Dakota Johnson’s ‘Madame Web’ Adds Isabela Merced To Its Cast

Isabela Merced joins Sony's upcoming Marvel movie!

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Isabela Merced, whose previous credits include Transformers: The Last Knight and Dora and the Lost City of Gold, is joining Dakota Johnson in Sony’s upcoming Marvel movie, Madame Web.

Madame Web will follow the likes of Venom, Morbius and next year’s Kraven the Hunter as one of Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man spinoffs, focusing on secondary characters from the wall-crawler’s corner of the Marvel Universe. Dakota Johnson will play Madame Web in the film, which is the first of Sony’s Spidey spinoffs to feature a female protagonist. Sydney Sweeney and Celeste O’Connor have also joined the cast. S.J. Clarkson, who has previously directed episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones and The Defenders is set to direct Madame Web.

Sony’s Tangled Web

Sony Pictures officially hold the film rights to Spider-Man and associated Marvel characters, but have in recent years worked alongside Marvel Studios in order to bring Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This has meant that big MCU crossover films, such as Captain America: Civil War and the most recent Avengers movies, have been able to feature Spider-Man while the character’s standalone movies have been able to incorporate other Marvel characters and elements of the MCU.

While Spidey himself is now tied up in MCU appearances, Sony are continuing to pursue their own Spider-Man-adjacent movies with spinoffs such as Venom and Morbius, with mixed success. Madame Web is particularly noteworthy, as the character was depicted as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis in the comics and was permanently connected to a life-support system. She served as more of a mystic mentor to Spider-Man, rather than a hero in her own right. Some fans are speculating the film will serve as an origin story, exploring Madame Web in her youth, while insiders claim the character will be treated as Sony’s equivalent to Doctor Strange.

As of yet, it is unknown whom Isabela Merced will be playing in the film. She has recently appeared in the Netflix original film Sweet Girl and will next appear in Warner Bros.’ remake of Father of the Bride.

Here is the synopsis for Sony’s latest Marvel film, 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 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 all home media formats. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming Madame Web film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Deadline