Dakota Johnson confirmed her role as Madame Web in Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man spinoff film in a recent Instagram post.
Amidst the rumors circulating regarding Johnson being in talks for the lead role in Madame Web, the actress confirmed it herself by posting the screenshot of a Deadline report and captioned it with a spider web.
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For the past few years, Sony has been developing its own Marvel shared universe. When Venom became a surprise box office blockbuster in 2018, it sparked the production of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Jared Leto’s Morbius, and Aaron Taylor-Kraven Johnson’s The Hunter. Sony has also begun searching through its Marvel character collection for potential heroes and villains to adapt. Madame Web was later identified as another hero worthy of her own film by the company.
Works on Madame Web started in 2019 when Sony signed Morbius writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to write the script. S.J. Clarkson, the director of Jessica Jones, was then revealed as the director of Sony’s first female-led Marvel film in 2020. With COVID-19 drastically affecting the studio’s plans for Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, it’s no surprise that work on Madame Web has slowed significantly. That all changed later when news broke that Dakota Johnson was in talks to feature in the film.
Dakota Jhonson is an American model, actress, and producer who made her film debut at the age of 10 with a minor role in the dark comedy film, Crazy in Alabama (1999). She is best known for her role as Anatasia Steele in the Fifty Shades series. It is one of the most popular franchises, with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in the lead roles.
Johnson has previously appeared in the romantic comedy, How to Be Single (2016), crime drama Black Mass (2015), thriller Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), and psychological horror Wounds (2019).
With the leading role in a superhero movie, Johnson just goes on to prove her versatility and the range she holds when it comes to acting.
Given the extensive number of strong female characters who have appeared in these comics over the years, getting a female-driven property in Sony’s Marvel world has always been a major priority for the studio. Following the release of Madame Web, it will become the first female-led superhero movie in the Spider-Man universe.
Madame Web, who first appeared in the 1980s The Amazing Spider-Man No. 210, is a clairvoyant mutant who specializes in foretelling the future of Spider-themed superheroes, having mentored not only Peter Parker’s alter ego, but also numerous generations of Spider-Woman. She is traditionally represented as a blind, paralyzed elderly woman who is surrounded by web-like machinery that keeps her alive, implying that she avoids direct battle and instead dispatches others on missions.
Johnson’s selection for the role of Madame Web followed her after receiving critical acclaim for her work in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter. Since completing the Fifty Shades trilogy in 2018, Madame Web is her first franchise film. Now that Dakota Johnson has confirmed her role in Madame Web, perhaps more updates about the film will be released soon.