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Sony’s Silver and Black Has Been Delayed Indefinitely

Images of Silver Sable and Black Cat from Marvel Wikia

After That Hashtag Show reported that Sony’s Silver and Black was being delayed indefinitely, director Gina Prince-Bythewood tweeted out an apparent confirmation of the report, saying she is “working on the script.”

Silver and Black was originally intended as the second of Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff movies, following 2018’s Venom. It will follow Silver Sable and Black Cat, two dangerous women who serve as both adversaries and allies to Spider-Man at various points in comics continuity. (Black Cat and Spider-Man even date for a while.) Since she was announced as the director, Prince-Bythewood has been rewriting Thor: The Dark World scribe Christopher Yost’s script for the film.

Then, last week, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider, Captain Marvel) had been brought in to write a new version of the script, which Prince-Bythewood would then polish and submit to Sony.

On the one hand, I’m glad that Prince-Bythewood and the team are taking their time on the script. With the DC Extended Universe, we saw what can happen when a studio rushes a project through production, so I’m happy that she wants to give this movie the space to develop and breathe. Silver and Black was also originally set to premiere in February, a month that is traditionally regarded as a “dumping ground” (though successes like Black Panther and Deadpool have certainly started to change that perception). It could be nice to see Silver and Black find a new, possibly more high-profile premiere date.

On the other hand, I’m disappointed that we won’t get two female superhero films in a 30-day span come spring of 2019. Silver and Black was initially slated for February 8, 2019, exactly one month before Captain Marvel‘s premiere on March 8, 2019. I was looking forward to those bookends.

And “indefinite” is a bit of a worrying word when it comes to production schedules. It could mean this movie will languish in production hell; it could mean Sony will just wait to start production until it figures out whether to sell its film division; it could just mean that they’ll announce a premiere date in two weeks.

Prince-Bythewood would have been the first black woman to direct a big-budget superhero film, so I do hope this one gets made, TMSers. We need more diversity behind the camera.

(via CBR; image: Marvel Comics)

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