The world premiere of Madame Web unfolded with much anticipation, accompanied by glamorous appearances from stars Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney on the red carpet. However, the initial reactions from viewers paint a less-than-favourable picture for Sony Pictures’ latest Marvel venture.
Despite hopes that Madame Web would exceed expectations, fueled by its stellar cast, superhero aesthetics, and an experienced comic book director at the helm, early impressions suggest otherwise. Sony’s decision to release just one trailer for the film backfired, quickly becoming a source of memes rather than generating excitement among comic book enthusiasts.
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As early verdicts trickle in, they overwhelmingly lean towards the negative spectrum. While this initial wave of feedback represents just the beginning, the prevailing sentiment doesn’t bode well for the movie’s prospects. Only a single semi-positive reaction could be found amidst the sea of negativity.
I was not, unfortunately, successfully entertained. #MadameWeb is a series of misses and wasted opportunities and not just for obvious reasons… https://t.co/EHXNdtYrbe
— Darth Ro (@BookBlerd) February 13, 2024
#MadameWeb is yet another disappointing entry in the Sony Universe. Dakota Johnson is a stand-out, but unfortunately that’s not the case for the rest of the cast. Not as bad as I expected it to be, but it sadly falls short of what could have been a decent movie. 2/5 pic.twitter.com/WdnIXtalBQ
— COCO (@cocognz) February 13, 2024
There are some huge missteps with #MadameWeb from a story/comic perspective. As someone who has every variant cover of THE OTHER and SPIDER-VERSE, Ezekiel over Morlun is a huge L and continues the issue I have with much of Sony’s Spider-Man adjacent films. But compared to Morbius pic.twitter.com/JyMN0bNEHM
— K.E.V.I.N. Fenix (@FenixDy) February 13, 2024
#MadameWeb is a clunky, poorly-written, messy, and sloppy movie packed with some mediocre editing and performances.
Even though it had solid cinematography and an interesting concept, it couldn’t be saved due to its terrible execution.
Full review dropping at 9am. 🕸️ pic.twitter.com/i2mGhchJzI
— The Hollywood Handle (@HollywoodHandle) February 13, 2024
While I was disappointed, see the movie for yourself and form your own opinion🙏🏻 to you some of the good may outweigh the bad🤷🏻♂️
Things I like:
-Dakota Johnson’s humor
-the early 2000’s aesthetic (spider girls sing/dance to Britney Spears ‘Toxic’ & it slayed)
-Adam Scott pic.twitter.com/gEapKW57uu
— Cris Parker (@3CFilmss) February 13, 2024
#MadameWeb is totally fine. There’s really not a lot to say here. The leads are charming. Dakota Johnson is a witchy weirdo. The slasher/FINAL DESTINATION meets superheroes vibes are there. But there’s just not a whole lot to it. Not a disaster. Just kinda there. pic.twitter.com/HVf1jsUBnO
— James Preston Poole (@JamesPPoole) February 13, 2024
In Madame Web, a departure from the typical Marvel genre unfolds as the film explores the standalone origin story of one of Marvel Publishing’s enigmatic heroines. Dakota Johnson leads the cast as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan grappling with potentially clairvoyant abilities. As revelations about her past surface, she forms a bond with three young women destined for powerful futures, provided they can navigate the dangers of the present.
Directed by SJ Clarkson, the suspense-driven thriller promises to unravel layers of mystery and intrigue, with a screenplay co-written by Clarkson and Claire Parker. Notably, Morbius scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are also expected to have contributed to the script’s development, although specifics remain unclear.
Joining Johnson and Sweeney is an ensemble cast featuring Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts, and Adam Scott, adding further depth and talent to the project.
Despite the rocky start with early reactions, fans eagerly anticipate Madame Web’s theatrical release on February 14.
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