Spider-Woman Director Implies Marvel Studios Involvement With Movie

By Pierre Chanliau Updated:
Spider-Woman, Jessica Drew, right

Deadline reported in August that Sony Pictures had hired Olivia Wilde , director of Booksmart, to direct and develop an untitled female-centric Marvel movie that would later be confirmed to Spider-Woman, but more specifically, Jessica Drew. Due to this character's conflicting character rights , fans were unsure how this incarnation of Drew would be adapted by Sony.

Some actually investigated further and discovered that Marvel Studios could possibly be involved with its production. Charles Murphy of Murphy's Multiverse discovered that this Spider-Woman movie will include executive producer Rachel O’Connor. Murphy noted that O'Connor is not an executive producer for Venom , Morbius or Venom 2, movies that are not terribly connected to the MCU. In contrast, she was an executive producer for both Spider-Man movies, Homecoming and Far From Home , which are very obviously connected to the MCU with heavy involvement from Marvel Studios.

While not definitive, this gave ample evidence that the Spider-Woman movie would be more connected to the MCU than any other spin-off Sony has made or plans to make thus far. Today, in a recent interview, Olivia Wilde may have in fact confirmed Marvel Studios' involvement.


Appearing in the season 2 premiere of the Shut Up Evan podcast, hosted by Evan Ross Katz, Olivia Wilde discussed her work on Sony's Spider-Woman movie and made mention of Kevin Feige :

"All I can say is that this is by far the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me because not only do I feel like I get to tell a story that... God, like, listen to me trying to avoid like Kevin Feige's pellet gun."


Her comment making reference to Kevin Feige heavily implies, if not outright confirms, Marvel Studios' involvement with her Spider-Woman movie starring Jessica Drew. The biggest connection that Jessica Drew has to an existing character in the MCU is not Peter Parker, but Carol Danvers. In the comics, Jessica Drew actually has barely any relation to the web-head, but is the best friend of Danvers.

Due to Marvel Studios' involvement with Olivia Wilde and her Spider-Woman movie, this means that Brie Larson could potentially make an appearance in this movie, too. This would make sense, since Robert Downey Jr. appeared prominently in Spider-Man: Homecoming .

Marvel Studios' involvement could also mean that whoever is cast as Jessica Drew could appear in Captain Marvel 2 as a supporting character. Considering the connection that Jessica Drew has to the Secret Invasion comic-event that is being adapted , it wouldn't be too much of a surprise either.

- About The Author: Pierre Chanliau
Pierre Chanliau began as a news & feature writer for The Direct at the site's launch in 2020. As a longtime reader of superhero comic books, Pierre's knowledge of Marvel and DC is extensive, informing his reporting and editorial pieces regarding the MCU and DCU.