Emma Roberts Believes "Internet Culture" Was To Blame For MADAME WEB's Negative Reception

Emma Roberts Believes "Internet Culture" Was To Blame For MADAME WEB's Negative Reception

Madame Web actress Emma Roberts believes that the movie would have been more positively-received if it wasn't for people making fun of it online...

By MarkCassidy - Jul 05, 2024 06:07 PM EST
Filed Under: Madame Web

It's probably fair to say that Madame Web always had a pretty steep hill to climb after becoming meme-fodder immediately after the release of its first (and only) trailer, but right from the opening scene with Cassie Webb's (Dakota Johnson) mother in the Amazon researching spiders just before she died, it seemed clear that Sony Pictures' latest SSU movie was most likely not going to be a massive hit!

To be fair, the movie did end up surpassing (just about) the $100 million mark worldwide, but with a reported budget of around $80 - $100 million (not factoring in additional advertising costs, etc), and an abysmal 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, we can't imagine seeing much more from Miss Web and her teenage Spider-Women pals anytime soon.

Some felt the movie wasn't quite as bad as it was made out to be, while others were of the opinion that it crossed into so bad it's good territory, and a few even loved it... apparently.

During an interview with Variety, Emma Roberts - who played Peter Parker's mother in what amounted to little more than a cameo - was asked about Madame Web's negative reception, and she believes the movie would have been better-received if not for "internet culture."

"Things work; things don’t work. Everyone likes to act like they can predict if they’re going to work or they’re not. And the truth is, you can’t. Things do badly, and then they blow up later on TikTok. Things do well, but then you watch them, and you’re like, 'This did well?' There is no secret. It’s about doing something goodish and it hitting at the right time. Everything else is like a wish and a prayer. I’m not intimidated by failure, and I’m not intimidated by people having negative thoughts about something."

"I personally really loved Madame Web," she continued. "I really enjoyed the movie. I thought everyone in it was great. The director, S.J. Clarkson, I think did an amazing job. She’s the reason I wanted to do that movie. If it wasn’t for internet culture and everything being made into a joke, I think that the reception would’ve been different. And that’s what bums me out about a lot of stuff, even stuff that I’ve done, is people just make such a joke out of everything now."

Would more people have gone to see Madame Web if people didn't take the piss out of it so much? It's certainly... a theory! What do you make of Roberts' comments?

"Meanwhile, in another universe...' reads the official synopsis, "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."

Johnson stars as the clairvoyant Cassandra Webb, who uses her abilities to save a group of young woman, played by Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, and Celeste O’Connor, from a villainous Spider-Man lookalike known as Ezekiel Simms.

The girls Webb is doing her best to keep safe, Julia Carpenter, Mattie Franklin and Anya Corazón, are all destined to become heroes with Spider-like powers of their own, and Simms is targetting them because of what they do to him in the future.

S.J. Clarkson, who also helmed Marvel’s Jessica Jones and The Defenders, directs from a script by Matt Sazama, Kerem Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Adam Merims executive produced.

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Mrtoke - 7/5/2024, 6:37 PM
It was a bad movie off the rip. The internet helped us in voicing our opinions. If the internet didn't exist, then word of mouth would have told us it was a bad movie. Wtf she on
JackBurton1 - 7/5/2024, 7:12 PM
@Mrtoke - The coping is in full effect with Hollywood these days.The talent is bad all around these days...people are tired of the Hollywood bs and paying lots of money to seat in a theater to watch a turd.So the coping for Hollywood and the media hacks is to blame the everyday folk for not paying and liking the turds put out.

Hollywood is on life support at this point.
marvel72 - 7/6/2024, 1:18 PM
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Great movie
JackBurton1 - 7/6/2024, 4:49 PM
@JackBurton1 - "paying lots of money for a seat in a theater"
dragon316 - 7/6/2024, 10:14 PM
@Mrtoke - I don’t believe word of mouth unless I see it myself to see for myself judge
Mrtoke - 7/6/2024, 11:09 PM
@dragon316 - if I care about the property, yes I'll still check it out. The Last Airbender movie looked trash just from the trailers but I still checked it out. If the trailers for Madame Web weren't as dull as they were, then I would've seen the movie. Trailers are supposed to hook you in and it didn't catch me I guess
TrentCrimm - 7/5/2024, 6:39 PM
Oh no you sweet sweet blind idiot.

The movie was hot garbage.
Like sometimes a movie has good directing, but the writing sucks, or the writing sucks but the directing is good, or maybe the cinematography is crap, costume design is whack, but there's always some SOMETHING good to find in some department in even the worst movies. None, of those redemptions can be found with Madame Web.

Embrace the loss, mock your own failures, have a laugh, move on.
MarvelZombie616 - 7/6/2024, 3:40 PM
@TrentCrimm - Sidney Sweeney as Spider Woman was the only good thing in this.
But then they changed her characters Name from Julia Carpenter and minimized her boots.
BlackStar25 - 7/5/2024, 6:39 PM
Emma Roberts!....YOU ARE BETTER THAN THIS!...Movie was just legitimate trash...
LadiesmanBumble - 7/6/2024, 12:26 AM
@BlackStar25 - She’s truly not tho.
Fogs - 7/5/2024, 6:40 PM
Because the movie was great, huh?

