Amazon in talks with Sony for Marvel TV series
James R | On 07, Sep 2020
Silk and a suite of new Marvel TV shows could be heading to Amazon Prime Video in the near future, with the online giant reportedly in talks with Sony for a string of comic book series.
Sony has long held the rights to a swathe of Marvel characters, thanks to a deal that predates Disney’s acquisition of the comics giant. Those characters include, of course, Spider-Man, who has since – thanks to some major corporate bargaining – found his own place within Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now, Sony is looking to build a mini universe of its own, with a suite of series featuring the characters it controls. The first will be Silk, a character whose TV outing has been in development for some time, with Lauren Moon (Atypical) penning an adaptation based on the Korean-American comic book hero, created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. With other characters joining her, the result would be similar to Netflix’s groundbreaking deal to produce Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and The Punisher.
Much like that Hell’s Kitchen collection of comic book adaptations, though, Sony’s plans will involve navigating a web of complex rights and agreements. A big step appears to have been made, though, with Deadline reporting that Amazon is in talks with Sony to board the project as its subscription streaming backer, although a linear broadcast is expected before it heads to Amazon Prime Video.