Sony’s Newest Spider-Man Movie Proves A Controversial Spider-Verse Villain Right

Warning! This article contains spoilers for Madame Web
  • Madame Web highlights the importance of tragedy in Spider-Man's journey, suggesting that certain events are necessary for his development.
  • Cassie's detached humor about future tragedies supports that she's accepted the idea of "canon events" in the lives of every Spider-Man.
  • Madame Web and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse imply that tragic events, such as the death of father figures, are crucial for Spider-Man's growth and that he wouldn't reach his potential without them.
Sony's latest Marvel movie, Madame Web, seems to indirectly support the controversial views of a Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse antagonist, Spider-Man 2099. Taking place back in the early 2000s, Madame Web understandably lacks any tangible connections to Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage,Morbius, or any other superhero movies. However, the very concept of Cassie Webb existing with the powers that she has and the relationships she's shown to be a part of have tragic implications for the future of Sony's Spider-Man Universe if she ends up crossing over into other projects.
Madame Web Seems To Understand The Importance Of Tragedy For Spider-Man Close There are a lot of strange lines of dialogue in Madame Web, but perhaps the most bizarre comes near the end of the movie. Mary Parker finally has her baby - Peter. The three will-be Spider-Women under Cassie's tutelage explain that Ben is excited to be an uncle because it comes with "all of the fun stuff; none of the responsibility." Cassie smirks and replies, "That's what he thinks." On the surface, it's meant as a quick joke about Cassie now effortlessly seeing the future. However, it's absolutely horrendous when thought about at any length.
Related 10 Moments That Almost Made Madame Web Work (& What Went Wrong With Them) Madame Web is being panned as a complete trainwreck, but in truth, Sony's Spider-Man spinoff proved it had some potential before wasting it. For reasons unknown, Cassie is making a joke about Ben's brother and his wife dying while Peter is young and Ben and May adopting him, ruining the "none of the responsibility" part of his statement. Given she can see that, she can also likely see that her close friend a co-worker, Ben, will tragically die to inspire Peter to be Spider-Man. The fact that she's smiling seems incredibly out of place, but it also seems to support the fact that she knows these things need to - and therefore will - happen. It's a sentiment not dissimilar from Miguel's "canon events."
Why Madame Web's Awkward Joke Supports The Idea Of Canon Events Close The only explanation that makes any sense as to why Cassie Web would find Ben's necessary adoption of his nephew funny is if she's been detached from the present and her current relationships and strictly sees time as a concurrent past, present, and future. Only then could she potentially see and accept Ben's (and Mary and Richard Parker's) deaths without a grieving period and focus on the incredibly good Peter will someday do for the world as Spider-Man. Madame Web proves that Cassie can change the future, so if she was going to do so, she wouldn't make her comment.
Related Madame Web Review: Sony's New Spider-Man Universe Movie Is A Horrible, Cheap Imitation With an awful script and not a single ounce of charm among the star-studded cast, Madame Web feels like little more than a Spider-Man movie knockoff. Again, the only explanation for not saving Ben, Mary, and Richard, the first of whom is a close friend and the second of whom is at least an acquaintance, is that Cassie accepts that their deaths are necessary for Peter to reach his potential and, in turn, save far more lives than the three his journey costs. This is exactly the idea held by Across the Spider-Verse's Miguel O'Hara, who believes certain "canon events" must happen in the lives of every Spider-Man.
The necessary death of a father figure is a specific point of contention that Miles Morales plans to fight, but it seems Cassie agrees. Of course, nobody in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse can see the future, so there's no way to know for sure if Miguel is right. Cassie seems to offer confirmation that, at least to a degree, tragedy is an important part of Spider-Man's journey. The alternative is that she really finds the deaths of her friends amusing, which seems a big far-fetched even for the often-confusing Madame Web.
More information on canon events will be revealed in the upcoming Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, which currently does not have a release date.
> Madame Web PG-13
Director S.J. Clarkson Release Date February 14, 2024 Writers Burk Sharpless , Matt Sazama , Kerem Sanga Cast Dakota Johnson , Emma Roberts , Adam Scott , Isabela Merced , Sydney Sweeney Runtime 114 Minutes


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