Amazon and Sony are swinging into the Spider-Verse along with several television projects inspired by the world of Marvel’s friendly neighborhood wall crawler. Sony owns the screen rights to this special corner of the Marvel Universe, which features over 900 characters ranging from the iconic to the obscure.
Cindy Moon is first on the agenda Silk: Spider Societywhich comes from the Walking Dead Showrunner, Angela Kang, and Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse Graduates, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Kang – who has officially signed a multi-year production deal with Amazon Studios – will go on showrun and also executive produce with Lord, Miller and Longtime Spidey Producer, Amy Pascal. spider society scheduled to premiere domestically on the MGM+ (formerly Epix) linear channel and globally on Prime Video.
“Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Sony’s latest live-action and animated reimagining of the Spiderman franchise has represented some of the most dynamic superhero narratives in film,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, in a statement Thursday afternoon. “Together with Angela Kang’s creative vision, we couldn’t be happier Silk: Spider Society to our MGM+ and Prime Video customers.”
“We can’t wait to bring the adventures of Cindy Moon to life thanks to the creative dream team of Chris and Phil, Angela and Amy, and our partners at Marvel and Amazon,” added Katherine Pope, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios. “We know this exciting series with new and never-before-seen characters and storylines will delight audiences watching first on linear MGM+ and then on Prime Video around the world.”
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Silk: Spider Society will revolve around Cindy Moon, a Korean-American woman gifted with arachnoid abilities after suffering a bite from the same radioactive spider that sank its fangs into Peter Parker. Cindy, who was imprisoned for years, finally escapes captivity and sets out in search of her family – while also cultivating her alter ego, Silk. Given that the general synopsis of the show sounds identical to the hero’s comic book origin story, chances are we’ll finally see the Inheritors (a group of vampiric beings who hunt down and drain the life force of spider-men throughout the multiverse) brought to the world of live action.
“I am beyond excited to be joining the Amazon Studios family in this next chapter of my career. I look forward to working with the executive team on diverse, characterful, watercooler shows for global audiences, and very much looking forward to diving into my first challenge – bringing Korean-American superhero Silk to life on screen,” said Kan.
“Angela is a professional whose perspective and creativity we greatly respect and admire. She’s a hell of a lot of fun too. She loves these characters and we feel really fortunate to be able to work with her to bring Cindy Moon’s story to the world,” concluded Lord and Miller.
It’s unclear how this new deal will affect Kang’s small-screen partnership with AMC, which is set to expand the Walking Dead Mythos with a series of final spinoffs after the series. One of them, a currently untitled European performance centered on fan favorite Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), was co-created by Kang, who has also been announced as the showrunner. It’s worth noting that the Amazon announcement only credits her as an executive producer on the Daryl spinoff.
A live-action version of Cindy Moon (co-created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos in 2014) has been in development for a little over two years, while Sony continues to create a web of comic book films and television shows outside of Sony’s purview weaves Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The studio has a wealth of feature-length adventures in the pipeline, including Across the Spider-Verse, Beyond the Spider-Verse, Kraven the Hunter, Mrs. Netzand a third poison.
On the other hand, television remains a source of untapped potential for the lucrative, web-slinging property that has yet to find its own identity outside of the MCU and animation (Into the Spider-Verse, for example, has grossed over $375 million worldwide and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature). Disney’s collaboration with Sony spawned three massive blockbusters starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker.
The two most recent chapters – Far away from home and No way home – each grossed over $1 billion at the global box office. Amazon and Sony are no strangers to each other, having co-produced another comic smash hit. The young.
Looking for more of your favorite Spider-Man stars? No Way Home graduate Jacob Batalon stars in the SYFY original series Reginald the Vampire, the season finale of which premieres Wednesday, October 23 at 10 p.m. ET.
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