New “Madame Web” Teaser Introduces Villain Ezekiel Sims
In Sony Pictures’ upcoming Madame Web, Dakota Johnson stars Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan with some unusual abilities and a deep connection to others like her. Like Cassandra in Greek myth, Cassandra Webb is blessed (or cursed, as the original myth makes clear) with clairvoyance, and these abilities, combined with her complicated past, thrust her into a dangerous game.
The film is directed by the talented S.J. Clarkson (The Defenders, Jessica Jones) and will give us Madame Web’s origin story, which includes the realization that her abilities are directly connected to all the Spider-based superheroes operating in the world. Any good superheroine needs a proper nemesis, and Cassandra finds one worthy of her abilities in Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim), who is centered in a new teaser that gives us a bit of his backstory.
“Ezekiel Sims is a fascinating villain,” Rahim says at the top of the new look. “He seeks out a secret tribe in Peru who possess inhuman strength and health.” The source of the tribe’s abilities stems, as many Spider-Man-connected stories often do, from a very special spider. The powers the spider bestows upon Ezekiel are much like Cassandra’s—he can now see into the future—but that ability allows him to see his own death. This is one of the many side effects of clairvoyance and why it is often depicted as a burden.
Ezekiel becomes obsessed with finding his killers before they can do their work, and that’s what leads him directly to Cassandra and her new friends (Sydney Sweeney’s Julia Carpenter, Celeste O’Connor’s Mattie Franklin, and Isabel Merced’s Anya Corazon)—these four women are connected to Ezekiel in ways they will be forced to reckon with.
Check out the teaser below. Madame Web swings into theaters on February 14.
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Featured image: Ezekiel (Tahar Rahim) in Columbia Pictures’ MADAME WEB.