Spider-Man is to be replaced with movies featuring his female counterpart.

Sony Pictures are determined to produce more films that appeal to girls and have, therefore, decided to make a Spider-Woman movie in 2017.

A source at the film company told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: ''For years it has been all about male superheroes but it's about time that changed.

''There should be more movies made with girls in mind, this was something that [former Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal] was very adamant about.''

This comes shortly after Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, revealed that the studio's 'Spider-Man' movie will not be an origin story.

In February, the two studios announced that Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film, before the comic book hero appears in the next installment of Sony's own franchise.

Kevin explained the Marvel film will work on the assumption that its audience already knows the ''specifics'' of Peter Parker's life.

He said: ''In Spider-Man's very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that origin in the last whatever it's been - [13] years - for us, we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics.

''It will not be an origin story, but with great power comes great responsibility. It is inherent to who his character is. But we want to reveal it in different ways and spend much more time focusing on this young high school kid in the Marvel Comic universe dealing with his powers.''