Spider-Man’s universe network is expanding, but not in the way none of us expected. Sony Pictures’ share in the Marvel universe ended 2021 on a high note with the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home a closer trilogy that has grossed over $ 1.7 billion at the worldwide box office so far.
In addition to the MCU-allied Spidey films, the studio has an ambitious plan to expand the comic book franchise with indie films for a series of anti-heroes that debuted on the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man . However, their latest announcement breaks the mold. Joining Venom, Morbius and Kraven the Hunter on the big screen is there Madame Web with Dakota Johnson in the lead role, which she confirmed in a recent Instagram post.
Madame Web is a lesser-known Spider-Man character, perhaps most recognizable for her appearances in the animated series Spider-Man from the 90s. However, it will be the first ally of the webslinger to arrive on the big screen. She is also the first woman to star in a film in the Sony universe, beating against all odds high-profile characters like Black Cat. Who is Madame Web and how did she become one of the best catches for Sony?
Enter the web
Madame Web was introduced in the comics by Spider-Man over 40 years ago. Created by comic book legends Denny O’Neill and John Romita Jr, it debuted in The Amazing Spider # 210. Cassandra Webb, an elderly woman when Peter Parker first met her, has proven to be a great asset to the webslinger for over four decades. However, she was also the focus of dramas and tragedies. Her name might be one of those multi-layered puns that comics adore, but it hints at the darker twists in her life.
In addition to being a play on his last name, “Web” reflected his appearance. Plagued by the debilitating condition myasthenia gravis, Cassandra Webb was paralyzed but supported by a vast life support machine designed by her husband in the shape of a spider web. Her name gave the best indication of her powers. As the legendary prophet of Greek mythology, Cassandra can see the future. It’s more of an improved version of the wall-crawler’s spider sense. In the Marvel Comics, she is a powerful mutant endowed with psychic sensory powers, including telepathy, clairvoyance and foresight. She can also sense the psionic potential in others and project an astral form of herself.
Madame may suggest a fair clairvoyant, but her powers have proved indispensable. She deduced Spider-Man’s secret identity early on and has often helped the wall crawler ever since. She first met her when she was looking for a publisher of Daily Bugle disappeared. Later, in Amazing Spider-Man # 600 prophesied the long story arc that would lead to the era Superior Spider-Man.
The spider trap
Unlike her mythological namesake, Madame Web isn’t cursed for never being believed, but her comic story isn’t a happy one. Although she was one of the few mutants to retain her powers during the storyline of Decimation those abilities have made her a constant target for bad guys.
Over the years, his vulnerability has led to disturbing moments, including a gruesome death and subsequent resurrection. Immediately after her first appearance, Madame Web was tracked down by Juggernaut, who nearly killed her when he separated her from her life support network. Over the years, she has been drawn into many X-Men-related issues, but we can expect the Spider-Man Universe to act around her mutant background of hers.
While the rights to the X-Men and the mutant side of the Marvel universe came to Disney with the acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the superior homo sapien has yet to appear in the MCU. Just as Marvel Studios previously conjured non-mutant origins for the superpowered twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Sony will likely avoid that part of the Madame Web bio. After all, the studio successfully brought Venom to the screen without the symbiote binding. never to Spider-Man.
Madame Web is a fascinating character that Sony must develop for its growing universe. The Spider-Man franchise has just reached new heights by successfully combining the old and the new, so this may be the perfect time to take a risk. There is a multiverse of possibilities when it comes to bringing Madame Web to the screen.
Who will play Dakota Johnson?
Dakota Johnson confirmed her latest role with just one emoji comment on Instagram: an enigmatic but unmistakable spider web. Not much is known about the upcoming film aside from the fact that she was joined by director SJ Clarkson and screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.
Johnson’s casting was met with surprise, leading some to question Sony’s commitment to portrayal and accuse them of “disability cancellation.” The actress isn’t who she expected to play the character as she appeared in the comics, but it’s also likely the big screen Madame Web won’t be the one Spider-Man first encountered on the page in 1980.
While the comics featured Madame Web as an elderly woman, the film may pick up earlier in the superhero’s life. Could we explore her origin and how her husband constructed her famous web? Comics have even found ways to age Madame Web in the past. Though she bears the same name, the role of Dakota Johnson may have more in common with other Spider-Man allies.
One of Madame Webb’s mutant powers allowed her to transfer her precognition to another, although this also meant loss of sight in the recipient. At one point, the death of the original Madame Web passed her powers over to young Julia Carpenter, once the second Spider-Woman, and sometimes known as Arachne.
In the comics, Julia Carpenter has been the subject of secret government experiments that have left her the ability to manifest webs with her mind. We know Spider-Woman has a place in Sony’s plans, albeit in a different guise. The hero’s most famous keeper, Jessica Drew, will appear in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse , voiced by Issa Rae. He could Madame Web to present another Spider-Woman coming to terms with the powers that were transferred to her from the original clairvoyant? We all know what comes with great power.
Julia Carpenter isn’t the only Spider-Woman with ties to Madame Web. She also mentored the third Spider-Woman, Mattie Franklin, and was the grandmother of the fourth title holder, Charlotte Witter. Could she be a relative of the familiar Madame Web we see on screen?
The film of Madame Web shaping up to be one of the coolest Spider-Man Universe movies to date and perhaps a sign of even more ambitious plans, as Dakota Johnson’s recent Instagram post tagged Marvel Studios alongside Sony Pictures.