Sony is well on its way to constructing a brand new universe surrounding tertiary Spider-Man characters. With Morbius and Venom: Let There Be Carnage coming out next year, the future looks bright for the SUMC’s future. What makes things even better is that Disney and Sony have reportedly worked out a deal that seems to allow the latter to tie its movies more in with the films released by Marvel Studios.
But there is a possibility that the connection between Disney and Sony might be more tightly knit than ever realized. In a recent interview with Silver & Black director Gina Prince-Bythewood, the filmmaker brought up the fact that the scraped film might find new life as a limited series on Disney+. However, this might be a hard sell based on the public’s current understanding of the Disney/Sony deal and the current state of both Disney+ and the MCU.
Prince-Bythewood explained during the interview that the executives at Sony are considering turning Silver & Black into a Disney+ series. “I really love that project, and I do hope it can still happen in some way. It keeps going through different thoughts. First, it was going to be the two of them, and then the decision was made to separate the two. Now, there’s a thought of ‘Hey, maybe we put it on Disney+ as a limited series,’ but I loved it more as a film with the two of them. So, my hope is that one day it can still happen.”
These comments seem to indicate that there’s a distinct possibility that Sony, seeing the success of The Mandalorian and the potential success of the MCU on Disney+, might think it can turn Silver & Black into a Disney+ series. On the one hand, this sounds like a solid plan as more original content on Disney+ would be a positive thing, but there are still several issues.
Firstly, at the present moment, there are no films or series on Disney+ not entirely owned by Disney. Disney has many Fox properties it now owns thanks to the merger, of course, but these are not the same as a presumably Sony-owned and Sony-created series on the platform. While it is true that Sony and Disney have agreements to allow Marvel Studios to use Spider-Man in its films, it would be another first if Sony could then pitch its own property on a Disney-owned platform. It would be difficult to measure how Disney and Sony would split the profits to the series and how the latter might profit financially from such a deal, considering Disney+ was set up to be a purely for-profit enterprise.
On top of that, none of Sony’s Spider-Man films are on the platform. Ricky Strauss, head of marketing and content for Disney+, previously stated, “We love our friends at Sony. But right now we don’t have plans … to have Spider-Man live action movies on Disney+, but who knows what can happen in the future.” While Silver & Black can theoretically coincide with a potential new deal that allows Sony’s Spider-Man films on the platform, that deal does not exist currently.
While there is a precedence for non-Disney produced films to appear on the platform, including the X-Men franchise, those films are significantly older than the MCU, and, therefore, aren’t going to confuse audiences about its potential connection or lack thereof to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, a new Marvel mini-series might confuse audiences as to what counts as part of the MCU and what doesn’t. Yes, Sony’s Spider-Verse is MCU adjacent, and, while the films haven’t caused mass confusion about their ties to the MCU, they are theatrical films whose releases have no direct ties to Disney.
A real experiment for whether or not something like Silver & Black could succeed on Disney+ would be if The New Mutants is released on the platform. The New Mutants was supposed to be released as a part of Fox’s X-Men continuity before the Disney purchase but was delayed. If a film like that can launch on the streaming service and not cause confusion, there will at least be some precedence confirming that Silver & Black won’t leave viewers scratching their heads. Still, it’s a hard sell for a relatively unknown property and one that might work better as a theatrical film.
Recent rumors claim that Silver & Black may end up a Disney+ series, but that might be a hard thing to sell to audiences.