Deadline has reported a Jackpot movie is in the works at Sony Pictures with Marc Guggenheim writing the script. Comic book fans will know Guggenheim wrote the Jackpot Marvel Comics series with art by Adriana Melo back in 2011. The news comes just a day after Variety reported the rumor that a Madame Web movie was in the works. Without a doubt Sony is doubling down on Spider-Man properties with this news and Morbius on the way at some point next year.
Jackpot is a relatively underused character in the Marvel Universe first introduced in the 2007 comic Spider-Man: Swing Shift. Created by Dan Slott and Phil Jimenez, Sara Ehret had superhuman strength and came out of the Brand New Day era of Spidey comics.
In the second iteration of the character named Alana Jobson–also created by Slott and Jimenez–Jackpot’s powers were derived from drugs that she took for physical enhancement. This second version appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #546 for the first time and only lasted from February 2008 to December 2008 when she–spoilers–died in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #35. But wait, there’s more as the character returned in Guggenheim’s Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Jackpot series in 2011. In this three-part series, Guggenheim used Boomerang as a villain with characters like White Rabbit getting their butts kicked by Jackpot.
Seeing as Guggenheim is scripting this film one might surmise the character will be similar to his version:
The official synopsis of the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Jackpot #1 reads:
The last Jackpot died in combat alongside Spider-Man — so who is this new Jackpot putting fear into the hearts of street criminals? Why has Boomerang targeted her for death? And how is The Rose involved?
It’s an interesting choice by Sony to go with a character relatively unknown with likely a small fandom, but maybe this allows them to explore the character and do what they like? You can’t upset fans if the origin and fanbase is small, right?