Sony is gearing ahead with its own universe separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe with multiple projects in production, including Venom 3, Kraven the Hunter, and a Silk television series.
And now, after years of speculation whether or not the film would even be made, it seems that Sony is going full-speed on a Madame Web movie.
First appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #210, Cassandra Webb is a clairvoyant mutant who rose to prominence in the 90s, thanks to her appearance in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, where Joan Lee voiced her.
According to Deadline, multiple A-listers are in the running for the coveted role, but it’s Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson who is at the front of the line, which already gives us an idea of what direction Sony is planning to take the character in.
In the film, we can expect that Madame Web will be pretty different from previous interactions considering that she’s more of a guide to Spider-Man (and other related characters) than a superhero. Sony will also likely drop the Mutant aspect of her character unless they strike another deal with Disney (who now own the rights to the X-Men and the Mutants). And of course, there is the most noticeable change: Johnson is not an elderly woman.
Sources close to Deadline also referenced that Sony is indeed looking to make some huge changes to the character. Many fans will likely be upset with these changes, but Sony does have a valid excuse: it’s part of their Multiverse web.
Madame Web will be directed by former Eastenders and The Defenders director, S.J Clarkson, and written by Dracula Untold and Gods of Egypt auteur’s Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.