It seems the Spider-man news will not stop as it was reported before the new Sony/Marvel deal came out that Sony is said to be plotting a new movie project around the character of Madame Web.
Collider is reporting that the studio has enlisted Morbius writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to draft a Madame Web film set in this growing live-action Spider-Verse.
This may be an unusual choice of character to base a new Spider-verse movie around, Madame Webb, aka Cassandra Webb, is – in the comic books at least – depicted as an elderly clairvoyant, a pre-cognative mutant who is connected to a life support system resembling a large spider’s web.
Created by writer Denny O’Neil and artist John Romita Jr., Madame Web first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #210, which was published by Marvel Comics in November 1980. Known as Cassandra Webb, she is usually depicted as an elderly blind woman suffering from a chronic neuromuscular disease that makes it difficult to move and breathe, and as such, she’s connected to a life support system that looks like a spider web. The clairvoyant character has precognitive abilities and once helped Spider-Man find a kidnap victim.
In later storylines, Cassandra Web passed her powers on to Julia Carpenter, aka Spider-Woman, who became the second Madame Web, so it could be that this character may be the focus of the movie.
Besides appearing in Marvel comics, Madame Web has also appeared in the Spider-Man animated series, as well as multiple Spider-Man video games.
In the Spider-Man animated series, Madame Web was actually voiced by Joan Lee, the wife of the late Marvel co-founder Stan Lee.
It still has to be confirmed who will produce the Madame Web movie, but Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are likely candidates, seeing as they served as producers on Venom and Morbius. Sony executive Palak Patel will oversee the project on behalf of the studio, which declined to comment on Thursday.
As for the rest of the Spider-Verse, the upcoming slate has already been confirmed to feature Morbius, with Daniel Espinosa (Life) directing and Jared Leto (Blade Runner 2049) starring, and Venom 2, with Andy Serkis (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) directing and Tom Hardy (Venom) returning to star.
Sequels to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with Joaquim Dos Santos directing and David Callaham writing the script, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, with Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers writing the script, are also in the works as is a female-centered animated Spider-Verse spinoff, with Lauren Montgomery expected to direct and Bek Smith writing the screenplay. Films involving Kraven the Hunter, Black Cat and Silver Sable are also rumored to be in various stages of development.
Sazama and Sharpless wrote the upcoming Sony movie Morbius, which stars Jared Leto as the titular vampire and is based on the Marvel comic by Gil Kane and Roy Thomas. Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson and Jared Harris co-star in the film, which Sony will release on July 31, 2020. The duo’s earlier writing credits include Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter and Gods of Egypt, and they also received story credit on the most recent Power Rangers movie. They’re also the driving creative forces behind Netflix’s reboot of Lost in Space.