So this is why it's so surprising to hear that Sony is apparently developing a Nightwatch movie, as part of their plan to utilize whatever Marvel characters they have in their stable with the Spider-Man rights.
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The Hashtag Show is reporting that Spike Lee has joined the project in order to direct. If Lee does decide to direct Nightwatch, he'll be working with a script by Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker.
Spike Lee may be getting into the superhero game. He has teamed up with many heroes in the comics including Spider-Man, Captain America, and Deathlok.
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Over ten years ago, Dr. Kevin Trench was attacked by the invisible Camouflage Cadre and rescued by a man called Nightwatch, who drove the Cadre back through a time portal before dying.
Nightwatch was first introduced in Marvel comics in 1993. "Venom", starring Tom Hardy, hits theaters this fall, while Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Silver & Black" is set for next February. Likewise, the man Trench saw die isn't some random John Doe: it's an older version of himself, dressed in the Nightwatch costume.
Lee has been one of Hollywood's most prominent black filmmakers since his debut with 1986's "She's Gotta Have It", which he recently adapted that movie into a Netflix series.
It's important to know that these Sony films aren't technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so we'll have to wait for the release of Venom to see how they will go about handling the studio disconnect.