The upcoming Spider-Man spin off, Silver and Black, now has a release date, and it’s dropping during a busy time of a busy year for superhero movies – not that there are any slow years in superhero movies anymore. Silver and Black, directed and written by Gina- Prince-Bythewood, is set to his theaters on February 8, 2019.
Let’s take a moment to look at what else is coming out around then.
It’s not a storm, it’s a flood
Just a week after that, on Valentine’s Day, Fox has something X-Men related planned. Then, on March 8, the MCU movie Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, hits theaters, kicking off a new character and likely introducing a new villain. And then April has the DCEU film Shazam! striking like a bolt of lightning.
As a side note, I think it’s great that the original Captain Marvel, Shazam, hits theaters just a month after the Captain Marvel that won the legal right to use the name. I hope they can keep that tight scheduling.
Then, May 3rd is the premiere of the fourth Avengers film, which ends the MCU’s so-called Phase 3. Fox allegedly has another X-Men/mutant film scheduled for June 7, and then the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel hits on July 5th. It’s not until then that we get a break in scheduled superhero movies.
Are you tired yet?
In theory, Silver and Black is getting in before all the next six superhero flicks, but really it’s following hot on the heals of Aquaman on December 21, X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 24, and the previous Spider-Man spin-off, Venom, in October. So it’s really just smack-dab in the middle of the rush.
Despite all this, I’m still interested in Silver and Black. It’s an action/buddy movie about two female action heroes, directed by a woman. That alone gives it a shot at being different from many of these other movies. And while that does sound interesting, it’s easy for a movie like that to get lost among the other, flashier movies, and I can’t see a case where it has an easy time grabbing viewer interest. I almost wonder if Sony should downplay its comic-book origins and just bill it as something along the lines of an action movie like Atomic Blonde and the upcoming John Wick spin-off, Ballerina.
It’ll be interesting to see how Sony decides to handle Silver and Black – the characters, the movie, and the Herculean task of getting us interested in it – by the time it comes out on February 8, 2019.