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Old March 12th, 2019, 02:00 PM #1
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Sony's Universe Of Marvel Characters

Yes, that is the official name for Sony's big initiative for it's licensed Spider-Man projects

Sony is essentially internally auditioning its more than 900 Spider-Man-adjacent characters, to which it has attached the moniker Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters.

According to Hopkins, the team is “pretty far down the road in terms of working through which characters we think could be their own star of a series.”

Disney has long been drawing from the Marvel well. With its absorption of 21st Century Fox, the Burbank-based giant will soon have “Fantastic Four” and “X-Men,” leaving Sony as the only studio rival with licensing rights to Marvel characters.

“We’re developing a lot of Marvel-related content, and I think we’ll be out in the market very soon with something really, really big and transformational for us, because we’ve not done any shows with Marvel before, with Marvel IP,” says Hopkins. “So that’s a big piece of development that we’re onto.”

There’s plenty of precedent for serializing small-screen comic-book dramas, even without any superhero headliners. Think “Gotham” without Batman, “The Gifted” sans Wolverine, or all the Avenger-less Marvel series that Disney has developed, such as “Agents of SHIELD” and “Jessica Jones.” Plus, the box office success of “Venom” and the recent Oscar-winning glow of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” have bolstered confidence that there’s an appetite for Sony’s slice of Marvel-town.
https://variety.com/2019/tv/features...gy-1203160502/
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Old March 12th, 2019, 02:43 PM #2
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"The Gifted" sans Wolverine
Wow, so no mutant counts unless it's Logan.

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Old March 12th, 2019, 02:50 PM #3
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Which characters are they talking about using for their own projects? Like, a show set at the Daily Bugle with a new young photographer that's like Peter, but not quite Peter? A show/movies about Spider-Gwen, Silk and Black Cat? A family sitcom about the Lizard family?
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Old March 12th, 2019, 03:22 PM #4
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Which characters are they talking about using for their own projects?
Silver Sable and Black Cat...
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Old March 12th, 2019, 03:41 PM #5
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They should just give the guys from into the spiderverse the reigns for the franchise. I would gladly watch a Spider-Gwen live action movie or a live action Miles. Develop that Spider-verse honestly. I think that would be fun to explore different heroes in different universes. We have plenty of characters that can fit into it not just Spider powered ones either. Different takes on the universe new ideas or old ones explored.
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Old March 12th, 2019, 03:53 PM #6
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Wolverine is on "the gifted?" On the topic at hand, I'd love a Spider-gwen solo film and tbh, a Green Goblin film. They could do it if they adapted Phil Urich's time in the role imo.
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Spiderman has 900 characters?
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Old March 12th, 2019, 04:29 PM #8
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Until we get the Japanese Spider-man with his giant robot, nothing else counts.
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Old March 12th, 2019, 04:52 PM #9
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Old March 12th, 2019, 05:11 PM #10
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Sony must be desperate. They want to beat Mickey Mouse's MCU. Sad. Sad.
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Spiderman has 900 characters?
Between Spider-Man's supporting cast, his rogues (which goes all the way down to Hypno-Hustler and White Rabbit), his rogue's supporting casts (Like Billy Connors for example), the alternate universe Spideys and THEIR supporting casts...

And let's not forget offshoot characters like Alpha.
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Old March 12th, 2019, 05:41 PM #12
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Sony must be desperate. They want to beat Mickey Mouse's MCU. Sad. Sad.
They don't want to beat they want money and they want to exploit an IP they paid for. It is logical. Personally I'd do it injunction with the MCU and have Marvel involved it would make them more money if they did that. Venom made money due to ignorance of the product once people knwo things are MCU they won't support it so readily.
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Old March 12th, 2019, 08:39 PM #13
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Anything to keep the license and not give Disney wiggle room for any legal loopholes to either buyback or just outright reclaim the rights of the characters.

Wasn't Sony in such bad shape a year ago they were talking about selling off IPs?
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Old March 12th, 2019, 08:41 PM #14
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BobbyDrake2000 wrote: View Post

Which characters are they talking about using for their own projects?
So far? Morbius the Living Vampire, Black Cat, Silver Sable, Venom 2, Spider-Verse 2, and Spider-Women (starring Jessica Drew, Gwen Stacy, and Cindy Moon) are the films on their slate.
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Such a generic name and really, I still think none of those films except the Venom films and Morbius since the latter is in production will get made at all, not to mention that I still haven't forgiven Sony for what happened less then five years ago along with that I still think the Spider-Man live-action film rights should return back to Marvel, though Sony should continue with the Venom and Spider-Verse films plus they'll likely be the only non-MCU Marvel film series, given that the Disney/Fox merger is finalising soon and that the end of the X-Men Cinematic Universe is imminent plus I just want Arad out of Spider-Man films for good.

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So far? Morbius the Living Vampire, Black Cat, Silver Sable, Venom 2, Spider-Verse 2, and Spider-Women (starring Jessica Drew, Gwen Stacy, and Cindy Moon) are the films on their slate.
The Spider-Verse films are not in the same continuity as those films that also includes Venom, actually.

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They don't want to beat they want money and they want to exploit an IP they paid for. It is logical. Personally I'd do it injunction with the MCU and have Marvel involved it would make them more money if they did that. Venom made money due to ignorance of the product once people knwo things are MCU they won't support it so readily.
I agree with Champ. It does feel like they want their own MCU to be better than Marvel Studios'.

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The Spider-Verse films are not in the same continuity as those films that also includes Venom, actually.
Which is fair but the question at large seemed to be about what films they had in the pipeline at the moment.
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Wasn't Sony in such bad shape a year ago they were talking about selling off IPs?
I thought they were planning on closing the movie division if The Emoji Movie flopped, which it did. But, they've got the arrangement with Marvel to have Spidey in the MCU, the Hotel Transylvania franchise and the new Jumanj movies. So that probably helped.
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Will we finally get a live-action Paste-Pot Pete?
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I was hoping for the "Marvel SonyMatic Universe".

....I'll leave.
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Will we finally get a live-action Paste-Pot Pete?
I dunno, is Trapster a Spider-Man or Fantastic Four villain?
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