Per Collider, Sony has tapped Morbius writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to pen a Madame Web movie set in the Spider-Man universe.
For those not familiar with the character, Madame Web was first created by writer Denny O’Neil and artist John Romita Jr. in issue #210 of The Amazing Spider-Man, first published in November 1980. Her real name is Cassandra Webb, and she’s usually depicted as an elderly blind woman suffering from a chronic neuromuscular disease that makes it difficult to move and breathe.
Thus she’s connected to a life support system that looks like a spider web. With clairvoyance and precognitive abilities, she once helped Spider-Man find a kidnap victim. She’s also appeared in the Spider-Man animated series and Spider-Man video games too. She’s been compared to Oracle in The Matrix and holds the key to a shared multiverse.
This announcement might be a clue as to where Sony is thinking of taking the Spider-Man character next. Of course, after a spat with Disney, the webslinger is no longer a part of the MCU and Sony will move forward with their own separate story.
It’s unclear right now who will produce the movie, but Venom producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach seem like the most likely candidates. Sony is likely building towards a Spider-Man/Venom/Madame Web crossover considering recent blockbuster trends. So like Kevin Feige at Marvel, it would make sense to have the same producers overseeing each individual film.
Sazama and Sharpless have written the upcoming Morbius movie which stars Jared Leto at the titular vampire. That will hit cinemas July 31, 2020. They previously penned Dracula Untold and Gods Of Egypt, and are also the driving forces behind Netflix’s Lost In Space reboot.
No director is yet in place. One hopes Sony considers a female director for the gig. Either way, Spider-Man’s separation from the MCU and the subsequent projects Sony is building around the character is quickly becoming rather intriguing. Venom 2 is already set for an October 2020 release.