Madame Web is a 2024 American superhero film based on Marvel Comics featuring the character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures and Di Bonaventura Pictures in association with Marvel Entertainment. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is intended to be the fourth film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU). The film is directed by S. J. Clarkson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Claire Parker, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, from a story by Kerem Sanga, Sazama, and Sharpless. It stars Dakota Johnson in the title role, alongside Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, and Tahar Rahim.
Sony began development on a Madame Web film for its shared universe by September 2019, with Sazama and Sharpless hired to write a script after Sanga had written an earlier draft. Clarkson joined the project in May 2020, making the film her feature film directorial debut, while Johnson was cast in early 2022. This was followed by additional castings in the following months and Parker joining later on. Filming began in mid-July 2022, occurring in Boston and throughout Massachusetts until that September, before shooting in New York City by mid-October, and wrapped before the end of the year.
Madame Web is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 14, 2024.
Cassandra Webb is forced to confront her past while trying to survive with three young women with powerful futures who are being hunted by a deadly adversary.
- Dakota Johnson as Cassandra “Cassie” Webb / Madame Web:
- A paramedic in Manhattan and a clairvoyant whose psychic abilities allow her to see future events within the “spider world”.
- Sydney Sweeney as Julia Carpenter / Spider-Woman
- Celeste O’Connor as Mattie Franklin / Spider-Woman
- Isabela Merced as Anya Corazon / Araña
- Tahar Rahim as Ezekiel Sims:
- An explorer who was with Webb’s mother in the Amazon Rainforest while she was researching spiders just before her death. He wears a black Spider-Man-styled suit, has enhanced physical abilities, and is hunting the three women who have the potential to become Spider-Women in the future.
Additionally, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts, Adam Scott, and Zosia Mamet have been cast in undisclosed roles.
After their work on the Marvel Comics-based film Morbius (2022), part of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU), Sony Pictures hired Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless in September 2019 to write a script centered around the Marvel character Madame Web. Sony’s executive vice president Palak Patel was overseeing the project. Kerem Sanga had previously written a draft for the film. In May 2020, S. J. Clarkson was hired to develop and direct Sony’s first female-centric Marvel film, which was reported to be Madame Web. The studio was looking to attach a prominent actress such as Charlize Theron or Amy Adams to the project, before hiring a new writer to further develop the film with her in mind. After meeting with several “A-listers” for the title role, Sony narrowed their shortlist during December 2021 and January 2022. Dakota Johnson became the frontrunner by the end of 2021, and was in talks to star as Madame Web by early February. Clarkson was confirmed to be directing Madame Web at that time. In March, Sydney Sweeney was cast in the film alongside Johnson. Justin Kroll of Deadline Hollywood described the project as being “Sony’s version of Doctor Strange” due to Madame Web’s comic book abilities, though he noted that the film could be departing from the source material since the comics version of Madame Web is an elderly woman, named Cassandra Webb, connected to a life-support system that looks like a spider web. Kroll noted because of this that the film reportedly could “turn into something else”. Grant Hermanns of Screen Rant noted speculation on whether Johnson was playing Cassandra Webb or the younger Julia Carpenter, who was the second character in the comics to be known as Madame Web. A month later, Sony gave Madame Web a release date of July 7, 2023, and confirmed Johnson and Sweeney would star in the film.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who produced the film for Sony through his production company Di Bonaventura Pictures, described the film as a thriller and called the titular character’s clairvoyance a “tricky skill set” that was not likely to be used for an action film. He said the studio chose to keep details on the film secretive given the character was not well known to general audiences. Sweeney said the film was different from audiences’ expectations of superhero films.
In May 2022, Sony Pictures CEO and chairman Tom Rothman stated that filming would begin “in the spring”, and Celeste O’Connor was cast in the film, which was described as an origin story for the titular character. Di Bonaventura said it would present a fresh take on the character and her origin. In June, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, and Emma Roberts also joined the cast. Sabina Graves of Gizmodo opined that the other actresses could be portraying “more recognizable” characters such as Jessica Drew / Spider-Woman and Gwen Stacy in a “reimagining” of the Spider-Verse comic. The film had been reported to be “something else under the guise” of the Madame Web character. By then, filming was set to begin in mid-July 2022. Sweeney said she was “about to” start filming, and she completed an athletic assessment test and read comics featuring her character Julia Carpenter to prepare for the role, while Johnson was training ahead of starting filming in July. Mike Epps joined the cast that month.
