Sony Pictures has finally set a July 2023 release date for Madame Web
Sony has set the Dakota Johnson-starring Marvel movie Madame Web for a prime summer release date of July 2023, just one month after Spider-Verse 2.
Created by Denny O’Neil and John Romita Jr. in The Amazing Spider-Man #210, Madame Web is often depicted as an elderly woman who is blind and paralyzed, hooked up to a life support system created by her husband. She also possesses the ability of clairvoyance and telepathy. Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson is set to star as the titular character, here reimagined as a younger incarnation, with Euphoria breakout Sydney Sweeney also starring in an undisclosed role.
Madame Web is part of the Sony Spider-Man Universe, which so far includes Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and the recently released Morbius. Not much is known about the project, although the character has been described as similar to Doctor Strange. With the multiverse playing a big part in Spider-Man: No Way Home and used for the end-credit sequence of Morbius, a character like Madame Web, who in the comics has a connection to the multiverse, makes her an important character in Sony’s plans to build out their franchise.
Sony Pictures has announced Madame Web is now scheduled for a July 7, 2023 release date. The film had previously been announced but undated on the studio’s release calendar. Madame Web is set to be directed by S.J. Clarkson (Dexter) from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Morbius).
Madame Web is one of three Spider-Man related films Sony has plans to release in 2023. The year kicks off with Kraven the Hunter starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson on January 13, 2023. The second is the recently delayed Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse; in the same announcement, Sony pushed the animated film from October 2022 to June 2, 2023, making it arrive a mere month before Madame Web. Sony has given the Johnson-led film the same exact release date that Spider-Man: Homecoming had in 2017. It went on to gross $880.2 million worldwide.
The movie will face stiff competition when it is released, as it will open the week after Indiana Jones 5 and the week before Mission: Impossible 7. July is a crowded month that also has the James Gunn produced Coyote vs. Acme and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.
Rounding out the month of July is Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which will certainly eat into the profits of Madame Web. Sony Pictures needs Madame Web to be a hit after the critical and financial disappointment of Morbius, and the decision to give the film a prime summer date suggests the studio is confident about its chances. As Sony’s first female-led Marvel movie, Madame Web has the potential to stir up a lot of intrigue between now and July 2023, so keep an eye on this one over the coming months.