Reports over the past couple of days indicate that Sony is looking to further expand the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters. There are multiple suggestions that the SPUMC ties into the MCU. Most recently when Michael Keaton who played Vulture (Adrian Toomes) in Spider-Man: Homecoming appeared in the recent Morbius trailer.
Up until now, Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off movies have only focused on villains, in the shape of Venom and Morbius. That might be set to change, however, with two recent reports revealing that the characters Madame Web and Jackpot are set to appear in their own films.
S.J. Clarkson Signs on to Direct Madame Web
First up, Variety has revealed that Sony has recruited veteran TV director S.J. Clarkson, who has previously directed episodes of The Defenders and Jessica Jones, to develop its first female-centric movie. Unfortunately, Variety’s source couldn’t confirm which character the movie will be focused on. They did, however, suggest that there was a strong possibility that the film will be based on the Madame Web character. Sources also indicated that Sony is looking to cast an A-list actor for the role, and then hire a writer to develop the film around them.
Marc Guggenheim Enlisted to Write Jackpot Movie
Following hot on the Madame Web rumour comes the news from Deadline that Sony has recruited Marc Guggenheim, who has been involved in many DC TV shows, to write a film based on another female character, Jackpot.
It’s not clear what Sony is planning for the Jackpot film, but her appearance would introduce an ally for Spider-Man to team up with, unlike the previously mentioned villains. Jackpot first gained superpowers after Sara Ehret was exposed to “Lot 777” whilst working on a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Pregnant at the time, she fell into coma for four months, before giving birth to her first child without any complications. When her family are almost killed by falling debris, she displays super strength to save them.
Seeking a return to normal life after a short career as a superhero, Ehret passes the reigns to Alana Jobson and gives up fighting crime. Jobson had taken a cocktail of drugs in order to gain similar powers to Jackpot before taking up the role. Unfortunately, Jobson doesn’t last long and dies after being given blindness serum by Blindside. Spider-Man helps Jobson to regain her vision with an antidote, but the blindness serum has a bad reaction with the drugs that she took to gain her powers, killing her shortly after. After learning of Alana Jobson’s fate from Spider-Man, Ehret once again takes up the role of Jackpot.
There’s no current timeline on when the Madame Web or Jackpot films will begin production or a planned release date. As always, we’ll keep you up to date as we learn more.