While the upcoming Venom movie had been rumored for awhile, there’s also some Spider-Man spin-off news you likely never saw coming: According to the
Writer Chris Yost, who has long worked for Marvel and created a very popular version of
Hopefully, Sony will work something out so these characters can remain, at the very least, tangentially related to the Spider-verse. Someone should point out that time Warner Brothers decided to make a
Although initially created as a Catwoman-like, sexy cat burglar villain for Spider-Man to fight back in 1979, much like her DC counterpart, Felicia Hardy had a soft spot for the hero she battled the most. Eventually, Felicia got romantically involved with Spidey, and she learned his true identity long before his main squeeze Mary Jane ever did. Over the years, she has had several stories which focused on her and developed her backstory, making her way more than just “Marvel’s Catwoman.”
It should be noted, not all of these characterizations over the years have been exactly feminist. For example, after she and Peter Parker dated, they broke up for some time, and she gave up her costumed identity. Eventually she returned to her Black Cat persona, went to seek out Peter, and when she learned that Peter had married Mary Jane Watson, was very angry and jealous. Felicia then began harassing the couple, taunting Peter as she dated his friend Flash Thompson. She even began physically threatening Mary Jane, confronting her and swearing to ruin their marriage. This is the kind of depiction of her I hope we
A series that painted Felicia in a better light was 2007’s
In the series, Misty Knight never really believes that Felicia is in this for any other reason than the money, which creates a bit of tension between the two. But it’s one of the few Black Cat stories that doesn’t revolve around whether or not she loves/hates Spider-Man, and shows how badass Miss Hardy can be in a fight. Considering this potential movies deals with Black Cat working with, and maybe taking orders from, another hero, maybe this book should serve as inspiration to the film’s producers.
This mini-series from Kevin Smith and artists Terry and Rachel Dodson is notorious for how long it took to come out. Only six issues long, it began in 2002 and didn’t end until 2006. Although the series is kind of just OK overall, it did give Felicia Hardy a serious new motivation for why she is the Black Cat in the first place. Towards the end of the series, flashbacks reveal that Felicia was sexually assaulted by her boyfriend as a freshman in college. She never reported the rape – as many real life women sadly don’t – and instead trained in different fighting techniques, hoping to get revenge on her attacker.
Robbing Felicia of her revenge, her attacker dies in a car accident before she fulfills her mission to see him brought to justice. Of course, something like this backstory would have to be handled
Silver Sable, real name Silver Sablinova, made her debut in the pages of
Marvel Comics gave their notorious and deadly bounty hunter her own series called
In the series, she originally focused on bringing Nazi war criminals and other terrorists to justice, as payment for the crimes they had inflicted on her family. And who doesn’t like seeing a mercenary going after Nazis? (especially these days). This alone should be a good foundation for any movie depiction of Silver Sable. It’s not collected in any trade paperbacks, but back issues shouldn’t be hard to find online or at your local comic shop.
This is a mini from 2006, which sadly is also not in print, but is worth hunting down the back issues. In this four-part limited series, Sable finds out about a traitor within her Wild Pack, and hires a cocky private detective named Dominic Fortune to find out who it is. Fortune is out to prove himself, and make a name in the world of international espionage.
And at this point in her history, Sable has been branded a bit of a has-been, and Fortune is a rising star, so the tension is palpable between the two. But of course, Sable comes out on top and shows him that she’s
Which Marvel books do you think would be good source material for a Black Cat/Silver Sable movie? Let us know down below in the comments.