Sydney Sweeney Gets Candid About MADAME WEB Flopping: "To Me That Film Was A Building Block"

Sydney Sweeney Gets Candid About MADAME WEB Flopping: "To Me That Film Was A Building Block" Sydney Sweeney Gets Candid About MADAME WEB Flopping: "To Me That Film Was A Building Block"

Sydney Sweeney, who plays Julia Carpenter, aka Spider-Woman, in Madame Web, gets frank about the movie's negative reviews and poor box office performance in a new interview...

By MarkCassidy - Mar 18, 2024 12:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Madame Web

Madame Web became the subject of ridicule after Sony Pictures released its first (and only) trailer, and the mockery did not die down when the movie hit theaters to abysmal reviews.

Of course, quite a few movies manage to weather the storm of negativity and still emerge as box office successes, but audiences were no more receptive to Sony's latest "SSU" entry than critics, and Madame Web has now been pulled from theaters after a very disappointing run.

Sydney Sweeney, who plays Julia Carpenter/Spider-Woman, has previously weighed-in on the movie's reception, but has now given a more in-depth - and refreshingly candid - response during a new interview with GQ.

“The movie is such a large movie with so many people involved,” says the Euphoria star. “I was just hired as an actor and happy to bring to life a character that my little cousins are excited about. There’s no outcome I can control on a film like that, especially when I’m not a producer. You sign up for whatever happens and you take the ride.”

Sweeney went on to admit that, even though the film didn't turn out to be as successful as she'd have liked, it did afford her more career opportunities.

“To me that film was a building block, it’s what allowed me to build a relationship with Sony. Without doing Madame Web I wouldn’t have a relationship with the decision-makers over there,” she adds. “Everything in my career I do not just for that story, but strategic business decisions. Because I did that, I was able to sell Anyone But You. I was able to get Barbarella.”

Dakota Johnson has made it clear that she has zero interest in reprising the role of Cassandra Web, but Sweeney seems a little more open to the possibility of returning as Spider-Woman. “I think that if the story is right and you have the right team, I would love to.”

"'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."

Dakota 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 Sims.

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.

In addition to Kraven the Hunter, a third Venom movie slated for Nov. 8, 2024. These movies could well prove to be box office successes and turn things around, but if not, one has to assume that the SSU will be on its last legs.

Have you seen Madame Web? If not, do you plan on giving it a go? Drop us a comment down below.

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mountainman - 3/18/2024, 12:46 PM
This is the mature take that more actors should take. Don’t get offended or lash out when a project fails. Just accept that it was a job and move on.
MG0019 - 3/18/2024, 2:21 PM
@mountainman - Exactly. Even her response about returning to a failed role, “if the story and team are right, I’d be willing to return.” She’s not saying she Will return; but it’s the response that leaves her in the best light. Sounds like someone you’d be ok doing business with.

Going out of your way to bad mouth a production would make me hesitant about working with them again. Maybe part of the reason the last venture didn’t work was because of their negativity.
Blergh - 3/18/2024, 2:24 PM
@mountainman - absolutely true. If it sucks, stand by it and take it for what it is, an opportunity that may lead to better stuff.
SATW42 - 3/18/2024, 12:54 PM
She's so young, and wasn't the main character, so this will be easy to walk away from and just be a bad movie she was in.
MarkCassidy - 3/18/2024, 12:55 PM
I started it last night... I just don't know if I can bring myself to continue. I also watched Argylle, which is the worst movie I've seen this year by far. Madame Web will have its work cut out to top it.
GhostDog - 3/18/2024, 1:04 PM
@MarkCassidy - Argylle was absolutely terrible. I think its a severe career low for Vaughn, honestly. How he may possibly get to re-start the Kick Ass universe after that is wild...
Izaizaiza - 3/18/2024, 1:13 PM
@MarkCassidy - I had a friend convinced me that if I was willing to enjoy an outrageous, terrible in a good way film, I should give Cats a try. That was the cruelest prank anyone has ever played on me.
MarkCassidy - 3/18/2024, 1:19 PM
@GhostDog - I couldn't believe how bad it was. Like I knew the reviews were pretty negative, but I wasn't expecting such a travesty.
Arthorious - 3/18/2024, 2:05 PM
@GhostDog - you know I’m actually kind of glad that he didn’t get to helm a Superman movie now
GhostDog - 3/18/2024, 2:17 PM
@Arthorious - verrrrrry glad
clintthahamster - 3/18/2024, 2:45 PM
@Izaizaiza - A few of my buddies were going to eat a shitload of mushrooms and go see Cats, but we never got around to it. One of life's little regrets.
Izaizaiza - 3/18/2024, 3:45 PM
@ClintThaHamster - count your blessings. My wife and I took some gummies before we watched. It... Didn't make it any better, and I don't think mushrooms would have either. It was terrible
TheNewYorker - 3/18/2024, 6:11 PM
@MarkCassidy - Argylle was way more difficult to watch. But it’s suckiness was different lmao
Nomis929 - 3/18/2024, 12:58 PM
I think the movie will eventually have a cult follwing and prorbly be shown at midnight features in low end theatere houses.

