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Actress and director Oliva Wilde has signed a deal with Sony Pictures to develop and direct an untitled female-centric Marvel film, a source with knowledge of the situation told Forbes.
There is speculation that the story will be about Spider-Woman.
Wilde seemed to confirm her participation in the project, tweeting an article by Deadline, which was first to report the news, and a spider emoji.
The movie will reportedly be written by Katie Silberman with Rachel O’Connor and Amy Pascal producing, making it a female-led project.
Sony is working on multiple Marvel movies and director S.J. Clarkson signed on in May to develop the first female-centric movie from Sony’s catalog of characters.
The Spider-Woman costume has been worn by several Marvel Comics characters, starting with Jessica Drew in the 1970s and later including Mary-Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy.
Four superhero/action movies set to be released in 2020 have a female director: Birds of Prey, Mulan, Black Widow, Wonder Woman 1984 and Eternals.
Marvel movies are big at the box office, with Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, and The Avengers leading the pack of 24 movies to date at $2.79 billion, $2.05 billion and $1.52 billion, respectively, in ticket sales.
Olivia Wilde Tapped To Direct Untitled Female-Centered Marvel Movie At Sony (Deadline)
Women Will Direct Four Major Superhero Movies in 2020, and Hollywood May Never Be the Same (Variety)
All 24 Marvel Cinematic Universe Films Ranked At The Box Office—Including ‘Black Widow’ (Forbes)
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