Dakota Johnson cast as Madame Web for ‘Spider-Man’ spin-off

An unexpected film, but an important one nonetheless.

words by: Alee Kwong
Mar 3, 2022

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dakota Johnson has been cast in Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off, Madame Web as the eponymous character.


If you are familiar with the 1994 Spider-Man animated series, then you are very familiar with Madame Web and her function within the Spider-Man stories. You’re probably thinking of an elderly blind woman, usually found in a huge chair with a gigantic metal web behind her. There have only been two prominent Madames in the comics. The first was Cassandra Web—created by Denny O’Neill and John Romita Jr.—who made her debut in 1980’s The Amazing Spider-Man #210.


Similar to what we saw in the 1994 animated series, Web was depicted as an elderly, clairvoyant mutant, who suffered from a neuromuscular disease that left her on a life support system. In turn, giving her abilities to work as a medium.


When Webb died, she passed her clairvoyant powers onto Julia Carpenter, who was the second incarnation of Spider-Woman, and so forth became the second Madame Web. It has yet to be disclosed which iteration Dakota Johnson will play, but based on age proximity, there’s a very good chance that she will play Julia Carpenter.



The spin-off was announced in 2019, in an effort to expand on Sony’s growing Marvel Studios-adjacent films, alongside the Venom films, and the upcoming Morbius film.


“Well, there’s the Marvel Universe, which is one container and then there’s the Spider-Verse movies, which are different and then there’s the other universe where the Sony characters are in,” Spider-Man producer, Amy Pascal, recently said when asked about Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff films such as MoribusVenom and Madame Web, and how they intertwine with the MCU. “We all are very respectful of each other and work together and make sure that we’re only being additive.”


“One of my favorite things to do at the minute is to go online and watch fans’ reactions to you guys coming in that one scene in particular,” Tom Holland said while discussing Spider-Man: No Way Home with Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. “I don’t think I could ever have imagined it as being so well received by everyone. I mean, I guess I had an idea that people would love this movie, but in no way, shape or form could I have thought it was going to be as big as it has been. And it’s been… only the last couple weeks that I have sort of really come back to reality and come home and started to face real-world problems, and it feels like we’ve been on some sort of really weird dream. It feels really strange.”


There’s no doubt that we will see Spider-Man appear in this film because, let’s be honest, Madame Web is not much without Spider-Man. Here are our Spider-Man movie ranking that no one asked for.


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