Sony’s plans for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise aren’t clear as of right now, especially as the third movie has been pushed back to an unspecified date in 2018. Sinister Six (a spin-off focusing on a team of Spidey’s greatest villains) is now set for November 11th, 2016 though, with Drew Goddard writing and directing.

Fans are extremely sceptical about a movie focusing on the team of bad guys, but one insider states: “Having Goddard on board places the movie in the hands of someone who has lived in this world. If you look at Cabin In The Woods, he did such a phenomenal job on that in redefining and commenting on the genre while also completely embracing it. He’s a fanboy which compliments his talents as a filmmaker.”

However, in a bid to completely revamp the franchise, Sony are now looking to develop a female-led spin-off for a 2017 release date. There’s no word on which character this will focus on, but there are a number of possibilities.

Black Cat (played by Felicity Jones in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is an obvious one, as are the likes of Spider-Woman and Silver Sable. We do know that Lisa Joy Nolan has been hired write the script, but other than that, details are sketchy as of right now. Initial reactions from fans on social media have been mixed!

Sony apparently believe that fans rejected The Amazing Spider-Man 2 because it came out too soon, but the truth is that the majority simply thought it was a bad movie. Either way, the studios now believe that this is the right way to go, and there is admittedly a lot of potential for a Spider-Woman movie.

It’s also believed that Alex Kurtzman’s Venom – which he will direct and is currently writing with Ed Solomon – is now being lined up for a 2017 release as well, and the title could be Venom/Carnage.