Well would ya look at that – a major studio just hired a female director to helm a female superhero movie. Is this really 2017 or are we dreaming?

After Sony drops Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, the studio will release a Venom spinoff in 2018. Then the Spideyverse will feature not one, but two female superheroes in the form of Silver Sable and Black Cat. Most exciting of all, Deadline dropped the news that Beyond the Lights director Gina Prince-Bythewood will helm the upcoming movie. Currently titled Silver & Black, Prince-Bythewood will rewrite the script from Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Chris Yost. A previous draft of the script was written by Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy.

Created in 1985 by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, Silver Sable is a mercenary sans superpowers who hunts war criminals. A solo movie for the Marvel Comics character was rumored to be in the works last year following the Sony email leaks, but the studio has since turned the project into a team-up with Black Cat. The notorious burglar has some powers and has a romantic history with Spidey. Don’t expect any onscreen romance, though. Variety reports that Prince-Bythewood’s film won’t crossover with the Tom Holland-fronted Spidey movies. And though we’ve already met Black Cat's real identity Felicia Hardy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, played by Felicity Jones, we can likely expect a new face behind the character.

While Prince-Bythewood is best known for Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees, she’s not a total newcomer to the MCU. The director helmed the pilot for Freeform’s upcoming Cloak & Dagger series set to debut next year. Good news does still exist. And if anything, it’s a good win for Sony this week after they dropped that Spider-Man: Homecoming fanart collage poster.

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