Booksmart Director Olivia Wilde will direct a new movie set in the Marvel Universe, Deadline reported on Wednesday. Developed for Sony Pictures, the new film will focus on one of Marvel’s female superheroes. Sony has not confirmed the subject of the film, but Deadline believes it will introduce Spider-Woman. Wilde retweeted the Deadline article using a spider emoji, apparently confirming the report.
While many female characters in the Marvel Universe have played a version of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man – like Spider-Gwen in an alternate universe where the radioactive spider bites Gwen Stacy instead of Parker – Spider-Woman usually refers to to Jessica Drew, a whole different hero.
Spider-Woman was originally created for a copyright issue – Stan Lee was concerned that another comic book publisher would try to cash in on Spider-Man’s popularity with a hero of the same name – but his series was an unexpected success. Her origin story has undergone many revisions and rewrites, including experimenting with Hydra and alien DNA, but there’s one thing she never included: a radioactive spider.
Jessica Drew is more of a secret agent and private investigator than stupid Peter Parker, but she possesses similar spider-like powers, like heightened reflexes, super strength, and wall crawl – the usual set. She also has blasts of electricity like Miles Morales, and the added benefit of “pheromone powers” (basically she can make people suggestible by smelling really good).
And, while it’s not exactly a superpower, in recent comics, it has balanced being a kick-butt superhero with the single parenthood of a little boy crawling up the walls. She is also a longtime close friend of Carol Danvers.
Deadline reports that Katie Silberman will be writing Wilde’s new film, with Amy Pascal producing. Spider-Woman would be another Marvel movie developed by Sony in the Spider-Verse, with Morbius, Venom 2, the Into the Spider-Verse suite, Silk, Black cat, and more are expected to arrive in the next few years.
2019 Booksmart was Wilde’s first film in the director’s chair. She has a lot of projects going on right now, all probably ahead of Spider-Woman.
Based on Sony / Marvel’s current situation, it’s not clear if Spider-Woman would ever appear in the MCU.