- Fifty Shades of Grey sensation, Dakota Johnson to be the face of “Madame Web”, Spider-Man’s spin-off.
- Two “Venom” movies and one “Morbius” from the Spider-Verse are due for release.
- “Spider-Man: No Way Home” released in 2021 has hit over $1.7 billion in sales.
Following the massive success of “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, Sony’s burgeoning self-contained cinematic universe is all set for expansion with Dakota Jonson-led Madame Web movie. The 32-year old American actress, producer and model is best known for her role in the erotic romantic drama film, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Dakota made her debut in a dark comedy film titled “Crazy in Alabama” when she was ten.
She is now in talks with Sony to play the character of “Madame Web” in the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off. S.J Clarkson is on board to direct the feature. She is well known for The Defenders (2017), Life on Mars (2006) and Jessica Jones (2015). The screenplay will be penned by Blurk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, well known Dracula Untold (2014), The Last Witch Hunter (2015) and Gods of Egypt (2016). The film will revolve around her character who had earlier appeared in the 1980 comic “The Amazing Spiderman”.
The so-called Spider-Verse already has two “Venom” movies and one “Morbius” movie which is yet to release. Madame Web, in the Marvel universe, is an old, blind, female mutant with a genius-level intellect, clairvoyance and precognition. She suffers from myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease because of which she was connected to a life-support system that resembled a spider web.
She never actually fought any villains but owing to her psychic sensory powers, insiders comment that she is basically Sony’s version of Dr Strange. She has also served as the alter ego of Peter Parker and to generations of people claiming to be spider-woman.
Given the strong list of female characters that appear in Sony’s Marvel universe, getting a female-driven property has always been a top priority for Studio Brass. Sony’s “Venom: Let There be Carnage” is making over a whopping $500 million worldwide while “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is the biggest film of 2021 with over $1.7 billion in sales.
Dakota became a massive sensation ahead of her role in the “Fifty Shades of Grey”. She then went on to star in some top indie films. She started the year with a bang starring in Netflix’s “The Lost Daughter” and has been the talk of the town for her performance in the Sundance film “Cha Cha Real Smooth”. The film “Cha Cha Real Smooth” premiered at the festival and was sold to Apple for $15 million. Dakota is expected to be seen in “Persuasion” next.