Every big studio wants to have a cinematic universe that can be a huge cash grab with every new installment. Ever since Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe expanded to unimaginable proportions, Sony decided to take matters into their hands and create a separate cinematic universe with Marvel characters they still own.
Although Sony and Disney formed a partnership that allowed Spider-Man to join the Avengers in MCU, other Marvel characters who are still under Sony’s umbrella are a part of the so-called Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU), previously known as Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters (SUMC).
Sony’s Spider-Man Universe kicked off with 2018’s Venom, starring Tom Hardy. The second movie was supposed to be Morbius, but that movie was already delayed seven times that Venom: Let There Be Carnage was released before it. Morbius is now set to be released in April this year (hopefully), but Sony isn’t stopping there. Next year, Sony is set to release the movie centered on Kraven the Hunter, in which the titular character will be played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who played Quicksilver in MCU’s Avengers: Age of Ultron).
One of the movies which are also in development for Sony’s Spider-Man Universe is Madame Web, and according to Deadline, it was revealed today that Cassandra Webb will be played by Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson. Johnson is probably the best known for the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades trilogy, in which she starred alongside Jamie Dornan, who was just yesterday cast for Netflix’s spy thriller Heart of Stone, in which he’ll star alongside Gal Gadot.
Madame Web movie was officially announced in September 2019, with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama as the screenwriters. The project is still in early development, but announcing the main actress means it is moving forward. We are hoping that the promised projects featuring Black Cat and Silver Sable will also come out of development hell soon. Venom is also set to get his third movie. Sony’s Spider-Man Universe has plenty of potentials, and let’s hope Sony can put that to good use. Although the first two Venom movies were met with negative to mixed reviews, they were both commercially successful, now let’s hope the upcoming movies can launch SSU into the stars.