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Even the stars of 'Madame Web' can't get away from the Sony Marvel movie fast enough

Even the stars of 'Madame Web' can't get away from the Sony Marvel movie fast enough
  • The cast of "Madame Web" are already distancing themselves from the Sony Marvel movie.

  • Dakota Johnson previously said she doesn't "make sense in that world."

  • Now Sydney Sweeney is the second "Madame Web" star to react to the failure of the superhero film.

With Sony's "Madame Web" failing to ignite the box office, the actors from the Marvel movie are already distancing themselves from the Spider-Man adjacent project.

The film, released on Valentine's Day, follows Cassandra Web (Dakota Johnson) a paramedic who develops the ability to see into future and protects three young women from villain Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim) because they're destined to be superheroes.

Both Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney, who played Julia Cornwall, have reacted to the film's critical and commercial failure in an apparent attempt to put their brush with the superhero genre behind them.

Sweeney told the Los Angeles Times: "I was just hired as an actress in it, so I was just along for the ride for whatever was going to happen."

Sweeney's comments come soon after she poked fun at the film when hosting "Saturday Night Live," where she told audiences: "You might have seen me in 'Anyone but You' or 'Euphoria.' You definitely did not see me in 'Madame Web.'"

Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man and all of his related characters, but its movies are mostly separate from Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they don't drum up the same level of commercial success.

"Madame Web" earned itself a lowly 12% critic's rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences also spoke with their wallets, as it scraped in $96 million worldwide against a reported $100 million budget, per The Hollywood Reporter.

That pales in comparison to Marvel's highest-grossing movie, "Avengers: Endgame," which earned $2.799 billion.

Dakota Johnson said 'Madame Web' didn't turn out how she expected

When speaking to Bustle in early March, Johnson also distanced herself from the superhero genre.

"I had never done anything like it before. I probably will never do anything like it again because I don't make sense in that world. And I know that now," she said.

The star then suggested that the idea for "Madame Web" looked different when she originally signed onto the project.

"Sometimes in this industry, you sign on to something, and it's one thing and then as you're making it, it becomes a completely different thing, and you're like, 'Wait, what?'" Johnson added.

"But it was a real learning experience, and of course it's not nice to be a part of something that's ripped to shreds, but I can't say that I don't understand."

This isn't the first time a Sony Marvel movie has bombed spectacularly. The 2022 Jared Leto vampire vehicle, "Morbius," also failed to meet expectations. It only managed to earn $167 million against its $83 million budget.

Sony still has two superhero movies on its slate for 2024, "Kraven," starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and "Venom: The Last Dance," with Tom Hardy reprising his role as the black symbiote.

Hopefully, they're more successful than "Madame Web," and "Morbius," because Sony can't afford any more Marvel misfires.

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