So Sony recently revealed that they might be thinking of making a Silver Sable movie again. And I kind of get it: she’s a mercenary, sort of like Deadpool, and a spy, like Black Widow. But they are missing out on one character who would be great and who you could use in so many different ways: Jessica Drew, the Spider-Woman.
1. She’s been a science experiment like Captain America.
Her origin is similar to Captain America, in that she was injected with an experimental serum that gave her superpowers. Okay, sure, that’s pretty much the only similarity, but still: Jessica Drew was the daughter of a geneticist and when she got sick due to radiation, he injected her with a serum he developed with spider DNA.
(Or her mother was hit by a spider laser while pregnant with Jessica, but that sounds more stupid, so let’s not mention it.)
2. She’s been a super spy like Black Widow.
After developing her powers, including super strength, bioelectric shocks, and a sort of flight (she can “glide” through the air), she was recruited by Hydra to be an assassin and spy for them. Even though she rebelled against them in her first mission (to assassinate Nick Fury), she would later join Hydra again as a double-agent for SHIELD. (And then be replaced by the Skrull queen Veranke.) And after that, she would pull double duty as an Avenger and a member of SHIELD, often joining the Secret Avengers (SHIELD’s black ops Avengers team) on missions. At one point, Black Widow even took Spider-Woman under her wing.
3. She’s been an alien hunter like the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Hey, remember when I said that she was replaced by Veranke the Skrull Queen? Yeah, turns out that wasn’t a good idea on the Skrulls part. Afterwards, Jessica Drew was pissed, so she ended up joining SWORD (the Sentient World Observation and Response Division, SHIELD’s interplanetary counterpart) and hunting down any remaining Skrulls on Earth. Man, I know I would love to see a movie about that.
4. She’s been a private detective like Jessica Jones.
After she left Hydra, but before she joined SHIELD, Jessica went out superheroing around New York like you do before she met Lindsay McCabe and decided to open up a private detective business. She ended up being pretty good at it and has returned to being a private investigator throughout the years, at one point meeting Jessica Jones:
Her current book actually started with her returning to being a street-level superhero and private investigator, this time with the help of Daily Planet reporter Ben Urich and former supervillain Porcupine.
5. She’s been a superhero like the Avengers.
Hell, she’s been on the Avengers. Multiple teams, actually. So even though Sony could build their own Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, they could still incorporate her into the Avengers easily enough — something I don’t really see happening that easily with Silver Sable.
Oh, right and one more thing...
6. She can lead to more Spider-Women.
Jessica Drew isn’t the only Spider-Woman out there. Aside from Julia Carpenter (who became Spider-Woman during the first Secret Wars) and Mattie Franklin, there’s also currently Cindy Moon, who goes by Silk, who was bitten by the same spider as Peter Parker, and Gwen Stacy from Earth-65, who goes by Spider-Woman by whom fans know better as Spider-Gwen. She comes from a world where she was bitten instead of Peter. Her world is populated with familiar characters who are a bit different, like mob boss Matt Murdock or police detective Frank Castle.
Sony could easily tell stories about both of those characters and then, just like the comics, bring all three Spider-Women together for a crossover. They could even go for a Spider-Verse crossover where they try to incorporate all versions of Spider-Man from every reality — but if that seems too daunting (and might dilute the Spider-Man brand), a Spider-Women movie might make more sense. And it would be awesome.
Let’s see Silver Sable do that.