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Madame Web's Record-Breaking Runtime Reportedly Surfaces

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According to the Norwegian ticketing company website FilmWeb (via The Direct), Madame Web will have a runtime of 1 hour and 56 minutes (or 116 mins). If true, that would make Madame Web the longest installment yet in Sony's Spider-Man Universe, a record that was previously held by 2018's Venom (112 mins). The other two SSU entries, Morbius (2022) and Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021), clock in at 104 minutes and 97 minutes, respectively.

Who is Madame Web?

Created by writer Denny O'Neil and artist John Romita Jr., the original Madame Web first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #210 in 1980. The alias of Cassandra Webb, Madame Web is a clairvoyant and precognitive mutant who became a prominent supporting player in Marvel's Spider-Man mythos. The mantle of Madame Web was later taken up by Julia Carpenter in 2010's Amazing Spider-Man #637 following the death of Cassandra Webb.

In Sony's upcoming live-action adaptation, Cassandra Webb will be played by Dakota Johnson while Sydney Sweeney will portray Julia Carpenter, who will operate under her Spider-Woman alias. Other characters that are confirmed to appear in Madame Web include Anya Corazon/Araña (Isabela Merced), Mattie Franklin/Spider-Woman (Celeste O'Connor) and Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim). The movie's ensemble cast also features Emma Roberts, Adam Scott, Zosia Mamet, and Mike Epps. While it currently remains unknown who they are playing, there have been rumors suggesting that Roberts and Scott will be playing Peter Parker's mother Mary Parker and Uncle Ben Parker, respectively.

What's Next for the SSU?

Madame Web will be the fourth entry in the SSU, a shared universe of live-action Marvel films and television series centered around Spider-Man's enemies and other supporting characters. Venom was the first installment in the franchise, followed by Venom: Let There Be Carnageand Morbius. Sony will release two more SSU movies in 2024 after Madame Web; Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor Johnson, hits theaters in August, followed by Venom 3 in November. Two live-action series — Silk: Spider Society and Spider-Man Noir — are also in development for Amazon's Prime Video streaming platform. Sony also has the third and final installment in Lord and Miller's animated Spider-Verse trilogy in development, although that is not officially tied to the SSU.

S.J. Clarkson co-wrote and directed Madame Web, marking her feature-length directorial debut after over two decades of working in television. She previously helmed multiple episodes of Netflix’s Jessica Jones and The Defenders. Madame Web opens in theaters on Feb. 14, 2024.

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