As luck would have it, there was another student, in the famed graduation class of Peter Parker and Gary Osborne, who earned some slick superhero powers from a radioactive spider bite. Cindy Moon, the main heroine of Silk, created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, is getting her own feature from the producer of The Post and Spider-Man: Homecoming, Amy Pascal at Sony. Cindy was even featured in Pascal-produced Homecoming as one of Tom Holland’s classmates, played by Tiffany Espensen, but as the project is kept under wrap, casting decisions are yet to be announced.
This is Pascal’s second effort in bringing a female narrative to an otherwise familiar concept. The remake of Ghostbusters proved to be an unnecessary effort and a true failure, but perhaps after regrouping and rethinking some strategies, Pascal continues to determinately lead diversity in feature films with Silk and the Claire Foy starring adaptation of Stig Larsson’s novel from his hit series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web (lots of arachnids in Pascal’s resume.) As a superheroine, Cindy is not much unlike Spider Man, only adding variety by her heightened spider senses, perfect memory and the ability to shoot webs out of her fingertips. However, the project will hopefully allow for exploration of a coming of age story of a young female superhero in the lead, something barely seen on the big screens and on TV, only exemplified by Supergirl.
The news arrives during the time when the casting for a director for the upcoming Black Widow spin-off is in progress, as the President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, and star, Scarlett Johansson, sit down with various female directors, both up-and-coming and established, to find someone perfect for the reigns of the long-awaited Natasha Romanoff feature.