SILK: SPIDER SOCIETY Undergoing Creative Overhaul To Instead Target "Male-Skewing Audience"

SILK: SPIDER SOCIETY Undergoing Creative Overhaul To Instead Target "Male-Skewing Audience"

It appears Sony and Prime Video's Silk: Spider Society is going back to the drawing board in an effort to change the Marvel Comics adaptation's target audience! Find more details on what's happening here.

By JoshWilding - Feb 17, 2024 03:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Silk
Source: The Ankler

Madame Web has crashed and burned this week, but could that have anything to do with Sony's decision to go back to the drawing board with Prime Video's Silk: Spider Society?

According to The Ankler, the upcoming TV series has let its entire writers' room go, leaving only Angela Kang (The Walking Dead) as showrunner and one unnamed co-executive producer. This comes after the WGA threatened Amazon with legal action after the show's writers were left locked into contracts - meaning they were unable to take on any other projects - while not being called back to work. 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse creative team Phil Lord and Christopher Miller presumably remain attached, though it's unclear if the same applies to previously announced producers Kai Wu and Jim Barnes.

The site explains that, "One source close to the series claims that Silk was being refocused with a more male-skewing audience in mind...Sources had previously told me that the Silk writers room had been a number of episodes deep into the season before the strike began."

After both The Marvels and Madame Web massively underperformed in theaters, Sony and Amazon may have concluded that a superhero TV series primarily aimed at a female audience will struggle in terms of viewership. 

We'd imagine this creative shakeup stretches beyond just who the show's target audience is, though, and we can't help but wonder whether Sony has finally taken on board the issues fans and critics have with its live-action offerings (then again, perhaps they've just scrapped planned links to Madame Web). 

Silk, also known as Cindy Moon, was created by writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3, #1 in April 2014.

She was introduced as a classmate of Peter Parker who was bitten by the same radioactive spider that gave Spider-Man his powers. However, unlike Peter, Cindy was immediately taken by Ezekiel Sims (a man who also gained spider-like abilities from the same spider) and locked away in a bunker for years to protect her from the villainous Morlun, who had been hunting down individuals with powers similar to Peter's.

Years later, during the "Original Sin" storyline, Spider-Man discovers Cindy and frees her from her captivity, leading to Cindy become the web-slinging Silk. She and Peter had a brief romance, but the less said about that particular creative decision, the better.

Stay tuned for updates on Silk as we have them.

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Jordanstine - 2/17/2024, 4:01 AM
Still no CBM headline about MYTTSH’s scoop today saying Henry Cavill has accepted a role in the MCU?
Matchesz - 2/17/2024, 4:21 AM
I have a chick friend of mine say she wishes they would just make good movies, she hated the marvels and shes native american and didnt even care for Echo lol
dhlthecobra - 2/17/2024, 4:29 AM
@Matchesz - "I have a chick friend and shes native american"
Nolanite - 2/17/2024, 4:51 AM
@Matchesz - I'm pretty sure she's not the only female who hates The Marvels 😂
Matchesz - 2/17/2024, 5:05 AM
@dhlthecobra - shes 50% native and 50% mexican and works at Denny’s . I ask why she supporting disney by watching marvels on disney+ l
JakeDaSnakkke - 2/17/2024, 8:05 AM
@Matchesz - If she was REALLY female OR Native American, she'd like that stuff. They must be cis and mostly evil white.

Matchesz - 2/17/2024, 12:31 PM
@JakeDaSnakkke - she didnt care for it. she had to think about what echo was when I asked
LeDiableBlanc - 2/17/2024, 12:32 PM
@dhlthecobra - lol
harryba11zack - 2/17/2024, 4:39 AM
male? thats me
Nolanite - 2/17/2024, 4:50 AM
Sony is going to Sony as usual.
Here's my left field guess.
Because they keep budgets low (70-90k) they don't really lose much if a movie flops such as Madame Web.
We should hold back our words until we see what happens overseas. Even if it caps out near 40 million at the box office, overseas numbers might hit it's budget.
Also consider that they can also shop the movie to streaming companies and there's always the release on blu ray and such. I think at this point in time they are just releasing these movies for the sake of keeping rights to the characters.
Nolanite out
dagenspear - 2/17/2024, 5:10 AM
This EXISTED? First I remember really hearing of it. Don't even really know what that means.
Thing94 - 2/17/2024, 5:30 AM
Wow they're finally seeing via losing money at the box office that these properties should be targeted to the audience they've always been targeted to?

