Adam Scott Joins Dakota Johnson in “Spider-Man” Spinoff “Madame Web”

Madame Web ensnares another star.

Deadline reports that Adam Scott has joined Dakota Johnson in the upcoming Spider-Man spinoff for Sony, with director S.J. Clarkson helming the feature. Scott, fresh off earning an Emmy nomination for his starring role in Dan Erickson’s excellent sci-fi series Severance for AppleTV+, joins a cast that also includes Emma Roberts, Celese O’Connor, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, and Sydney Sweeney.

Madame Web will star Johnson as the titular superhero, a clairvoyant mutant whose ability to predict the future has shaped the lives of Spider-based superheroes including multiple versions of Spider-Woman and Peter Parker’s alter ego. Madame Web will add to Sony’s growing Spider-verse, which includes the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man trilogy, the two Tom Hardy Venom films, and Jared Leto’s Morbius. 

One of the interesting things about the Madame Web character and Johnson’s casting is that in the comics, she’s usually an old woman, both blind and paralyzed, who functions using a web-like machine to stay alive and is more a facilitator of other people’s heroics than a superhero herself. It seems likely that Johnson’s version of the character will differ significantly, but plot specifics from Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless’s script are being kept stitched up for now. Deadline reports that because of Madame Web’s sensory powers, “she is essentially Sony’s version of Doctor Strange.”

Madame Web isn’t Sony’s only superhero film in production—Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is in the works. Considering the colossal success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which became the highest-grossing film in Sony history with a $1.9 billion haul, you can be sure they’re going to be building out their superhero world well into the future.

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Featured image: L-r: AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 18: Dakota Johnson attends the premiere of “Cha Cha Real Smooth” during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals at The Paramount Theatre on March 18, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for SXSW). Adam Scott in “Severance,” now streaming on Apple TV+.


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