Sony Pictures is continuing to expand the Spider-Man universe in its own way with the upcoming Madame Web, starring Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney. The trailer below shows some glimpses of some deep-dive comic book characters, such as Spider-Woman, aka Mattie Franklin, played by Celeste O’Connor.
Billed as a standalone story and teased as taking place in an alternate universe New York, Madame Web follows Cassandra Webb, who has precognitive abilities to tell the future. This allows her to help save others from harmful fates. According to the official description:
“Meanwhile, in another universe…” In a switch from the typical genre, Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures…if they can all survive a deadly present.
The film differs a bit from the comic book lore. A quick search shows that Webb was originally created to be a person who was paralyzed and blind as well as a mutant with telepathic, precognitive and clairvoyant abilities. Within the comics, she’s diagnosed as having a neuromuscular junction disease called myasthenia gravis, meaning she has to be on a life support system, which just so happens to resemble a spider’s web.
The film also stars Mike Epps, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, Emma Roberts and Adam Scott. O’Connor plays Mattie Franklin, aka Spider-Woman. In the comics, Franklin is white and is the niece of Daily Bugle owner J. Jonah Jameson. She takes part in a ritual called the Gathering of Five, which grants her superhuman abilities, such as flight.
Rahim’s character Ezekiel Sims, is written in the comics as gaining spiderlike abilities from the Spider-Totem, bringing him in contact with other powerful beings. Merced’s character, Anya Corazon, is Spider-Girl in the comics, gaining her powers from Miguel Legar, the sorcerer of the hidden, but powerful Spider Society. Sweeney’s Spider-Woman is Julia Carpenter.
Epps‘ character has not been announced yet. The film is directed by SJ Clarkson with a screenplay by Clarkson and Claire Parker and story by Kerem Sanga. The film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura with Parker and Adam Merims as executive producers.
No release date has been announced as of yet, but Madame Web is expected to come to theaters in 2024.