Sony has removed the Spider-Man spin-off Silver and Black from their release slate. According to, Gina Prince-Blythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) was originally hired to direct, with Amy Pascal and Matt Tolmach onboard as producers. Marvel scribe Chris Yost and Lisa Joy-Nolan wrote early drafts of the script.

Silver Sable debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #265 in 1985 and functions as an occasional friend and ally to  Spider-Man. A leader of the mercenary group Wild Pack, Sable tracks down war criminals and other high-level nefarious types. She was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz.

Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) has been an ally, romantic interest, and frequent enemy of Spider-Man since her introduction in 1979’s The Amazing Spider-Man #194. She was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist David Cockrum.

Silver Sable and Black Cat have had few interactions within their comic book universe, but the writers and producers of the film seemed to have thought the pairing a good idea. Both are low-profile heroines, a fact that actually makes the idea of their team-up less of an upset. Fans have always been particular about how their heroes are portrayed on the big screen, but because neither of these women has substantial clout within the Marvel universe people will be far more open to the idea. We may never know, though. Plans to reschedule the film’s release have not yet been announced, and it’s unclear if the studio will cancel it or leave us waiting.

The film was scheduled for release on February 8, 2019.