“Why did that go viral? Somebody brought this up, and I have no idea what it’s about,” Johnson said in an interview with HuffPost UK. “But isn’t any sentence out of context…out of context? What a silly thing….’He was in the Amazon researching spiders with my mom before she died.’ That seems like a basic storyline to me, but maybe I’m just underneath it.”
Aside from the trailer dialogue becoming an unintended viral sensation, Webb’s line serves as a key plot point in the movie regarding the connection between her mother and the main supervillain Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim). The character was conducting research on spiders in the Amazon with Webb’s mother until her death and gains the abilities of clairvoyance and super strength through a powerful spider. Unlike his comic book counterpart, the big screen version of Sims dons a costume similar to the black Spider-Man outfit.
What is Madame Web about?
The official synopsis for Madame Web reads as follows: “In a switch from the typical genre, Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures . . . if they can all survive a deadly present.”
Directed by S.J. Clarkson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, and Claire Parker. Dakota Johnson headlines the movie alongside Sydney Sweeney as Julia Cornwall, Celeste O’Connor as Mattie Franklin, Isabela Merced as Anya Corazon, and Tahar Rahim as Ezekiel Sims.
Madame Web is scheduled to arrive in theaters on February 14.