MADAME WEB: Sydney Sweeney Breaks Silence On Her Mystery Role In Upcoming Marvel Movie

Dakota Johnson will take on the title role in Madame Web, but who is Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria) playing? We still don't know, but the actress has now broken her silence on joining this Marvel Universe...

Sydney Sweeney is among Euphoria's breakout stars, but her biggest role to date is likely to come in Sony Pictures' Madame Web movie. Fans have begun to temper their expectations after Morbius (both projects have the same writing team), but with Dakota Johnson playing Cassandra Webb, it's hard not to be at least somewhat intrigued by the studio's plans for this character. 

Sweeney didn't reveal who she'll play in Madame Web during a recent interview with Variety, but did express excitement to take on a role in the Marvel Comics adaptation. 

"I’ve been ordering a bunch of comic books," the actress said of her preparation to join the comic book franchise. "There’s a lot to learn. I’ve always been a really big fan of all of the Marvel and Sony Universe movies. I’ve grown up watching them all and I’ve been engulfed in the entire world my entire life, so being able to be a part of that is such an incredible, incredible thing."

As for what drew her to Madame Web, Sweeney added, "I like to try and find characters that are challenging for me in multiple different ways, and are completely different from one another. I want to continue to shock people with the characters that I play when they don’t expect that I would choose that next."

She's certainly a talent worth keeping an eye on over the next few years, and providing it doesn't receive the same sort of critical drubbing as Morbius, Madame Web could put Sweeney on the map in a big way. That's no doubt what she's hoping for, anyway, especially after seeing her co-star Zendaya's success in the Spider-Man franchise as MJ.

Madame Web doesn't have a release date, but is likely to arrive in theaters next year.


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5. Mattie Franklin

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During a mysterious ceremony known as the "Gathering of Five," Madame Webb gained immortality, while young Mattie Franklin - who had taken her father's place - received superpowers. 

The whole thing was arranged by Norman Osborn and while it backfired on him (his "gift" was insanity), it was good news for Mattie. Initially posing as Spider-Man, she'd later receive Jessica Drew's blessing to become the new Spider-Woman. Not much was done with the character beyond that until she died, giving Sony Pictures the perfect opportunity to do something new here. 

If Johnson's Madame Web receives her powers in this ceremony (perhaps at the cost of her sight), then Mattie's Spider-Woman is someone the clairvoyant could take under her wing and use as a proxy. With that, the universe Venom and Morbius call home would have its first spider-themed hero, and the 24-year-old Sweeney would no doubt be a great pick to play this plucky young hero. 
 

4. Lady Octopus

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If Spider-Man: No Way Home proved anything, it's that Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus isn't someone Sony or Marvel Studios is looking to replace anytime soon. His Spider-Man 2 performance was iconic in fairness, and while Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse put a female spin on the villain, Lady Octopus taking aim at Cassandra Webb could make for one heck of a movie.

Madame Web could (and should) drop the idea that Carolyn Trainer was Doc Ock's protege and love interest, instead using her as an original villain that reminds fans of the wonders of the Multiverse. 

This feels like the sort of role Sweeney could really sink her teeth into, and seeing as Johnson is only 32-years-old (rather than the elderly woman we know from the comic books), then a younger foe like this - who might have a history with Cassandra Webb - isn't a stretch. Assuming Madame Web's powers are based in magic, a scientific foe could provide a fun juxtaposition.
 

3. "Spider-Woman"

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Chances are most of you won't be familiar with this iteration of Spider-Woman, but Charlotte Witter would actually make for the perfect villain in Madame Web. She's the title character's granddaughter and grew up with severe mental issues; unfortunately, Cassandra's attempts to help by using her psychic powers only caused resentment, and eventually set the stage for an epic battle.

Sinister experiments on Charlotte by Doctor Octopus led to her becoming a villainous Spider-Woman, and she wasted no time in targeting Madame Web. Ultimately, she was stopped and the de-aged Cassandra (courtesy of the aforementioned "Gathering of Five" ceremony) claimed to be the villain's sister when she was institutionalised. We're sure you see how that could work on screen.

If the image above proves anything, it's that Sweeney certainly has the right look for Spider-Woman and the actress playing Madame Web's sister does make sense. Perhaps they both grew up being experimented on, only to head down two vastly different paths as adults? 
 

2. Black Cat

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Talking of characters Sweeney would be the perfect fit for, look no further than Felicia Hardy. It's hard to say what role the cat burglar could play in Madame Web, but if Sony is looking to expand this universe, then introducing Black Cat here would be a good way to set the stage for a solo outing.

Euphoria has driven home the fact that the actress has the right level of swagger and sex appeal to play this character, and Felicia's big screen debut is long overdue at this stage. 

Assuming Cassandra Webb is as physically limited as her comic book counterpart, then the psychic turning to someone like Felicia has all the makings of a fun story. Black Cat, who may already be a successful thief in this Universe, might have the skills to pull off a heist that would help the mysterious Madame Web gain an artefact that could, for example, open the door to the Spider-Verse.
 

1. The Queen

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Adriana Soria dubbed herself "The Queen" and gained powers during World War II (as part of the same program that created Captain America) that, unfortunately, drove her insane. 

Years later, she appeared in New York City and took control of the "insect" gene within Spider-Man to make him her servant. An unexpected side-effect of that saw the web-slinger transformed into a Man-Spider, and after being defeated, she later returned and tried to turn everyone into spiders.

A loose adaptation of the "Spider-Island" storyline here has a lot of potential, and pitting Madame Web against such an insanely powerful foe would set the stage for some big future stories (and could even explain how this world's spider-themed heroes gain their powers). Once again, Sweeney definitely looks the part, and a role as big as this would give her the chance to prove herself in a big way.
 

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