Silk: Spider Society: Sony’s Spider-Man Spin-Off series ordered by MGM+ and Amazon

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Sony’s intricate web of Spider-Man-related projects is spinning up plans for a spin-off series focusing on Cindy Moon, otherwise known as Silk. According to reports, a cluster of Marvel characters are scuttling toward the small screen after MGM+, and Amazon Prime ordered several live-action series from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The first project swinging out of the deal is Silk: Spider Society, with The Walking Dead’s Angela Kang acting as showrunner.

The deal to bring Sony’s Spider-Verse to streaming services has been in the works for a while. Arrangements to acquire the rights were a nightmare to organize, but now that a linear network for debuts is secured, the show can get on the road. Projects like Silk: Spider Society will debut on MGM+ (which is changing its name in January), then go to Amazon Prime Video in the States. Amazon will also be the show’s international home across 240 countries and territories.

Created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, Silk made her comic book debut on the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014). Though her appearance was just a cameo at the time, Silk returned in full force when The Amazing Spider-Man #4 hit stands. As the story continues, Cindy quickly becomes a fan-favorite character, particularly with readers looking for a bit of diversity from Marvel’s extensive line of hard-hitting heroes. A solo series featuring Silk was launched in 2015 by writer Robbie Thompson with art by Stacey Lee. Since then, Cindy has become a significant player in the Marvel Universe and can be found swinging her way through multiple events and side stories alongside superheroes from Marvel’s Spider-Verse.

In the pages of Marvel comics, Cindy is a student in Peter Parker’s class who also is bitten by a radioactive spider around the same time as Peter. She gains abilities similar to his, though she can spin webs out of her fingertips, possesses an eidetic memory, and has advanced Spider-Sense (known as Silk Sense) far more potent than Peter’s. Although she has less superhuman strength than Peter, Cindy is much faster and carries a dark past atop her super-powered shoulders.

The deal includes 900 characters available to Sony, who landed access before Disney purchased Marvel. Sony is looking for ways to make money hand over fist after the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Spider-Man: No Way Home. For a while, fans believed Sony would sell the rights to Spider-Man back to Disney/Marvel, but now that the webhead and his friends are cash cows, Sony is ready to go big or go home.

Silk: Spider Society is one project spinning out of a multi-year deal with Amazon Studios. With Kang at the helm, whose Walking Dead series is a pop culture touchstone, it feels like Cindy Moon is in more than capable hands.

“Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Sony’s recent live-action and animated reimagining of the Spider-Man franchise has represented some of the most dynamic superhero storytelling in film,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Together with Angela Kang’s creative vision, we couldn’t be more pleased to bring Silk: Spider Society to our MGM+ and Prime Video customers.”

“We can’t wait to bring the adventures of Cindy Moon to life, thanks to the creative dream team of Chris and Phil, Angela and Amy, along with our partners at Marvel and Amazon,” said Katherine Pope, president of Sony Pictures Television Studios. “We know this exciting series with new and never-before-seen characters and storylines will wow audiences watching first on linear MGM+ and then around the world on Prime Video.”

“Angela is a pro’s pro whose perspective and creativity we greatly respect and admire. She’s also a hell of a lot of fun. She loves these characters and we feel really lucky for the chance to work with her to bring Cindy Moon’s story to the world,” added Lord and Miller.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Amazon Studios family for this next chapter of my career. I look forward to working with the executive team on diverse, character-forward, watercooler shows for a global audience and am so excited to dive in to my first challenge – bringing Korean-American superhero Silk to life on screen,” said Kang.

It’s about damn time! I’ve only been writing about a Silk spin-off since 2018. I’m a big fan of Cindy Moon and can’t wait for others to meet her. Who should play Cindy Moon in Silk: Spider Society? Please list your suggestions in the comments.

Source: Deadline

About the Author

Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.