Dakota Johnson Tapped for ‘Madame Web’, First Female Superhero for Sony’s Marvel Universe

Spiderman: No Way Home was a massive success for Sony Pictures and so it comes as no surprise that they would want to expand their slate of Marvel Universe characters. Deadline revealed sources say that Dakota Johnson is in talks to star in Madame Web movie. Johnson has been in movies such as The Social Experiment and was the lead female in the Fifty Shades movies. Recently, she has been in the Netflix film The Lost Daughter.

From the comics where the movie is to be adapted, Madame Web is depicted as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis and thus was connected to life support. The life support system had the appearance of a spider web. Given her age and medical condition, Madame Web never actively fought villains. For that reason, Sony might decide to take the story in another direction.

The buzz around this is that for the first time, Sony will make a female superhero movie from the Marvel Universe. This has been a top priority for the studio given the number of strong female characters that have appeared in the comics throughout the years. Sony executives have been on a hunt for an A-Lister to portray the titular role. The list has thinned out leaving Johnson as the front runner.

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Sony has seen a series of wins with their film Venom: Let there be carnage, a sequel to Venom making more than $500 million worldwide while Spiderman: No Way Home grossed $1.7 billion worldwide become the biggest film of 2021.

S.J Clarkson is attached to direct with the screenplay being penned by Matt Sazama and Burke Sharpless. Clarkson was the lead director and executive producer for Marvel’s The Defenders and Jessica Jones. She has directed an episode of HBO’s Succession and is currently directing and executive producing the adaptation of the bestselling novel Anatomy of a Scandal.