Sony’s attempts to build their universe around Spider-Man’s supporting characters have been… hit and miss, so far. Despite the (partly meme-driven) success of “Venom” and its sequel, “Let There Be Carnage,” “Morbius,” starring Jared Leto, didn’t fare as well. In fact, the misconception that memes mocking of “Morbius” somehow conveys the real interest of the public for watching it only led to even more embarrassment. As we all know, the only thing “Morbius” accomplished was to land on the shortlist of movies that somehow managed to underperform twice in theaters.
Undaunted, the studio is nevertheless moving forward after the resounding success of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and has set its sights on “Kraven the Hunter” and “Madame Web”. The latter film is directed by SJ Clarkson and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (with Kerem Sanga credited for a previous project) and also stars Dakota Johnson (“Cha Cha Real Smooth”), Sidney Sweeney (“Euphoria”), Isabela Merced (“Dora and the Lost City of Gold”, “Transformers: The Last Knight”), Celeste O’Connor (“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”) and Tahar Rahim (“The Serpent”). The rather obscure comic book character Madame Web has previously been described as “essentially Sony’s version of Doctor Strange” due to her psychic power set…but also keep in mind that the character has traditionally been portrayed as an elderly woman who never fights anyone herself. So there is this.
“Madame Web” has yet to receive a release date at this early stage in the film’s production.