Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind "The Lego Movie" and "21 Jump Street", bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that's the first of its kind.
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". Or as grisly as you can be without straying into R-rated territory. It's too soon to call, but Sony has determined that Silk, Jackpot, and Nightwatch have the potential to join Jared Leto's Morbius the Living Vampire as the next heroes to follow Venom. Thanks to the two studios' mutual appreciation of just how valuable a main character Spider-Man is, Sony's reportedly amenable to the idea of finding more walk-on roles for MCU characters in future Spider-Man films - much like Spidey himself stowed away with Tony Stark in Avengers: Infinity War.
President of Columbia Pictures Sanford Panitch, who is overseeing Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters explains, "We believe Black Cat is enough of her own character with a great backstory and a canon of material to draw from to justify her own film". Unfortunately for die hard Venom fans, Sony is aiming to keep the anti-hero at the PG-13 range, but is said to be pushing the envelope with the rating.
With the Silver & Black film getting scrapped it also means that writer and director Gina Prince-Blythewood could be leaving as well. Prince-Blythewood will still be attached as producer to both films, but it doesn't appear like she'll be helming either. Adding a larger Marvel Universe spin to it raises the profile of the franchise significantly - as well as the inevitable confusion amongst casual moviegoers, who won't get all the particulars of why certain characters can't crossover, etc. All Sony is really doing at the moment is temporarily withholding toys for Marvel to play with.
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 ... 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.
Like a "turd in the wind", Venom is slowly but surely rolling towards us for it's October release.