discovery and heroism through the eyes of Miles Morales’ Spider-Man. If you thought Miles’ multiversal adventures have come to an end, then think again! We are indeed getting a sequel to “Into the Spider-Verse”.
The plot of the film will further develop the romantic relationship between Miles and Gwen Stacy. One that was originally supposed to be in the first film. The ending of “Spider-Verse” did a fair amount of teasing so we’re definitely excited to see some Spider-love in the next film. Fingers crossed, we get to see more Spider-Man 2099 as well.
4. All Female Spider-Verse Spinoff (In Development)
We’re not quite done with the Spider-Verse news just yet. Sony Producer Amy Pascal has confirmed that an all-female spinoff film based on “Into the Spider-Verse” is in the works. Alongside established characters like Gwen Stacy, the film will also feature some new faces as well. Two characters set to appear in the spin-off are Cindy Moon as Silk, a Korean girl who gains the powers of Spider-Man, and Jessica Drew as Spider-Woman.
In the comics, Stacy, Moon and Drew actually do team up to form a group in the 2016 event “Spider-Women”. Together they battle against an alternate evil version of Cindy Moon who runs a terrorist organization. While we can’t confirm when exactly this all-female spinoff will debut, it’s safe to deduce that it’ll be released after the “Into the Spider-Verse” sequel.
5. Sinister Six Solo Film (In Development)
After the success of 2018’s “Venom”, Pascal expressed a renewed interest in developing a “Sinister Six” film. One set to be directed by Drew Goddard, the man who wrote and directed “Bad Times at the El Royale”. Pascal stated that she’s simply waiting for Goddard to initiate the project. The project was initially cancelled to make way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) reboot of the character.
Now, though, it seems the project is back on tracks. Director Drew Goddard has also expressed interest in making the film reality given the opportunity. Well, the stars are aligned and it’s only a matter of time before Goddard makes an announcement.
6. Jackpot (In Development)
If you aren’t an avid fan of Marvel comics, chances are you’ve never heard of Jackpot. Originally, Jackpot was a registered superhero whose secret identity was Sara Ehret. Over time, Ehret grew tired of being a hero. More than anything, she wanted to settle down and raise her child. Weirdly enough, some lady named Alana Jacobson bought Ehret’s license and identity. Ehret agreed and through a mixture of dangerous experimental drugs, Jacobson took up the mantle of Jackpot.
This premise sounds absolutely bonkers and fun if we’re being honest! Sony has already brought on Arrowverse co-creator Marc Guggenheim to write the film. When we’ll precisely see this wannabe hero is unknown but rest assured it’s on the way!
7. Kraven the Hunter (In Development)
For real, what is up with Sony Pictures’ obsession of giving villains their own film? Sony is busy at work developing a “Kraven the Hunter” film. They even have a director in mind. In Marvel comics, Kraven is considered to be one of Spider-Man’s most deadly adversary. A man who is driven by the hunt. He will stop at nothing until he catches his prey. He’s not a complete monster, though. He honours the code of the hunt and will not harm the innocent. There have been times Kraven also served as an anti-hero. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Sony will depict the hunter on the big screen. When the studio plans to takes its shot, though, has yet to be confirmed.
8. Madame Web (In Development)
The final pick on our list is a particularly curious one. You ever wondered how Peter Parker’s Spidey-sense works? Turns out the answer is more metaphysical than you think. Throughout the multiverse, all Spider-people are linked to a mystical force called the Web of Life and Destiny. That’s where they derive their eerie sixth sense from. Only one person, though, is able to see the Web in its totality, a blind psychic named Madame Web.
Sony is currently working on a standalone “Madame Web” film with director S.J. Clarkson. While the character in the comics was an elderly woman, it seems Sony plans on tweaking the character a bit. Some of the names being floated to play the character are Charlize Theron and Amy Adams. We’d be more than happy to see any of these fine actresses inhabit the role of the enigmatic Madame Web.