MADAME WEB Producer Says Movie Will Explore Who Title Character Was Before We Met Her In The Comics

MADAME WEB Producer Says Movie Will Explore Who Title Character Was Before We Met Her In The Comics

Madame Web producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has confirmed the upcoming Sony Pictures movie will explore who Cassandra Web was before she became "Madame Web," bringing back bad memories of last year's Morbius...

By JoshWilding - Jun 07, 2023 05:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Madame Web

Madame Web is expected to take us back to the Venomverse (Morbiverse?) to explore why there's no Spider-Man in that reality. According to past plot leaks, a pregnant Mary Parker will be hunted by Ezekiel Sims, prompting Cassandra Web and a team of female superheroes to step in and protect her during the early 2000s.

We're hoping the story doesn't culminate with the reveal that the MCU's Peter Parker originated in this reality, though there's a good chance Madame Web will tie into Sony Pictures' wider Spider-Verse plans and even what Marvel Studios is plotting. 

During an interview with, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed the movie will give its lead character a new origin story. 

"[If] you're a Spider-Man fan, you're gonna love the character because you know it from the comic books, which she doesn't really have that big a character in the comic books, we're doing the origin story of Madame Web," he begins. "And so you meet her before she's actually the person that you know in the comic book and you come to understand how she becomes that person."

Bonaventura concluded by saying, "I think that'll be a really fresh new terrain for the fans."

These comments, while intriguing, are also a little disappointing. A number of bad superhero movies have gone down the route of exploring who a character was before they more closely resemble their comic book counterparts - Morbius, anyone? - and it never tends to go particularly well. 

After all, does any fan really want to sit through a two-hour movie to only see its leads "suit up" in the final few minutes? 

Madame Web features a cast that's led by Dakota Johnson as the title character, with Adam Scott, Emma Roberts, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O'Connor, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, and Zosia Mamet set to join her. 

S.J. Clarkson (The Defenders) is directing Madame Web from a screenplay by Morbius scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. As of now, the movie is expected to swing into theaters on February 16, 2024.

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CorndogBurglar - 6/7/2023, 6:23 AM
Are they really going through with this? This going to be the biggest comic book movie flop in history. This might reach Catwoman levels of failure. This character is already pretty obscure in the comics. No one is going to want to see this. Even comic book readers are going to have almost zero interest in this.
TempleRod - 6/7/2023, 7:29 AM
@CorndogBurglar - Actually, out of all both Sony and Marvel's hamheaded plans for Spider-Man,
This might be one of my most anticpated.
At least this might bring something new. Every other project sounds like more of the same.

And in case it's not obvious, I am tired of the same.

CorndogBurglar - 6/7/2023, 9:41 AM
@TempleRod - To be fair, the MCU has tried to do different things with Phase 4 and its mostly considered a disappointment.

Now, personally I put that blame on bad decision making, loke not recasting your most important characters in the franchise and trying to move forward with less interesting characters.

But this is just as bad of a decision. They have a million other Spider-Man characters they can do. Why Madam Web? A character that the general audience, and even some comic fans, have never heard of. A character that has never even been mentioned in any movies.

It's just a bad idea.
BritishMonkey - 6/7/2023, 6:29 AM
I don't really care at all who she was beforehand.
I like the mystery and mysticism around her. That is more interesting.
UncleHarm1 - 6/7/2023, 1:53 PM
@BritishMonkey - If only there was a show or something about Bruce Wayne as a little kid, before he acquired all his interesting traits. It would be universally beloved and maybe this Batman character could break out of obscurity.
VictorAlonzo - 6/7/2023, 6:38 AM

bkmeijer1 - 6/7/2023, 7:01 AM
I think this movie will be a muddled Multiverse mess as Multiverse of Madness was and The Flash will probably be.

If this is Terminator with May Parker instead of Sarah Connor though, I can't help but actually be excited. It's such an odd premise, it's kinda intriguing.
Batmangina - 6/7/2023, 7:25 AM
I was so busy forgetting The Marvels was happening that this one didn't even get a chance to be noticed and subsequently forgotten.

I'd rather restart my D+ subscription and watch She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel.

That's not actually true - Madame Web would at least be over in 2 hours, give or take.
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 6/7/2023, 8:15 AM
@Batmangina - Actually, The Marvels will likely be a huge hit.
Batmangina - 6/7/2023, 9:25 PM
@99OPTIMISTPRIME - I'll take that bet
OmegaBlack13 - 6/7/2023, 8:36 AM
I really doubt anyone on earth has ever read a comic with Madame Web and thought “I really gotta see who she was before”
slickrickdesigns - 6/7/2023, 8:45 AM
So thankful we get to see another origin story nobody asked for from a character nobody cares about.
MrDandy - 6/7/2023, 10:25 AM
I regularly forget this movie is being made.
itzayaboy - 6/7/2023, 10:53 AM
CaptainCheese - 6/7/2023, 1:52 PM
NegativeNerd - 6/7/2023, 2:32 PM
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