Principal photography began on July 11, 2022 in the Financial District of Boston through July 14, with scenes modeling 2000s New York City, including Chinatown, Manhattan. Filming occurred using the working title Claire, with Mauro Fiore serving as cinematographer, after previously doing so for Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Hoome (2021). Shortly after filming started, Adam Scott joined the cast, and the film’s release date was delayed to October 6, 2023. In late July, filming occurred in Allston at Kelton Street. Zosia Mamet was cast in August. Filming that month occurred in Chelsea, Massachusetts, while construction of a set in Andover, Massachusetts had also begun to stand-in for the 4-Star Diner, a comics location, and took place at baseball fields in West Andover. Filming occurred in Worcester, Massachusetts for precision driving and exterior street shots in mid-September to last for three days, on various street locations, using the working titles Claire and Peru. At that time, the release was further delayed to February 16, 2024. Filming was also set to take place in other areas in the South Shore of Massachusetts, including a former hangar of the Naval Air Station South Weymouth. Filming in Massachusetts, particularly for the Boston unit, lasted for three months until September 2022. The production then moved to New York City by October 11, occurring at Grand Central Station, and Sweeney completed filming her scenes by October 18 after a three and a half-month shoot; Sweeney worked on the film in Boston for five months. Filming was completed before the end of the year, and was confirmed to have wrapped in mid-January 2023. Filming was also expected to occur in Mexico.
In March 2023, Sweeney’s role was reported to be Julia Carpenter, which was confirmed in May along with Johnson as Webb. In July, the film’s release was moved forward to February 14, 2024. With the release of the first trailer in November 2023, the film’s writing credits were revealed: Sazama and Sharpless received credit for the screenplay alongside the writing team of Claire Parker and Clarkson, while credit for the story was attributed to Sanga, Sazama, and Sharpless. The official premise for the film released at that time described the film as a “standalone origin story” and a “suspense-driven thriller” that diverged from the typical superhero film genre, and started with the line “Meanwhile, in another universe…”, which had been used for the trailer for Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) when it was attached to their SSU film Venom (2018). McKinley Franklin at Variety also described the film as a suspense thriller. Leigh Folsom Boyd edited the film after previously doing so on No Way Home. Visual effects were provided by Digital Domain, beloFX, and One of Us.
Johan Söderqvist was revealed to be composing the film’s score, after previously working with Clarkson on Anatomy of a Scandal (2022), in November 2023.
The first trailer for the film was released on November 15, 2023. Charles Pulliam-Moore at The Verge felt the trailer did not give an indication as to what universe the film was set in or why the film’s antagonist Ezekiel Sims wore a suit similar to that of the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, and found it weird to see another Marvel-based project from Sony centered on the Spider-Man lore from the comics without featuring the Spider-Man character. Zoe Guy, writing for Vulture, said the trailer provided a lot of details and highlighted its use of “Bury a Friend” by Billie Eilish. Joshua Rivera of Polygon criticized the trailer for focusing its three-minute runtime on explaining Cassandra Webb’s powers and appearing as a “run-of-the-mill 2000s thriller” instead of showcasing the “wildly interesting and truly strange” Spider-Man-related characters. Conversely, Graham Day at The Escapist was excited for the film by the trailer and highlighted Sony’s unconventional and eccentric style, which he noted had resulted in commentators making various memes surrounding the film. Day compared such moments to similar scenes and responses to Sony’s Venom (2018) and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, feeling the stunt work in the trailer was fascinating and similar to that of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), which he felt was under-appreciated. One particular quote from the trailer received a mix of scrutiny and humor from viewers due to the rather elongated and awkwardly delivered line from Dakota Johnson stating, “He was in the Amazon with my mom when she was researching spiders right before she died.” The line briefly became memed with audiences incorporating the quote into other famous movie lines.
Madame Web is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on February 14, 2024, in IMAX. It was previously scheduled for July 7, 2023, October 6, 2023, and then on February 16, 2024. This will be the first film to use the new Columbia Pictures logo commemorating the studio’s 100th anniversary, with a computer-generated animated version of the “Lady with the Torch” iconography.
In December 2022, Sony signed a long-term deal with the Canadian-based streaming service Crave for their films starting in April 2023, following the films’ theatrical and home media windows. Crave signed for the “pay-one” window streaming rights, which included Madame Web.
How to watch and download?
Madame Web will be shown on all Cinemas around the World once the film has been release.
* This biography or article is a copyright of Uzomedia TV, please refer-back to our blog if you wish to copy or pin back our articles.*
* For car insurance, Home Insurance, Insurance companies, Auto insurance Public liability insurance, Cheap Insurance, Loans,liability insurance, professional indemnity insurance, small business insurance, Health and Fitness, Real Estate, Digital Marketing, Automobile and more visit our contact page.*