It looks like Sony is gearing up for another Spider-Man spin-off movie. According to a new report from The Wrap, Roberto Orci has been tapped to pen a currently untitled movie for the studio that will center on one of the many Marvel characters related to Spider-Man that they control the film rights to. The question now becomes, what is this going to be?
Orci previously penned The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as well as several entries in the Transformers franchise and 2009’s Star Trek. Orci certainly has experience in the blockbuster arena, that much is certain. The current indication is that this mystery film will take place in a different, unexplored corner of the Marvel universe that Sony has access to.
Sony has controlled the film rights to Spider-Man and his supporting cast of characters for more than two decades. The studio has a deal in place that allows for Spidey to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside The Avengers, but they’ve been making use of other characters for movies not directly connected to the MCU. Venom was the first example and, since it was a major financial success, other projects are in the works.
Morbius, which stars Jared Leto, is set to hit theaters this summer. Other characters also on deck for projects include Kraven the Hunter, Silver Sable, Black Cat, Spider-Woman, Madame Web and Nightwatch.
“The most important thing is that each of these movies can stand on their own,” producer Amy Pascal said previously in an interview with Screen Rant. “So I think the first thing for us to think about is: Venom has to stand on its own, Far From Home has to stand on its own, Spider-Verse has to stand on its own. They all have to be great movies themselves. And then the possibilities are endless.”
“Well, that’s the thing about the Spidey universe,” Pascal continued.” There are so many characters; we haven’t even scratched the surface of it. I’m always getting calls from Dan Slott saying, ‘But you haven’t done this one yet! You haven’t done that one yet!’”
The first trailer for Morbius indicated that Sony’s universe may be, in some way, connecting to the MCU, as Michael Keaton’s Vulture appeared in the trailer. Though, it remains to be seen how exactly that’s going to work out, as Disney is very protective over the franchise. With that in mind, it’s possible this untitled Spider-Man spin-off could be at least tangentially connected to the MCU. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.