Let me start by saying that I am a feminist. I believe that men and women are socially, politically, and economically equal. I believe in women's rights for the overall betterment of society. Moreover, I believe that more movies, especially the superhero genre, should feature women (and other minorities) in major leading roles. So on it's surface, I think it's a good idea that Sony is exploring more female-centric superhero movies, such as Black Cat, Spider-Woman, and Silver Sable.
I think it's a good idea that Sony (or any movie studio) make more movies with women as main characters. It not only broadens storytelling and cinema, but it's also a growing trend in Hollywood. With the success of movies like Disney's Frozen, The Hunger Games, Lucy, and The Heat, it's clear that audiences want to see diversity in their movie-going experiences and that should spill over to the superhero genre. There are a lot of strong female superheroes out there and it should be worth exploring considering the current climate of the box office and thirst for more superhero movies. Movies like Guardians of the Galaxy proves that obscure comic book title adaptations are no longer as risky as they used to be, just as long as the movie is well made with a good sense of humor and loads of personality.
Characters like Black Cat and Spider-Woman show off different aspects of the superhero comic book genre and just how deep it can actually go. While Black Cat is a villain and anti-hero, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) is a true hero after getting super powers from being injected with a special serum. Any of these options would make for a good movie, but it's likely that Black Cat would be the character Sony's interested in, considering Felicity Jones already appeared as Black Cat's alter ego Felicia Hardy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The new movie is also likely to be released during the summer of 2017, a year after Sony would release the Sinister Six movie. Depending on the success of that film, it's almost likely that Sony would want to follow that up with another villain movie.
My only reservation why a female-led superhero movie in the Spider-Man universe might be a bad idea is because it's from the same producers and movie studio as The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony hasn't had a good track record with making superhero movies, so in my mind, right now, an untitled female-led superhero movie that takes place in the Spider-Man Cinematic Universe (if that's what we're calling it now) sounds like a bad idea.
This is the same movie studio and producers who can't even get Spider-Man right in a post-Avengers or post-Dark Knight superhero movie landscape. This is the same movie studio that recently pushed the release date of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 for 2018 because The Amazing Spider-Man 2 received such a lukewarm reception. "Here are some Spider-Man spin-off movies to tide you over while we re-work The Amazing Spider-Man. Sorry that we messed it up! See you in 2018!"
What makes me think that any superhero movie that takes place in the Spider-verse might be a good movie? The Amazing Spider-Man reboot movies show that Sony is trying to balance a dark sensibility with a family friendly aesthetic and the end result is less than exceptional. These movies are humdrum and middle of the road, so it seems that every Spider-Man movie and spin-off would fit the same bill.
Marvel has Kevin Feige, DC and Warner Bros. has Zack Snyder, and Fox and the X-Men franchise has Lauren Shuler Donner and Bryan Singer. Sony and Spider-Man has Avi Arad, the same producer responsible for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. I'm sorry if I don't have the same vote of confidence in Avi Arad as I do in Feige, Shuler Donner, or even freakin' Zack Snyder.
It's a shame, because if Sony's female-led superhero movie that takes place in the Spider-Man universe is a failure than that would certainly be more cannon fodder for the idea that female-led movies don't make money. Another reason why movies don't make money is that they're bad and executives in Hollywood continue to churn out bad movies time and time again.
In closing, while I want to see more women leading superhero movies (I just wrote a whole article on how I desperately want to watch a Ms. Marvel movie now) , I'm not convinced that Sony's Spider-Man "think tank" should be responsible for the first one. I'm also of the thinking that Sony should let the film rights to Spider-Man revert back to Marvel Studios, but that's not going to happen anytime soon with all the money Sony is making from one of their most popular film franchises. That said, I remain open-minded about any movie I watch, regardless if it sounds (or looks) like a bad idea.