Opinion: We finally get a movie about a superhero mum and a man is writing it

In their ongoing efforts to mine the Spider-Man universe for more content, Sony Pictures has announced plans to develop a movie around Marvel superheroine Jackpot. The studio has hired Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Trollhunters) to write the script. Jackpot, created by Dan Slott (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis), first appeared in 2007’s Free Comic Book Day giveaway Spider-Man: Swing Shift. Pregnant scientist Sara Ehret, who works for an Oscorp subsidiary, is experimenting with gene therapy when she is accidentally exposed to the “Lot 777” virus. After the virus rewrites her DNA, Sara gives birthto her daughter Madeline and develops super strength. Eventually, Sara retires and passes the Jackpot mantle on to Alana Jobson, who acquires her powers via Mutant Growth Hormone. While details are scarce, the film is expected to focus on Sara Ehret, with an emphasis on superhero motherhood. But the fact that Sony won’t hire a woman to write this film is a slap in the face to women screenwriters everywhere. Just days ago, Sony announced plans to make a Madame Web movie with S.J. But the story of a woman juggling heroism with motherhood deserves authenticity and accuracy that only someone who has experienced parenthood can provide. In a town that is packed to the gills with female talent, it is mind-boggling that Sony didn’t bother to find a woman forthe job.