New Marvel Movie In Development At Sony

Director S.J. Clarkson is developing Sony's first female-focused Marvel movie.

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Despite the rash of COVID-19 (coronavirus) related delays in both production and release for movies around the world, the minds behind your favorite franchises are continuing to ramp up their plans. Variety has reported that Sony has pegged TV director S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, The Defenders) for a new film project in Sony's Marvel universe.

Though details about the project remain mysterious, it has been noted that Clarkson will work on Sony's first female-focused project, making it possible that she'll be taking on the Madame Web movie announced late last year. In Marvel Comics, Madame Web is an elderly, telepathic, precognitive mutant confined to a hospital bed surrounded by life support machines that resemble a spider web. Her mutant abilities make her a strong ally for Peter Parker, though she never actually fights villains herself for obvious reasons.

Given Madame Web's status as a side character in the Marvel Universe, it's certainly possible that placing her as the main character for the movie is a red herring and that it will actually serve to introduce one of Marvel's many Spider-Women into the live action universe. Madame Web happens to be the granddaughter of one of them, Charlotte Witter, the fourth person to take over the mantle.

Meanwhile, Sony's other Marvel-related projects, Venom 2 and Morbius have been delayed thanks to the global pandemic. Morbius will be hitting theaters on March 19, 2021, pushed back nearly a full year from its original date of July 31, 2020. Venom 2 will be arriving on June 25, 2021.

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