Sony Plans First Female Superhero Movie With ‘The Amazing Spider-Girl’

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In an recent interview with Comic Book Resources, Marvel studios president Kevin Feige was asked when fans can expect a movie with a female superhero lead based on a comic book character. Here was his vague answer:

“…it comes down to us being able to tell the right story. I very much believe in doing it…It can certainly be done. I hope we do it sooner rather than later. But we find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have — which is a very, very good thing and we don’t take for granted, but is a challenging thing.”

He mentions the huge success of female-led action blockbusters such as ‘Divergent’, ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Frozen’, and even far back as ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Aliens’. But overall he uses the excuse that because they are juggling so many other action movies slated to be released over the next 4 years that the “timing” isn’t right. Well how about purposefully choosing to release a female-led movie during that time, Kevin, since you obviously know the success it can have? Perhaps he should take note of the latest comic book incarnation of Thor, who is a woman.

Anyway, it got a whole bunch of critics, fans and industry peeps pissed because there really is NO excuse for a studio not to branch out with a female superhero franchise. The whole “it’s a fluke” or “it’d be taking a risk” excuses aren’t even viable anymore, thanks to the aforementioned examples by Mr. Feige himself.

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However, where one studio is clearly not on the same page as a large part of its audience, another one will gladly take up the challenge! Sony studios have announced they will be the bearers of good news, and plan to release a female super-hero flick. Industry insiders speculate it is most likely ‘The Amazing Spider-Girl’ or ‘Spider-Woman’. Following on from the major success of the Spider-Man re-boot starring Andrew Garfield, the studio believes it IS the right time to slot in a female superhero. Thank you Sony!

‘The Amazing Spider-man 2’ grossed over $700 million in worldwide box office sales this year when it was released in May, and they have pushed the third installment of the film back to 2018, which leaves room for a female superhero to burst onto the scene in 2017.

At San Diego Comic Con Sony announced their next installment in the franchise would be ‘The Sinister Six’, based on all the villains of Spider-Man converging after the evil Dr. Octopus summons them, which will be released at the end of 2016. The studio is hoping for big things with just this film, as there are several incarnations of the team. Sony is hoping ‘The Sinister Six’ will do for the ‘Spiderman’ franchise what ‘The Avengers’ has done for Marvel, and even mimic the huge success of the ‘X-Men’ movies.

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All this is good news because it means a more viable landscape for a female blockbuster to thrive and prove to the studios that this is something audiences want to see. The other good news is that they’ve used the opportunity to hire women. Screenwriter Lisa Joy Nolan (HBO’s ‘Westworld’, and ‘Reminiscence’) has been hired to pen the script. And after all the attention ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ writer Nicole Perlman received for being the first credited female screenwriter on a Marvel movie, perhaps Sony wants to up the ante, and we’re ok with that!

For those unfamiliar with who she is, Spider-Woman is Jessica Drew, a character with a mega comic book history. Jessica was actually a clone of Peter Parker, as well as a double-agent alien impostor. In addition to Spider-Girl, Sony also has the rights to other female superheroes such as Black Cat, Firestarter, Silver Sable and Stunner. Pending the popularity and success of ‘The Amazing Spider-Girl’, we hope this means they are possibly planning more than one female franchise for comic book fans.

If women are half the movie-going population, and if female-led action movie franchises have proven to be popular amongst both men and women, this type of news from Sony will soon be commonplace, and we can’t wait for it not to be gender-based either. Here’s to the impending ‘Spider-Girl’ or ‘Spider-Woman’ movie and many more which will emphasize the presence of female empowerment in comic book action blockbusters forever.

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