Following the news that a live-action Marvel series based on the female superhero Silk is in the works at Sony Pictures Television, a recent report from a foreign media outlet gained attention for having included Bae Suzy and Park So-dam in the shortlist of famous actresses who could be considered by the production company to play the titular role.
Better known in the comics as Spider-Man’s ally, Silk is a Korean-American superhero whose real name is Cindy Moon. After Peter Parker got bitten by a radioactive spider, the same creature bit Cindy, which gave her superpowers similar to those of Peter’s. However, her spidey-sense, called “Silk Sense,” is described to be far stronger. During their first meeting, Peter observed that Silk was even faster than him, though not quite as strong. On top of that, she possesses a photographic memory and has the ability to shoot webs out of her fingertips, unlike Spider-Man who uses mechanical web-shooters.
Bae Suzy is a multitalented personality who joined the entertainment industry in 2010 as a member of the girl group Miss A. In 2011, She ventured into acting and gained domestic popularity for her debut role in the musical teen drama Dream High. She then furthered her repertoire by showcasing impeccable performances in the series Uncontrollably Fond (2016), While You Were Sleeping (2017), and Vagabond (2019). Now recognized as an internationally renowned singer, actress, host, and celebrity endorser, Bae Suzy is anticipated to conquer South Korea’s prime-time TV slot this October as a brave, young entrepreneur in the business-themed drama Start-Up.
Another great fit for the role is Park So-dam, who made her small-screen debut in the drama My First Time (2015). She played lead roles in the series Beautiful Mind (2016) and Cinderella and the Four Knights (2016), but it was her portrayal of an overly ambitious young woman in the Oscar-winning black comedy film Parasite (2019) that solidified Park’s reputation as an actress. Currently, she is headlining the romantic series Record of Youth, which started off with substantially high viewership ratings.
If Bae Suzy or Park So-dam does receive an offer to play Silk, either one is on to mark another milestone in their career with their first-ever American TV show. However, it was noted that the biggest challenge they would have to brave through is the language barrier.
According to Screenrant, among the actresses who could be considered to portray Silk are: Chinese-born American star Tiffany Espensen, who played Cindy Moon in the films Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018); Arden Cho, an American actress who played roles in the TV shows Teen Wolf (2014–2016) and Chicago Med (2018–2019); and Lana Condor, a Vietnamese-born American actress slash influencer known for her portrayal in the Netflix film series To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018–present).
Silk is only one of Marvel’s superheroes who are described to be of Korean descent or are Korean-born. Featured in the comics so far are: Amadeus Cho as Mastermind Excello, a Korean-American genius who succeeded Bruce Banner as the Hulk in “The Totally Awesome Hulk #1” (2015); Ami Han as White Fox, a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and last of the Gumihos, a Korean race of shapeshifting nine-tailed foxes; and Seol-hee as Luna Snow, a K-pop-star-turned-superhero who, while performing, accidentally gained cryokinetic powers.
According to reports, the upcoming live-action series centered on Silk will be penned by Lauren Moon, a Korean-American screenwriter behind the Netflix coming-of-age show Atypical (2017–present). Sony Pictures Television will be producing with Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Amy Pascal as executive producers. Though no network or streaming service has been tied to the project, sources say Amazon is in talks to acquire it, along with other potential Marvel series that will be based on the superhero characters who Sony controls.
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