Dakota Johnson is apparently in talks to play Madame Web, in sony’s Spider-Man spin-off. The film, which is part of Sony’s increasing library of Marvel-based films, will be directed by S.J. Clarkson.
Madame Web, who first appeared in 1980s The Amazing Spider-Man No. 210, is a clairvoyant mutant who specialises in foretelling the future of Spider-themed superheroes, having mentored not only Peter Parker’s alter ego, but also numerous generations of Spider-People. She is traditionally represented as a blind, paralysed elderly woman who is surrounded by a web-like contraption that keeps her alive, implying that she avoids direct battle and instead dispatches others on missions.
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, writers of the upcoming Morbius, have penned the script.
Madame Web is one of a handful of Marvel-based films in development, as Sony expands their Universe of Characters. Sony, which owns the film rights to Spider-Man and his associated characters, has already released Venom (2018) and Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2020), as well as the Jared Leto-led Morbius, which is set to be released in April. Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is also in the works.
The studio is currently riding high following the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has grossed $1.74 billion globally, the highest in Sony’s history.
Listen to our review of Spider-Man: No way home here.
Morbius, a Spider-Man spin-off, has been postponed for the sixth time.
Morbius will now open on Friday, April 1 instead of the previously scheduled Friday, January 28. The film’s star Jared Leto announced the news on Twitter.
The official reason given for Sony’s decision to postpone Morbius is due to a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variation.
However, there is speculation that the film’s delay is down to the success of Spider-Man: No way home. No way home earned $1billion in just two weeks of its release. It’s still going strong now, selling out show after show. If this is the reason, I think it’s a wise move. Spider-Man: No way home is overperforming all box office projections. Morbius is a film, with a character most people are unfamiliar with. Even if it did really well, it wouldn’t do ‘no way home’ numbers and would look like a flop comparatively.
Morbius was initially due to open in July 2020. But was delayed due to the original covid outbreak. It sees Leto’s titular character go up against his childhood friend Loxias Crown, AKA Hunger, played by Matt Smith.
The Venom franchise is a very strange beast and probably the oddest franchise in Sony’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-or whatever they’re calling it this week. The character was first seen in live-action, way back in 2007’s terrible Spider-man 3. Talks of a Venom spin-off followed the film, but nothing came of it until 2018.
The original Venom film was a letdown, a jumbled mess with an identity crisis. It wasn’t sure if it was a buddy-comedy or a body horror. It didn’t help matters that it was released in the same year as one of Hollywood’s most popular superhero movies, Avengers: Infinity War. Compared to that, Venom felt like a throwback to a superhero movie from 2003.
Venom: Let there be Carnage, however is heads and shoulders above the first film. The tone is set immediately and they stick with it. The crude humour is still present, but it somehow works this time around. At just 90 minutes, it’s a lean film that breezes by. Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Eddie Brock and the CGI Venom, gets the movie through some really tough spots.
Woody Harrelson, like Hardy, wholeheartedly embraces the film’s unique, frequently ridiculous tone and thoroughly enjoys his role as the antagonist. He’s practically chewing the scenery. The duo makes it easier to overlook some of the obvious storey gaps and jumpy editing because they work so well together.
Whilst I enjoyed the pace of the film, the shorter runtime does do a huge disservice to Anne Weying (Michelle Williams), Francis Barrison (Naomie Harris), Stephen Graham and Patrick Mulligan, the films secondary characters. Fans of the comics may feel a bit letdown, by how little they feature. They all have intriguing potential roles, but they don’t get much in the way of development beyond a few rushed plot beats and end up being the story’s weakest link.
When the two alien symbiotes ultimately battle it out in the third act, it’s a satisfying conclusion. The CGI is noticeably better than in the first film, probably due to director Andy Serkis’ previous experience. The action is simple to follow and looks fantastic. There’s even a great cameo by Reece Shearsmith, which leads to the funniest line in the film.
While the film passes the fundamental prerequisites for a comic-book movie, enjoyment. It is the post-credit scene that elevates the film and the character of Venom to new heights. It not only broadens the realm of where he and Eddie Brock may appear next, but it also elevates the potential sequel to new heights.
Venom: Let there be carnage, is available to rent from all VOD services in the UK.
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming Marvel film Morbius.
Jared Leto stars as ‘The Living Vampire’ in the film. I was really impressed by this trailer.
The trailer offers some surprises along and also confirms that a Spider-Man, exists in this universe…
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 soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease.
Venom is a bold project for Sony, they’re attempting to launch a Spider-Man universe, without Spider-Man. They want this universe to stand alone, but they don’t want to rule out the chance of a future crossover.
Whilst it’s never stated this is in the MCU (Marvel cinematic universe) they don’t say anything to contradict that it isn’t. Instead of New York, the action takes place in San Francisco.
Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist. Eddie lives with his fiancé Anne (Michelle Williams), a successful lawyer, working for a firm that represents the controversial billionaire Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed).
One night, Eddie makes a bad decision and ends up losing his job, his relationship and his apartment.
Cut to six months later. Eddie has given up on himself — but when Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate), a scientist who works for Drake, tells Eddie that Drake is sacrificing homeless people in mad experiments, Eddie decides to leap back into action to expose him. Whilst exploring the lab, Eddie gets bonded with an alien, that calls itself Venom.
All of a sudden we’re in a slapstick/buddy comedy. Invoking the obligatory talking alien mechanical baritone, Venom at first barks out primal commands such as “HUNGRY!” and “FOOD!”, but soon he’s commenting on Eddie’s romantic life and opening up about how he was considered a “loser” on his home planet.
The movie is a strange beast, it never truly settles on an identity. It’s unevenly dumb, part superhero movie, part horror/comedy and it doesn’t really do either well. It is funny? Yes, at times. I’ll admit I laughed. But, not always at the times the film wanted me to.
According to Hardy his favourite bits of the film, are the 40 minutes that ended up on the cutting room floor. He’s also said in interviews, that he mostly improvised his scenes. Which could explain some of the choppy editing, or inconsistencies in characters motivations.
The film wants us to want Eddie and Anne back together, but they’ve put her in a relationship with Dr. Dan, probably the nicest/most understanding man in the universe. Venom feels like it fell through a time vortex, this is like a pre-MCU superhero movie. Something akin to 2003’s Daredevil.
The special effects are underwhelming. The CGI is terrible and the fight scenes are predictable and murky at best. The villains — human and extraterrestrial — are forgettable. And neither the ordinary guy nor his alter ego is particularly compelling to watch.
This film cerments Tom Hardy, as the British Nicholas Cage.
It’s no secret that Sony have long wanted to launch a “Spidey-verse”, and despite striking a deal with Marvel Studios for the use of Spider-Man in the MCU, with films such as; the Avengers and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequels. They’re planning to put their Spidey rights to good use; with or without the webcrawler and, without Marvel studios.
Next year sees the release of an animated Spider-Man movie, focusing on Miles Moraels, and last month, sony announced Venom and Silver & Black, the latter featuring the characters of Silver Sable and Black Cat.
As Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is cermented firmly in the MCU, there had been some speculation, as to where these films would take place.
Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige told AlloCine:
“For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony project.”
Many had assumed Venom would take place in a sepereate universe, but Keige’s answer does throw up other questions, such as; How will Venom’s origin be told without Spider-Man? If Tom Holland’s Spider-Man isn’t involved, will Sony cast a different Spider-Man? Are they building to a Spidey-Verse that features Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield?
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