Dakota Johnson shares a spider-themed story to her Instagram, hinting at her prospective casting as Madame Web in the new Spider-Man spinoff.
Actor Dakota Johnson might have just confirmed her casting in the new Spider-Man spinoff Madame Web. New information about the project had been sparse since it was first announced back in 2019, until recently. Not long ago, Johnson had been said to be in talks with Sony about playing Madame Web in the Spider-Man spinoff. The movie announcement was coming off the extreme popularity of the MCU’s Spider-Man, as well as Sony’s expanding Spider-Man spinoff universe.
Cassandra Webb (Madame Web) was introduced in the 1980s in The Amazing Spider-Man No. 210 and seen supporting the web-slinging hero. Unlike Spider-Man, Madame Web is a mutant with several abilities, including telepathy, astral projection, and clairvoyance, making her incredibly powerful. The character was born blind and has a condition called myasthenia gravis that affects various muscles around the body. Cassandra is paralyzed due to her condition and is dependent on her spider-web-shaped life support machine.
Quickly following Johnson’s talk with Sony, she made a post on her Instagram story. Johnson shared a single spider-web emoji in the center of a black screen, making it clear what she’s referring to. This strategic post is an incredibly obvious link to Spider-Man, nodding to her prospective casting. Although nothing has been officially confirmed as of yet, this at least suggests that she has a positive outlook on her future within the MCU following her conversation with Sony about her casting. View the post below:
Currently, there are very few confirmed names attached to the project, such as Morbius writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who were said to be writing the script when the project was first announced. Alongside these two, S.J. Clarkson, known for projects like Jessica Jones and The Defenders, is set to direct Madame Web. Cassandra Webb has been depicted outside of the comics before, in various Spider-Man video games and animated series. Her first television appearance was in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, where she was voiced by Joan Boocock Lee (Stan Lee’s wife), following in her husband’s Marvel cameo trend.
Ordinarily, Madame Web is seen as an elderly woman, making Johnson’s potential casting an odd pick for the role. This could suggest that the character is mirroring Aunt May’s MCU depiction, who has also been portrayed by younger actors than her in-comic appearance implies. However, Johnson’s ill-fitting age could be a hint that viewers will be seeing a Madame Web origin story in the new film. While fans will have to wait for an official confirmation to know for sure, Johnson’s recent spider-themed Instagram story insinuates that she is indeed linked to Madame Web.
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