Sony Pictures has found their next hero for their Spider-Man roster, as the studio is not working to bring Silk to the small screen.
Sony has been ramping up its efforts to expand their cinematic universe of Spider-Man characters. According to Variety, Sony Pictures TV is developing a live-action television show centered around Silk aka Cindy Moon, the Korean-American marvel character created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos.
It was reported that the live-action series is currently in the early stages of development with Lauren Moon in talks to write the show. The writer is best known for her work on Good Trouble as well as Sony TV’s Netflix series Atypical. Lauren Moon is also Korean-American like Silk, so fans believe she could give better insight into the star’s multicultural dynamic.
Where Will Silk Go?
At this time, no network or service is attached to the show, but Variety reports that Sony is in talks with Amazon in hosting their line-up of Marvel TV shows based on characters Sony controls. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to be executive producers under their shared production banner. They will join Spider-Man franchise producer Amy Pascal in overseeing the project as Sony Pictures Television also lends its production assistance.
The reports suggest several issues need to be resolved. Some of them have to do with the complex web of multi-platform rights for the various characters. For now, there is no official confirmation regarding the deal.
This is not the first time Silk has come up in headlines with the trades. Sony is developing multiple projects with various characters like Spider-Woman, Kraven the Hunter, Silver and Black, Silk, etc. After a long time in development, there is finally some moment in these productions. Recently Olivia Wilde is hired to direct and develop a Marvel film revolving around a female character and it is expected that the film is Spider-Woman. Also, director J.C.Chandor is in talks to direct Kraven the Hunter movie.
Back in 2018, it was said Sony Pictures was developing a live-action standalone film starring Silk. The heroine was confirmed to appear in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel and also tied to a possible Spider-Verse spinoff starring all-female leads that would center on Silk, Spider-Gwen, and Spider-Women. However, no further info was ever given on this projects. Tiffany Espensen played the character in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming. It is unknown at this time if she would star in the series.
Silk would mark one of the first comic series to feature an Asian-American character in the lead. The character Silk’s real name is Cindy Moon, a Korean-American classmate of Peter Parker. She was first introduced in the comic books in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in 2014. Like Peter Parker, she is bitten by the same radioactive spider that bit him, which gives her the ability to move incredibly fast and shoot webs out of her fingertips. She also possess an advanced Spider-Sense, known as Silk Sense.
Silk was part of the new Agents of Atlas team, which debuted in 2019’s War of the Realms tie-in and later got their own five-issue limited series. A new Silk ongoing comic series by writer Maruene Goo and artist Takeshi Miyazawa was set to be published in July 2020 but is on hold due to the global pandemic.
These days more and more Asian and Asian-American characters are getting time in the spotlight of huge comic book properties on film and TV. Following the Marvel’s forthcoming movie Shang-Chi, with Simu Liu and Ms. Marvel Disney+ show the Silk will be the next project to feature an Asian lead.
As one can imagine, fans are excited about this project, and much of that hype is thanks to Silk herself. The Spider-Hero has become a popular young adult heroine in comics in the same vein as Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl. So hopefully this live-action project pans out whether it will be a movie or a series.
Meanwhile Sony’s other Marvel-related films, Morbius is currently slated for March 18, 2021 release and Venom: Let There Be Carnage is scheduled for June 25, 2021 release.
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