Sony Pictures is gearing up to launch its first female-led ‘Spider-Man’ spinoff, ‘Madame Web,’ featuring the talented Dakota Johnson in the lead role. Scheduled to hit theatres on Valentine’s Day in 2024, this action-packed superhero film promises to be a wild ride into the Marvel multiverse.
‘Madame Web’ introduces us to Cassandra Webb, portrayed by Johnson, a New York City paramedic with psychic sensory powers that allow her to peer into the future of other superheroes. It’s a role that marks Johnson’s return to the world of major franchises since her ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ days, and she’s ready to take audiences on a completely different cinematic journey.
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In the comic book, Madame Web is a blind, elderly woman battling an autoimmune disorder, guiding others with her psychic abilities. However, the movie takes a new approach, placing Cassandra Webb in a universe distinct from the ‘Venom’ movies, ‘Morbius,’ and the Tom Holland-led ‘Spider-Man’ series.
Brace yourselves for a standalone origin story that promises revelations about Cassandra’s past and the forging of unexpected connections with three young women destined for powerful futures.
Joining Johnson on this superhero adventure is Sydney Sweeney, taking on the role of Julia Carpenter, who later becomes Spider-Woman in the comics. Sweeney is known for her roles in ‘Euphoria’ and ‘The White Lotus.’ The star-studded cast also includes Emma Roberts, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim and Mike Epps.
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The driving force behind ‘Madame Web’ is the talented S.J. Clarkson, a seasoned television writer and director known for her work on ‘The Defenders’ and ‘Jessica Jones.’ Clarkson delves into the psychological aspects of the characters, bringing together the worlds of four superheroes in a genesis that sets the stage for future Marvel adventures.
Principal photography for ‘Madame Web’ kicked off in July 2022, and the film wrapped up in January 2023. The first official trailer, released on 15th November, gave fans a sneak peek into the high-octane action and Billie Eilish’s haunting track, ‘Bury a Friend,’ sets the tone for the thrilling narrative.
The trailer unveils Cassandra’s struggle to protect a trio of teenagers, including Sweeney’s character, from a masked villain who bears a striking resemblance to ‘Spider-Man.’ The twist? Time seems to loop, and Cassandra must unravel the mysteries of her visions, linking her, the teenagers, and the ominous Ezekiel Sims.