The first set video to show Dakota Johnson filming Madame Web appears to confirm the actress is not playing the Marvel character fans had suspected.
The most well-known version of Madame Web in Marvel’s comic continuity is the elderly Cassandra Webb, a blind clairvoyant with myasthenia gravis, who was permanently connected to a vast life-support machine. However, this may not be the character Dakota Johnson is playing.
In a new Madame Web set video, Dakota Johnson can be seen in a costume that appears to confirm she is in fact playing another Marvel character who took on the Madame Web moniker.
Is Dakota Johnson Playing Julia Carpenter?
The set video shows Dakota Johnson donning a red jacket, similar to the one worn by Julia Carpenter during her time as Marvel’s second Madame Web, perhaps suggesting this is the version of the character she is playing.
Julia Carpenter was originally the hero known as Spider-Woman (one of them, anyway) in Marvel’s comics, before a dying Madame Web passed her abilities onto her. This rendered Julia blind but also gave her Madame Web’s precognitive abilities.
If Dakota Johnson is playing Julia Carpenter in Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff movie, it is not yet clear if this means she will encounter Cassandra Webb or gain her powers another way.
Check out the set video below:
It is possible Madame Web is simply Cassandra Webb’s origin story, with Dakota Johnson playing a younger version of the character, her costume her simply serving as a nod to Julia Carpenter. However, the younger and more physically active Julia does seem to be a more likely protagonist for Madame Web.
Rumors have suggested that Madame Web will in fact be a team-up movie, featuring multiple female spider-powered heroes. Julia Carpenter has joined forces with other spider-heroes in the comics and would probably be more suited to such a task than Cassandra Webb.
Here is the synopsis for Sony’s latest Spider-Man spinoff, Morbius:
One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed and transforms this healer into a hunter.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa from a script written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the film stars Jared Leto as the lead anti-hero, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, and Tyrese Gibson. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the project with Lucas Foster, while Palak Patel will oversee for Sony.
Morbius is now available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Meanwhile, Madame Web is set to be released on October 6th of 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Sony’s various Spider-Man spinoff films and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.