Earlier last week, it was reported that Dakota Johnson was in talks to play Madame Web in Sony’s new Spider-Man spinoff. Johnson herself confirmed the news on Sunday.
The actress posted a spider web emoji to her Instagram stories, the easiest way to confirm the casting news. The snap was captured by a friendly fan account on Twitter.
OMG! Dakota just confirmed she is playing Madame Web 🕸 #DakotaJohnson
📸 dakotajohnson IG Stories pic.twitter.com/UTh7rmymfJ
— Dakota Johnson Updates (@dakotaj_updates) February 5, 2022
The Marvel character Cassandra Webb, an elderly blind woman with psychic powers, was introduced in the Amazing Spider-Man comics when she discovered Spider-Man’s identity. She also served as a mentor to several spider women.
While some are excited about the news, negative reactions on Twitter have seen frustration with the casting of a blind actor.
Madame Web is reportedly written by the writers of another Spider-Man spinoff, Morbius.
Hell naw, disabled actresses exist!
Madame Web is a canonically blind character with myasthenia gravis, disabled mimicry is so annoying. https://t.co/rpebxasvzP
— André J. Daughtry, the J stands for… (@Tripping_Crutch) February 3, 2022
Morbius starring Jared Leto is due out on April 1st. Leto’s character, Michael Morbius, is a scientist who tries to cure his rare blood disease using bat DNA and becomes a vampire in the process.
The latest Spider-Man movie, No Way Home, was released on December 17th.
Sony declined to comment on Johnson’s reported casting.
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