Madame Web trailer has been released, and throughout this article, we will discuss the characters, story, and everything related to this movie. The movie will be the first among three Sony Marvel productions to hit theaters in 2024, the other two being Venom 3 and Kraven. The initial plan was for Beyond The Spider-verse to come out that year as well, but they’re taking their time to make it the greatest movie they can.
It will have a strong time travel component, and early spoilers claimed that it will be like Terminator, where a person from another time comes to kill the mother of a child who is meant to be the chosen one. In this movie, Peter Parker is going to be the chosen one, and Madame Web and her friend will try to save Peter’s Mother, Mary Parker.
Anyway, we will be going through it all and talking about each of the Spider-Person that will be appearing in this movie and what they are like in comics. We will also be talking about some of the Madame Web Plot leaks.
Madame Web Release Date
Madame Web was first set to release this year on 7th July 2023, but then it faced delays and was shifted to 6th October 2023. But once again, its release date was shifted, and finally, Madame Web will be released on 16 February 2024, capturing Valentine’s Week.
The Madame Web teaser begins and reveals how events in the movie will be repeated throughout. In it, Web walks into a diner and meets up with the movie’s main characters before an evil Spider-Man attacks and murders them all.
From here, we rewind to a week earlier, when she was employed as a paramedic. When she does this, she nearly dies and is driven off the edge of a bridge. She almost drowns, and during some of her dreams, we see her standing right in front of a spider’s web in a tree.
Another scene shows someone holding a newborn before passing it on. She also falls into the sea, so I’m assuming that these are glimpses of what will happen in the future as the movie progresses. I believe Web’s role as a paramedic is somewhat new, and it may be a take on comic book paramedic Jane Foster.
Now, the song in the background is Bury a Friend by Billie Eilish. This is said to have been sung from the perspective of a monster under the bed, representing that something dark is lying in wait and ready to strike.
Madame Web Different From Comics
In case you don’t know, Madame Web is a bit different from how she is in the comics. Dakota Johnson will be playing a much younger version of how she’s typically portrayed, and I think they’re going to slowly steer toward that as we go further through the franchise.
First appearing in the 1980s Amazing Spider-Man 210, she was created by Denny O’Neil and John Romita Junior. Introduced as a powerful psychic possessing clairvoyance, Cassandra was originally born blind due to a neurological condition.
This isn’t something that they bring to the film, and it’ll be interesting to see what way they take things. I feel like she might get blinded in the movie, but yeah, I guess we’ll have to see when it releases in February.
Madame Web’s Powers
Now, due to her blindness, she developed powerful psychic abilities and, from this point on, became a medium. Web, in the comics, instantly realized that Peter Parker was Spider-man and, through a phone call, helped him to stop a politician from being assassinated. Since then, she’s played a much larger role and has been someone who’s been able to tap directly into the multiverse.
Now, on top of her abilities, Web can perform psychic surgery on people and enter their minds to fix issues with their brains. She is also currently immortal, and this was due to the gathering of the five. That was something that we talked about recently, with it being a group of five people brought together by Norman Osborn. The five had relics that were a gamble, with each one of them being either a blessing or a curse.
In the end, they get either power, knowledge, immortality, insanity, or death, but none of them are as it seems. Norman believed one of the people got insanity when, in reality, they were simply gaining all the knowledge in the universe. As for Osborn, he was the one who got that, with him being under the impression that he’d got power.
The one who got power was Mattie Franklin, who became a version of Spider-Woman, which may tie into this too. She’s going to be played in the film by Celeste O’Connor, with us probably getting a big team-up of Spider-women to take down the baddies.
It’s said that the Web in the film can also peer into the spider world, so I’m guessing we’ll see the other universes that we’ve witnessed before, with this potentially being the movie that ties them together.
Ezekiel Sims: The Main Villain
Web is haunted by these visions in the teaser and can see when someone is going to die before it happens. This is reflected on the subway, where she sees the three spider-women being killed by Ezekil Sims. This is what opened up the trailer with something similar happening at the diner.
Now Ezekiel Sims is going to be the big bad of the film, and he’s an alternate version of Spider-man that will be killing off certain characters because of who they’re going to become. He isn’t a baddie in the comics, and he helped Peter and Cindy Moon at several points.
We will talk about what some of the wider plotlines that have been leaked out are, but that’s the way that the trailer is presenting things.
When his costume was leaked a while back, it was thought that he was Aaron Taylor Johnson in his Kraven role, riffing off the time that Kraven wore a Spider-Man costume in the comics. The image was grainy as hell, so you couldn’t make it out, and all we knew was that it was from a Spider-Man project. However, the actor is Tahar Rahim, while Ezekiel has a lot of ties to the comics.
Ezekiel has all the powers that Peter Parker does, but on top of this, he’s immune to his Spider-Sense. This means that they can sneak up on him easily, and thus, he’s quite a dangerous threat.
Now, Ezekiel got his powers from a Spider-Totem, and he went on a similar route to what Peter went on. While Peters’s life would be changed by the death of Uncle Ben, Ezekiel didn’t have that big defining moment.
Thus, he used his powers to amass a fortune. However, life wasn’t as easy as he’d assumed. Due to him getting his powers from a totem, others who had the same powers were now hunting him. This was a character called Morlun, and thus Ezekeil set out to not only protect himself but also the other spiders. Here we might even learn that he’s got other things going on, but they’ve flipped things to make the huntee the hunter.
