The MCU’s Simu Liu Reacts To Spider-Man Spin-Off Cancelation

Simu Liu as Shang-Chi in the MCU with the Spider-Verse on his right

Marvel Cinematic Universe star Simu Liu responds to the announcement that Prime Video’s Spider-Man TV show has been canceled. While Spider-Man’s MCU timeline is looking to continue with new adventures in the near future, Sony Pictures have been busy working crafting another Marvel-themed universe over at MGM+ and Prime Video. Spider-Verse producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord are currently set to shepherd a new live-action Spider-Man TV franchise, which has been in the works since 2019.

Nearly 24 hours after Prime Video’s Silk: Spider Society TV show was canceled, Simu Liu opened up on X (formerly known as Twitter) about the report. Liu, who is best known as Shang-Chi in the MCU, said he’s “really gutted that Silk: Spider Society isn’t moving forward at Amazon,” sharing the following:

Silk had originally been developed as an live-action movie by Sony Pictures before they eventually shifted it over to Sony Pictures Television Studios, with the goal to have the series kick off the new Spider-Man live-action universe on Prime Video and MGM+. According to the latest report, Silk: Spider Society didn’t go forward as the executives favored Nicolas Cage’s Noir TV show instead, which has been formerly picked up to series.

Why A Silk Spinoff Series Would Be Perfect For Marvel’s Future

Silk (Cindy Moon) on the cover of Silk #1.

Even though Silk: Spider Society isn’t happening anymore under Amazon Studios, Sony Pictures Television Studios is still looking to shop the series around to other platforms. One ideal destination would be Disney+, as this could mark the beginning of another collaboration between Sony and Marvel Studios, as they’re already partners on Tom Holland’s Spider-Man franchise within the MCU movie timeline. As Spider-Man 4 remains in development, Silk: Spider Society could mark as the first Spider-Verse-related spinoff within the MCU.

The original logline for Silk: Spider Society teased that it would focus on Cindy Moon, a Korean-American teenager who actually ends up getting bit by the same spider that gave Peter Parker his abilities. That is already a perfect connection to explore in the MCU and an organic way to retread a storyline that the MCU never explored when Spider-Man first showed up in Captain America: Civil War, where he briefly mentioned the spider-bite incident. With Peter also on his own now, following the ending of Spider-Man: No Way Home, having Silk become a new ally that he can rely on within the MCU could set up a refreshing dynamic.

Time will tell if Silk: Spider Society ends up happening on Disney+ or somewhere else, or if it becomes another lost superhero series. Given how long Sony has been trying to bring Cindy to life, it would make sense if they are going to try for quite a while to find a new home for the series. Hopefully, Silk: Spider Society will get revived and finally allow Cindy’s story to be told in live-action.

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