That's the cheapest cop-out they can use, and it's becoming more and more commonplace.
TheLight - 7/5/2024, 6:44 PM
It was a bad movie. Pretty simple.
thewanderer - 7/6/2024, 8:45 AM
@TheLight - watched it last night.

I actually think the story had a lot of potential, but it was let down by the writing and acting.
ptick - 7/6/2024, 9:36 AM
@thewanderer - Yes, this. The idea/concept was good. The execution was terrible. Almost made it more painful because of that.
bobevanz - 7/6/2024, 10:20 AM
@thewanderer - potential will only get you so far lol
LysergicMeinbal - 7/5/2024, 6:46 PM
No one will admit..maybe it's just a bad movie. Why can't these people just say"hey,maybe we made a bad movie","maybe we missed the mark. We'll try better next time". If you shift the reason something is wrong to someone/something else,it gives you no reason to be better. These people are ruining themselves by acting like they did nothing but be perfect and it's the boogeymas fault.
Origame - 7/5/2024, 6:56 PM
@LysergicMeinbal - id even accept something like "we misjudged what people wanted".

Like, what's with Hollywood that it's always the fault of the audience not accepting your sh!tty films?

When coca cola made new coke, they didn't blame their fans for not supporting it. They just took the l, released coke classic, and all was forgiven.
Gmoney84 - 7/5/2024, 6:48 PM
She’s not wrong about internet culture. But MW was a terrible film plain and simple.
ptick - 7/6/2024, 9:37 AM
@Gmoney84 - Yeah I mean the only legitimacy to her point is that it might have opened stronger in the pre-Internet era. But then word of mouth would have given it a huge drop off.
Slotherin - 7/6/2024, 12:00 PM
@ptick - I can't imagine it would have had a stronger opening... What was its hook?
ModHaterSLADE - 7/5/2024, 6:49 PM
Bwahahaha! Girl stop, the movie was ass just like the latest season of American Horror.
Bobbo - 7/5/2024, 7:26 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - Ugh! That last season of American Horror was real tough to get through. I made it the whole season, but my wife didn’t.
MarkCassidy - 7/5/2024, 6:51 PM
It was so bad that I honestly suspect it may have been on purpose.
JustAWaffle - 7/6/2024, 9:31 AM
@MarkCassidy - I don’t believe too many conspiracy theories, but money laundering in Hollywood is definitely one of them.
SuperiorHeckler - 7/5/2024, 6:53 PM
If only someone could gently and slowly explain to Emma that the sky is blue, grass is green, 2+2=4 and a bad movie was rejected because it was a bad movie. 🫤
BobbyDrake - 7/5/2024, 7:00 PM
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Origame - 7/5/2024, 7:30 PM
@SuperiorHeckler - well she thinks it's a Disney movie, and thusly it can't be bad and the only people who don't like it are bigots.
RolandD - 7/5/2024, 6:55 PM
I can’t say about the movie because I didn’t see it, but the Internet didn’t help it, that’s for sure. I probably wasn’t going to see this even if it got good reviews unless they were off the chart good and no one expected that, myself included.
Mrtoke - 7/6/2024, 5:11 AM
@RolandD - I've never seen the movie but if the trailers showed me charisma and enthusiasm oozing from the actors, then I would've gone to see. They were duller than a rotten pine wood bench. That alone solidify the reason for me to not go watch it and proved to be right. :)
TheLobster - 7/5/2024, 6:56 PM
Emma Roberts is a pretty toxic individual (given her treatment of Evan Peters) so her being a nepo idiot too isn’t a surprise lol
BobbyDrake - 7/5/2024, 6:58 PM
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theFUZZ008 - 7/5/2024, 7:03 PM
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TheShape9859 - 7/5/2024, 7:05 PM
Oooooorrrrrrrr here's an idea....maybe the movie sucked ass
GaruVonDoom - 7/5/2024, 7:07 PM
This is what happens when you live inside of a bubble.

Blaming the audience never works, but that's expecting much from actors who always get told by their peers that what they did what great.

Love it when their bubble gets burst and their reaction is as entitled as this.
Dotanuki - 7/5/2024, 7:17 PM
Nepo baby cries when faced by legitimate criticism. A tale as old as time.
Arthorious - 7/5/2024, 7:20 PM
You know even Halle Berry can admit Catwoman was bad. It’s ok to admit that
redbeard1987 - 7/6/2024, 8:53 PM
@Arthorious - Even Dakota Johnson has admitted Madame Web wasn't good, and she didn't attack the fans when she did it
KennKathleen - 7/5/2024, 7:28 PM
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"And that’s what bums me out about a lot of stuff, even stuff that I’ve done, is people just make such a joke out of everything now."

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DocSpock - 7/5/2024, 7:33 PM

This is EPIC!

It is on par with the beauty pageant contestant a few years ago that said her heart was broken for the people of Tsunami.

Well done airhead!
Bobbo - 7/5/2024, 7:34 PM
Didn’t even the star, Dakota Johnson, call it horrible?
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