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Couple this with the fact that Sony Pictures now owns film rights to "roughly 900 Marvel characters" big and small, and it's pretty clear that the SUMC is bursting at the seams with cinematic potential.

We're talking about the Superior Spider-Man ... or as he's now conveniently called, the Superior Octopus.

Panitch emphasized this new Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters will embrace diversity, "We feel there's no reason the Marvel characters shouldn't be able to embrace diversity". The previously mentioned Morbius the Living Vampire already has Daniel "Safe House" Espinosa directing Jared Leto as the main character, while Richard Wenk (The Equalizer 1 & 2, The Magnificent Seven) has been tapped to pen the screenplay for a solo Kraven the Hunter movie.

Silk, aka Cindy Moon, is a Korean American character who was first introduced to Marvel Comics in 2014, having also been bitten by the same radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his peculiar powers.

They are also scrapping their planned Silver & Black film which would have starred Black Cat a.k.a Felicia Hardy and Silver Sable a.k.a Silver Sablinova. This also includes the many heroes and villains who have appeared in Spider-Man comics over the years, and there are various spin-off movies on the way, including the upcoming Venom. Instead, Sony has plans to split the pair up and give each of them their own films and that the Black Cat will most likely be the first of the two.

Whatever their reasoning for making Venom more family friendly, Sony is still going ahead on the rest of the SUMC with Sanford Panitch, president of Sony subsidiary Columbia Pictures, corralling it all.

They've given the popular character that's had success on the page and on the screen a new superhero identity that doesn't trade on the name Spider-Man, they're set him up as an anti-hero which seems to fit in seamlessly with Venom and the rest of the Sony properties in development and placed him in San Francisco, which just so happens to be where ... wait for it ...

You've heard of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Universal's dormant Dark Universe, but what about the SUMC? And as we saw when Sony just abandoned the Amazing Spider-Man trilogy after two films without any resolution, the studio does not handle failure well.

Now we're not suggesting a Marvel Comic book is feeding directly into the plans of a rival film studio (well... maybe we are a little), but the publisher couldn't have served this one up on a platter for Sony any better if they tried.

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