I say slap on a wig or dye her hair dark and make her the original SpiderWoman, Jessica Drew.

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RolandD - 3/18/2024, 7:32 PM
@Nomis929 - Marcel Studios also, please. They may not be hitting them out of the park like they were before, but they certainly make better movies than Sony.
HammerLegFoot - 3/18/2024, 12:58 PM
This is off topic but I got a question. Did James Gunn ever reveal that easter egg in guardians vol 1 that he said no one has ever found?
JonC - 3/18/2024, 4:16 PM
@HammerLegFoot - i don't believe so
jerryblake - 3/18/2024, 12:58 PM
It's bad in the terms of script, logic, villain, spider people ... but still fun.

It's stil better than Morbius (boring) and Venom 2 (just look how they massacred Cletus Kasady)
DarthAlgar - 3/18/2024, 2:04 PM
@jerryblake - I still haven't forgiven Woody Harrelson.
jerryblake - 3/18/2024, 2:09 PM
@DarthAlgar - .. and casting director
Moriakum - 3/18/2024, 1:11 PM
Off Topic:

Why are the comments turned off on the post "ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE: Revisiting The Movie's Best Easter Eggs 3 Years After The Snyder Cut's Release"?
HammerLegFoot - 3/18/2024, 1:12 PM
@Moriakum - He's been turning the comments off on his lists lately cause of all the bad/rude comments
bobevanz - 3/18/2024, 1:23 PM
@HammerLegFoot - yep, instead of actually fixing the problem lol
HammerLegFoot - 3/18/2024, 1:35 PM
@bobevanz - Sad actually
SteelGunZ - 3/18/2024, 1:38 PM
@Moriakum - Because Joss knows that, Nobody wants to talk about, hear about and remember that 4hr waste of time but him.
WhatIfRickJames - 3/18/2024, 1:57 PM
@Moriakum - because the comments fit the contents. Garbage in, garbage out
TheFinestSmack - 3/18/2024, 2:27 PM
@Moriakum - i think it's also because those dumb lists of his mostly serve as a way to drive traffic to the site when they get shared. The comments likely don't mean much on those.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/18/2024, 1:23 PM
"It’s what allowed me to build a relationship with Sony. Without doing Madame Web I wouldn’t have a relationship with the decision-makers over there."

Who is going to tell her that Sony is the last studio she should have a relationship with?
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 3/18/2024, 1:39 PM
There's still not that many female-led action movies. So when actresses get those opportunities, they'll rarely pass them up. Had Sony just tried to basically make a female version of Spider-Man (Spider-Woman) with her, they might've had something. Making Madame Web the centric character, was such a weird choice.
mountainman - 3/18/2024, 1:51 PM
@99OPTIMISTPRIME - A Sydney Sweeney led Jessica Carpenter Spider Woman movie 100% would have been better than this. Since it’s Sony, it probably still wouldn’t have been good, but at least less bad.
LSHF - 3/18/2024, 2:19 PM
That's excellent logical thinking.
ModHaterSLADE - 3/18/2024, 2:21 PM
She's charismatic enough I'm sure she'll easily bounce back with a better role. The biggest issue outside of bad writing for me was that this teased a superhero movie when it was more of a thriller if anything. The visions power just set up plot points that'll never probably get touched upon because this bombed so hard.
MotherGooseUPus - 3/18/2024, 2:36 PM
Good for her. she'll move on and be just fine. she's a legit good actress. I saw her in Anyone but You. She was funny and great with Glenn Powell in that movie. I hope we get to see her as black cat or even poison ivy someday
ChrisRed - 3/18/2024, 2:45 PM
I think it would be cool if they brought her back as Julia in the Secret Wars movie, considering her role in the original comic.
bkmeijer1 - 3/18/2024, 2:56 PM
@ChrisRed - I wouldn't mind that. Could see her return in the inevitable Spider-Verse movie as well
bkmeijer1 - 3/18/2024, 2:55 PM
Gotta say, that's pretty smart. Kind of the macro version of me talking to people from different departments at different coffee machines around the office. Who's the manager now, carl!
Vigor - 3/18/2024, 3:07 PM
Clever girl
tylerzero - 3/18/2024, 3:18 PM
@Vigor -

This is how I heard it in my head.

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DudeGuy - 3/18/2024, 3:18 PM
@Vigor - 🦖
Knightrider - 3/18/2024, 4:32 PM
I feel like this will end up becoming one of those cult movies where the story behind how it was made, the changes that in underwent, what it was originally going to be will give it a lasting legacy
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