A New Spider-Man Spin-Off is in the Works
Well, this is big news. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 scribe Roberto Orci will be penning a script for a brand new Spider-Man spin-off. What’s more, this film will exist in the Spider-Verse world, enlarging Sony‘s web-slinger world, and highlighting a character from their still rather large archive of superheroes and villains.
The Wrap broke the story, which explains how Orci’s film will not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but rather will exist wholly within the Sony-owned Spider-Man world. This means the spin-off could potentially overlap with upcoming films like Venom 2 and Morbius, possibly giving us a chance to see another character in the vein of Eddie Brock/Venom.
The Wrap‘s Umberto Gonzalez adds this intriguing point: “While initial indications were that the character would be related to other Sony Marvel films like Venom that are connected to Spider-Man, an individual with knowledge tells The Wrap the property comes from a different corner of the Marvel universe that Sony has access to.”
Thus far, the speculation online since the news broke is that Orci could be looking to write about Nightwatch, an antihero with a penchant for occasionally doing the right thing the wrong way—which sounds like Venom. Orci has a very long track record, including working on the enjoyably bizarre TV series Fringe. One hopes he dips into those strange writing waters, giving the Spider-Man world the kind of unabashed weirdness it so richly deserves, and received in the sensational Into the Spider-Verse.
Orci knows a thing or two about reboots as well; he penned two of the new Star Trek trilogy films alongside writing partner Alex Kurtzman. His work with Kurtzman also including the scripts for the first two Transformer films.
It’ll be a while before we know exactly which character Orci is giving the spin-off treatment to. Internet, start your speculation engines!
Featured image: Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME. Courtesy Sony Pictures.