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Sydney Sweeney as Spider-Woman in 'Madame Web'
Sydney Sweeney plays Julia Carpenter, a.k.a. Spider-Woman, in 'Madame Web'
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1. Sydney Sweeney's Spider-Woman revealed in 'Madame Web' trailer

Sydney Sweeney is swinging into the Marvel universe — or at least a Marvel universe. Sony has dropped the first trailer for "Madame Web," the studio's latest Spider-Man-adjacent film. Dakota Johnson stars as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic who develops clairvoyant abilities and "forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures," per the synopsis. One of these women is Sweeney's Julia Carpenter, who becomes Spider-Woman in the comics, and the footage features a shot of her in a black suit. Celeste O'Connor also appears to be playing another version of Spider-Woman, while Isabela Merced is playing Spider-Girl. This is all part of Sony's effort to build out a cinematic universe of movies based on Spider-Man characters but that don't actually star Spider-Man, including "Venom" and the upcoming "Kraven the Hunter." Despite featuring Marvel characters, these films are largely separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Needless to say, though, the "Madame Web" trailer fails to mention that it's from the studio that brought you "Morbius." Sony

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan worked as a culture writer at The Week from 2018 to 2023, covering the entertainment industry, including film reviews, television recaps, awards season, the box office, major movie franchises and Hollywood gossip. He has written about film and television for outlets including Bloody Disgusting, Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Heavy and The Celebrity Cafe.