Madame Web Set In 2000s
Anyway, Webb is unable to defeat him, and thus, she has to turn to others. She’s sort of in her rebooted look throughout, with the red jacket being something that pops up a lot in her more recent appearances with her. The creative team has said that they’re telling a new origin story that hasn’t been done with her before, and it’ll give us insight into how she became the legendary character.
The movie will also be set in the early 2000s, which was teased by a Beyonce album cover that was spotted on the set. There was also a taxi seen with an ad saying palm pilots with 3g speed, so it’s starting things off around the turn of the millennium. Sony often gets criticized for making movies that feel like they’re from the 2000s, and it’s nice that they lead into that.
Now there’s also the guy playing PSP on the tube, and we get moments with Midtown High being referenced as well. This is the school Peter went to, and we learn this about him.
Sydney Sweeney As Julia Carpenter
It’s all connected, and the Web ends up saving the girl’s lives, and this brings them together. Now Sydney Sweeney is gonna be playing none other than Julia Carpenter, aka Spider-Woman. First introduced during Secret Wars issue 6, she’s become one of the mainstay Spider-Women in the Marvel universe.
Julia also recently appeared in Across the Spider-Verse, with her now making her big live-action debut with Sweeney in the role.
Both she and Web have a lot of connections in the comics, as when Madame Web died, she passed her psychic abilities onto her. This gave her telepathy and Astral Projection, with her also having teleported on rare occasions.
Now Julia was born in LA, and it looks like they’re different from her origins quite a bit. She ended up marrying her college sweetheart, and together, the pair had a daughter named Rachel. However, it was discovered that he’d been cheating on her, and after the pair divorced, Julia got custody of Rachel.
From here on out, she became embroiled in a government group called the commission that had decided to create their superhero. Julia was unwittingly led into the experiments by her college friend Val Cooper, which she’d believed was an athletic study. Injected with a mix of spider venom, she got similar powers to Peter and shortly after took on the identity of Spider-woman.
Appearing in Secret Wars, she then returned to Earth and has become a character who appears from time to time in the Marvel universe.
Isabela Merced As Anya Corazon
Now alongside her is also going to be Anya Corazon, who in the film will be played by Isabela Merced. Corazon is none other than the hero Spider-Girl, who was originally born in Brooklyn. The pair moved to Mexico when they were very young, but they returned to the States after her mother was killed.
Anya is someone who has all the powers that your typical spider-peeps do, and similar to Miles, she’s also able to camouflage. She’s capable of hiding in shadows and going invisible, which is similar to a Crab-Spider, which can change colors.
Anya is more of a relatively known hero, so I haven’t read much involving the character still, though she’s making up the main people in the group who are going to be going up against the big bad Ezekiel Sims.
We see her costume in the trailer at one point, along with the rest, and it looks comic-accurate except for the big white eyes being missing. Still, though, it’s so cool to see this being done right. They’re all in there, and in the end, it’s a great look at them that adds to the scene. However, I don’t think that their dying is all part of the plan, and that’s hinted at by the shot with Emma Roberts handing over the baby.
Madame Web Plot Leaks
Daniel RPK broke the story about what the film was going to be about way back in August. He said that the film would center around Madame Web bringing together a group of Spider-Women who were tasked with protecting Mary Parker. This is Peter’s mother, and thus, killing her will stop Spider-Man from being born.
Now Adam Scott will be playing Ben Parker, aka the big man Uncle Ben. I wonder if he’s going to be put in the crosshairs, too, as he’s a very important person in the Spider-Man lore.
Again, it’s very akin to Terminator, with Peter being the chosen one of the entire spider world. Now it’s been said that this is gonna carry over to secret wars, with Tom Holland’s version being the chosen one of that universe.
Spider-man played a big part in the original run, with that being the story where he gets his black suit. I am kinda wondering whether that will be teased at the end of Spider-Man 4, and then he might pick it up in the next Avengers Movie.
Madame Web Could Be A Hit Or Miss
Now, as for my thoughts on the film, I am quite excited about it, and I’ve heard from test screenings that it’s way better than expected. I know Sony can either be hit or miss, and you can get a Spider-Verse film and then also a Morbius one.
From what’s been said, though, this is going to be a good, fun movie that hopefully connects things up with the multiverse pretty well. Comic book films have kinda hit a point where the box office is all over the place, and we’ve seen a lot of movies this year underperforming.
So I think this needs to sell the film, but from what I’ve seen, I’m pretty interested in where things are gonna go. I know that people are crying out that it doesn’t seem comically accurate, but I believe that as things go on, we’ll see them getting closer to it.
Also, I just love time travel films, and if they put things in line with Terminator, I think that could work well. It’s a motif that was used brilliantly in Days Of Future Past, and it’s something that could help to elevate this film.
At the moment, I feel like these movies need a hook, and it’s something that stops it from just looking generic. We’ve got loads of superhero movies these days, too many to count, so yeah, they need something to stand out, and I think that’s gonna work.
Having side characters still have the goal of saving Spider-Man is a clever way to tie it in, and I’m hyped to see how this could tie into the Great Marvel Universe.