The first superhero movie of the year is just around the corner. And no, it won’t be from Marvel or DC. ‘Madame Web’ is a film by Sony Pictures that will be released in theaters on February 16, 2024 and will introduce the character of Cassandra Webb, a recurring secondary character from the Spider-Man comics. The young mutant will be played by Dakota Johnson, who we’ve been lucky enough to talk with these days about the project… and the future.
Meristation: How did you come across this project? Was it presented as a part of the Spider-Man universe, as an action film, as a superhero…? How did they sell it to you and what was it about the story that made you interested in it?
Dakota Johnson: “They sent me the script for what I read and I thought it was very clever, realistic and different. But it’s not part of the Spider-Man universe, but a new world within Marvel from Madame Web’s perspective.
Meristation: Everyone says that filming a superhero movie is very different from other movies because of the special effects, importance of post-production, monitoring, and fan pressure… have you felt that way? What has been your experience?
Dakota Johnson: “I had a great time. I think the movie isn’t as flashy as it is because of its special effects, but the sets were quite practical and made it feel real, so it’s been great so far.”
Meristation: Did you do any prior research for the role? Have you read any specific comics or seen any movies or references provided by the team?
Dakotah Johnson: “Yeah, of course, I read everything I could about comics.
Meristation: Would you like to come back for the sequel? Will you do ‘Madame Web 2’ or is it a once in a lifetime experience?
Dakota Johnson: “I would go back if they asked me….”