For some time now, we’ve known that Sony Pictures was trying to develop an interconnected Spiderverse, utilizing key characters Spider-Man has had interactions with throughout his time as the web-slinger. Since the deal was made with Marvel to send Spider-Man back home in favor of some help crafting said Spiderverse, and after the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony has announced a bevy of solo flicks in the works, Venom, Spider-man: Far From Home, Silver and Black (Black Cat), Morbius the Living Vampire, and the potentially Spike Lee-helmed Nightwatch.
While a majority of those wouldn’t be recognized by the general public, comicbook and even fans of the animated Spider-Man series have found these to be pretty exciting announcements, even if a majority of those fans weren’t too keen on the first Venom trailer. However, the announcement of the latest superhero to join the Spiderverse should have everyone gasping with glee.
Sony Pictures has announced that a Silk movie is in the works, with Amy Pascal producing. I understand that fans are likely jumping for joy, while casual moviegoers are giving off the Djimon Hounsou “Who?” face from Guardians of the Galaxy. That’s ok, because we’ve got the skinny on the Korean-American hero.
We all know the story of how Peter Parker became Spider-Man, Peter goes to lab, Radioactive spider bites Peter on the hand, Uncle Ben, Great Power Great Responsibility, you know the jist. However, before the radioactive spider died, it bit someone else on the ankle, another student named Cindy Moon. Moon’s powers are similar to Peter’s except that Moon can actually create organic webs, whereas Peter has to use tech to web-sling. In the comics, Moon isn’t able to control her abilities as well as Peter does, at first, and enlists the help of uber-rich businessman Ezekiel Sims who eventually puts her in a bunker for some time. Parker eventually saves her and their connection to the spider creates an insatiable lust between the two. Later on, Moon dons the name Silk and begins fighting crime, even having several epic clashes with Black Cat.
As to whether this movie will follow her direct origin story or if they’ll start after she’s out of the bunker, dealing with this crazy new world and her anxiety issues remains to be seen. It will be interesting if they work in Black Cat to be her main nemesis, considering their history. It would help connect the universe together, especially if Spider-Man is on his own adventures with the MCU.
It’s also worth noting that Tiffany Espinson did play a character named Cindy in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Whether or not they choose to bring her back for this solo film or if it’s mere coincidence will be revealed at a later time, but it’s still an interesting bit of world-building by Sony/Marvel.
Silk first appeared in 2014 within “The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1“. The character was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos.
The next film in the Spiderverse, Venom, releases October 5, 2018.