[frick]in aholes
ObserverIO - 2/17/2024, 5:32 AM
"A more male-skewing audience in mind", what does that even mean anymore?

If they mean cis male, as in attracted to hot women, then it'll have a lot of female sexiness, right, because the character of Silk is dripping with sex, it's just baked into her character. Or do they mean testosterone based. Maybe Silk's spider-strength will be portrayed by Hulked-out muscles. Maybe she's start carrying guns and ammo like Punisher.
bkmeijer1 - 2/17/2024, 6:05 AM
@ObserverIO - I was about to write the same comment. There's so many ways that could be interpretated.

Think they should just make it everybody-skewing instead. Think Spider-Verse had no specific demographic, nor did Avatar or Endgame. And those happen to be succesful
HashTagSwagg - 2/17/2024, 6:09 AM
Madam Web just days after release has already left such a cultural impact that it sent woman all the way back to the kitchen.
WarMonkey - 2/17/2024, 6:26 AM
I don't know if that's what they are really doing but if so they are already failing. Angela Kang is the feminist that helped destroy the Walking Dead's viewership with her stupid show decisions.
Vigor - 2/17/2024, 6:54 AM
@WarMonkey - Angela Kang helped turned the show around. Scott gimple made all the questionable decisions. You might have your timeline mixed up!
WarMonkey - 2/17/2024, 7:40 AM
@Vigor - Didn't she take over and is responsible for last few seasons?
WarMonkey - 2/17/2024, 7:57 AM
@Vigor - I just looked it up, disregard my other comment. She did do the last few seasons. I came back for those seasons and early on it was actually really great and I was invested in the characters and story again. Then it devolved into nothing more than a silly relationship drama that led nowhere interesting. Plus all the characters became jack asses and everything was about "how to stop the small girl boss leading large men" every season. Became way to predictable and lame cause of that. I never even finished the final season as it got so bad.
Origame - 2/17/2024, 7:11 AM
What a shocker. You mean a genre already designed for a male audience suddenly doesn't work if you keep trying to retool it for a female audience?

This really shouldn't be such a realization. Any women who actually like superhero movies like them as they are.

You don't even need to see it as "being made for men" (why that's a problem for you I don't get but whatever). Instead think what do fans want to see.
OptimusPrime114 - 2/17/2024, 8:01 AM
“Male-skewing audience”? Yeah, ‘cause that worked out for Madame Web SO well. 🙄
Scarilian - 2/17/2024, 11:05 AM
@OptimusPrime114 -
Madame Web is a female-skewing audience that is primarily focused around deconstructing Spider-man by implying he's the sixth person with Spider-like powers in the universe. It's a general deconstruction by having the villain quite bluntly be a placeholder for Spider-man.
DocSpock - 2/17/2024, 8:36 AM

More spider crap with no Spider-Man.

I guess these dumba$$ agenda heads just love throwing money down the toilet.

BobbyDrake - 2/17/2024, 8:45 AM
“One source close to the series claims that Silk was being refocused with a more male-skewing audience in mind.“ Ohhhh, so now they’re just assuming people’s genders!!! Pshhh……..Unreal!!!
Oberlin4Prez - 2/17/2024, 9:04 AM
If it results in better content then I’m all for it. If true, it means Sony, unlike Disney, is tired of sucking and wants to cater to the fans. Now if we can only get Nelson Pelts in to come and clean freaking house at Disney we may start getting some good stuff again from all divisions.
GhostDog - 2/17/2024, 9:38 AM
They’re gonna hire Sydney Sweeney
Cleander - 2/17/2024, 10:49 AM
pheromone emitting Silk is going to be using her sex powers to subdue her opponents lol
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