spider-manThe landscape of Sony's "Spider-Man" franchise seems to be shifting continually, with the recent news that the third installment in this "Amazing Spider-Man" series would be bumped from 2016 to 2018 and many of the proposed spin-offs, including one devoted to extraterrestrial shape-shifter Venom, left up in the air. (Before "Amazing Spider-Man 2" was released, to critical savagery and tepid box office, Sony was much more gung-ho about the franchise.) Well, Deadline is reporting that a new spin-off is in the works, and it's way more exciting than anything plotted or planned up until this point.

According to a report on Deadline, part of the top-to-bottom restructuring of the "Spider-Man" franchise includes the development of a female-led "Spider-Man" spinoff, tentatively slated for a 2017 release. While the identity of the heroes or villains that this story will center around, Deadline has learned that Lisa Joy Nolan (who is scripting the new "Westworld" miniseries) is penning the screenplay. Wait – a woman writing a female superhero movie? Yay to that!

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the hilariously mismatched production duo behind "Amazing Spider-Man," will also produce this spin-off, which Sony theorizes could involve Silver Sable, Black Cat, Stunner, Firestarter or Spider-Woman. It could also just be about the women that populate the "Spider-Man" universe – Aunt May, Mary Jane, etc. There have been tons of great comics that have just played up the teen angst aspect of the character, and we'd welcome such a film to the superhero landscape.

In the grand "Amazing Spider-Man" universe, the untitled female superhero movie will follow Drew Goddard's villains-only "Sinister Six" film, which actually has a release date of November, 2016.

Hopefully this announcement will light the fire under the asses of the big boys – Marvel and DC, the two biggest companies in the superhero-to-film game and two studios that have yet to unleash a female-led superhero movie on the mainstream. Come on boys, time to get cracking!

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