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Sony Beats Marvel & DC to the Superheroine Movie Punch With Possible 2017 Release Date For Female-Led Film

But who's the lucky lady?

SpiderWomanWell this is certainly unexpected.

Deadline reports not Warner Bros., not Marvel Entertainment, but Sony is moving forward with a female-led superhero film set in the Spider-Man universe.

They write, “Having pushed the next installment of its Spider-Man franchise out of 2016 and into 2018, Sony Pictures is doing a top-to-bottom revamp of its most important property, insiders say. And that includes a female superhero movie which is being eyed for a 2017 release date.”

So who are we actually looking at here? There aren’t a whole lot of choices for superheroines in the Spidey-verse, but possibilities are Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon), or perhaps Black Cat. Maybe Silver Sable, but I’m reaching.

“What other movies we could do was something everyone started talking about when shooting the last movie,” Deadline quoted one person with knowledge of the plans as saying. “With Salt, Wanted, and Lucy, there is a huge appetite for this right now.”

Sony was already working on expanding their Spider-Man property with a Sinister Six villain project as well as a Venom solo outing.

Just the other day Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige mentioned we’d see a female-led film from Marvel Entertainment “sooner rather than later,” but many have criticized their output so far and the time it’s taking them to get there.

Meanwhile, Warner is just getting ready to premiere a live-action Wonder Woman on the big screen for the first time, but in a film focused on Batman and Superman.

Sony has a few years to put something together. Everyone cross your fingers.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."