Madame Web Reshoots Reportedly Removed Major Spider-Man Connections

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According to insider Jeff Sneider on The Hot Mic (via X), Sony initially wanted Garfield to be the main Spider-Man in its Spider-Man Universe, beginning with Madame Web. However, those plans were later scrapped and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was chosen as the movie’s Wall-Crawler. Sneider continued that all mentions of either Spider-Man were then removed during reshoots after Sony realized that the timelines didn’t add up for either version to appear. Madame Web was apparently going to be set in the 1990s/early 2000s until reshoots removed any reference to the movie taking place in a particular year.

Madame Web follows Cassandra Webb, played by Dakota Johnson, “a New York City paramedic who starts to show signs of clairvoyance. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she must protect three young women from a mysterious adversary who wants them dead,” reads the official synopsis. Joining Johnson in the upcoming Marvel movie are Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor in the respective roles of Julia Carpenter, Anya Corazon and Mattie Franklin. Tahar Rahim also stars as the main antagonist, Ezekiel Sims.

The runtime for Madame Web, the fourth installment in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, was recently reported to be 1 hour and 56 minutes (or 116 mins). While not as long as recent Marvel Cinematic Universe movies — which are often between 120 and 150 minutes — Madame Web will break the record for the longest installment yet in the SSU. The record was previously held by 2018’s Venom (112 mins), followed by 2022’s Morbius (104 mins) and 2021’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage (97 mins).

Following Madame Web, Sony will release two more Marvel movies in 2024. Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor Johnson, hits theaters in August after being delayed last year due to the actors’ strike, while Venom 3, the third and possibly final installment in the Tom Hardy-led series, arrives in November. The last installment in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animated Spider-Verse trilogy, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, was also set to release this year until it was removed from the release calendar in July 2023. Sony is also expected to go into production this year on two live-action SSU series — Silk: Spider Society and Spider-Man Noir — which will be released exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming platform.

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