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What We Know About Sony's Madame Web Movie So Far

Hold on to your webs, Spider-fans, 'cause the creative team at Sony Pictures is apparently going all in-on their ever-expanding Spider-Verse.

Even as they've just managed to re-tangle their webs with the folks at Marvel for a third film featuring Tom Holland's Spider-Man, Sony executives are charging forward with plans to bring more characters from the Spider-Man universe to the big screen. To date, those plans have been limited to bestowing standalone features on some of Spider-Man's biggest bads in Tom Hardy's Venom and its in-development Andy Serkis-directed sequel. Next on tap is Jared Leto's take on Spidey's horror-based, vampiric foe Morbius (though Morbius would eventually become a tragic antihero of sorts in the Spider-Verse). 

Now that Tom Holland's next Spider-Man flick will officially unfold within the MCU, Sony is ready to get going on a film that may allow the studio its first chance to bring the actual Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse. Though details about the project are only just starting to come out, Collider has recently confirmed that Sony is getting to work on a live-action feature film centered around Spider-Man ally Madame Web. 

Here's what we know about the Madame Web movie so far.

What do we know about the team behind Madame Web?

As for whether the project has landed a director yet, you're going to have to wait on that news. In fact, the film is in such early stages that Sony has yet to even put an actual producer on the project, though it's presumed the studio's in-house comic guru Avi Arad (who's worked on everything from the first few X-Men movies, to Sony's original Spider-Man projects, to the Venom and Morbius flicks) will serve in that role.

Historically speaking, Arad's track record for comic book adaptations has been spotty at best. Though he's got a couple of mammoth hits on his resume, he was also in charge of a few big-time comic book movie misses in the guise of Ben Affleck's Daredevil and its spinoff Elektra, 2005's Fantastic Four and its dreadful sequel, and The Amazing Spider-Man reboot films that basically led Sony to turn the franchise over to Kevin Feige and Team Marvel. Here's hoping Arad can bring his A-game for Madame Web, should he actually step up and produce it. 

As for Sazama and Sharpless, their track record is a bit spotty as well, having penned a couple of genre misfires in Dracula UntoldThe Last Witch Hunter, and Gods of Egypt. The writing duo did seem to get on track with 2017's somewhat flawed but mostly fun Power Rangers movie, and they followed that film by bringing to Netflix a fascinating reimagining of Lost in Space. We'll simply have to hold out and see what Shazama and Sharpless bring to Morbius to get a feel for what they'll do with Madame Web, but Sony has clearly seen something they like in the pair, having given them another Spider-Verse flick to pen.   

Wait, who is Madame Web?

Madame Web has yet to make an appearance in any live-action Spider-Man movie, but she did appear in several editions of Marvel's Spider-Man comic books as well as a handful of episodes of Fox Kids' beloved Spider-Man: The Animated Series back in the mid-90s. So, even if we can't tell you much about the upcoming movie based on Madame Web, we can still tell you a little bit about the character.

First and foremost, we should inform you that Madame Web isn't quite the butt-kicking Spider-Woman her name might imply. She doesn't really kick any butts at all, as she suffers from a rare neurological disorder called Myasthenia Gravis, which leads to muscular and skeletal weakness. In the comics and via the animated Spider-Man series, Madame Web (whose real name is Cassandra Webb) is generally depicted as a blind old woman who is connected to a life support system designed by her husband. As it happens, her life support system looks a lot like an actual spider web, hence her awesome name.

If you're wondering how an elderly blind woman who can't throw down with villains actually fits into the Spider-Man storyline, we'll clear up the confusion: Madame Web is a powerful mutant with precognitive and telepathic abilities — not to mention a touch of clairvoyance to boot. Madame Web made her debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #210, in which Spidey enlisted her powers while hunting down a kidnapping victim. Their webs would intertwine on several more occasions in the comics, with Madame Web's granddaughter eventually even becoming the fourth Spider-Woman. 

And yes, just in case you were wondering, Madame Web's clairvoyance means that she's one of the few people in the Spider-Verse who knows Spidey's secret identity. However, with the mid-credits shocker that closed out Spider-Man: Far From Home, Madame Web's knowledge that Peter Parker is the kid behind the mask seems less important as far as the Sony-Marvel movie canon is concerned. 

Either way, we can't help but think the original missing person storyline featuring a team-up between Spider-Man and the oracle-like Madame Web might be the best place to bring the web-slinger into Sony's growing Spidey sphere.

What does Madame Web mean for Sony's Spider-Verse?

The question then becomes, what exactly does a Madame Web standalone movie mean for Sony's Spider-Verse? Truth is, we're not really going to know until the movie is out there. Still, a Madame Web film seems to signal that Tom Holland's Spider-Man might be joining Sony's multiverse fray in the near future. This was a little more than teased by Marvel's own Kevin Feige, who shared in a statement announcing Spider-Man's return to the MCU, "He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold."

Whatever the case, bringing a character with Madame Web's particular skill set into the melee will certainly help make the Spidey-Verse bigger. After all, Madame Web faced off against Kraven the Hunter, who just so happens to have his own standalone movie in the works at Sony. And even if Spider-Man doesn't turn up in the Madame Web movie, there's still plenty of opportunity for him to cross over into other Spider-Verse movies where she might appear too.

The one thing we know for certain is that Sony has no plans to pump the brakes on its expansion of the Spider-Verse. With a shiny new deal in place with Marvel, it's just a matter of time until the studio brings the web-slinger himself into the fold. Will Madame Web be the movie that does it? Or will Sony give Tom Holland's Spidey his own web to play in first? Your guess is as good as ours. For now, we're just excited that a compelling character like Madame Web is getting a chance to step into the spotlight.