With the upcoming release of ‘Madame Web’ on February 14, Dakota Johnson, who takes the lead as Cassandra Webb, recently shared her thoughts on the character in an interview with L’Officiel.
In the film, Johnson plays a paramedic who gains the ability to see the future after a life-changing accident. Revealing what made her join Marvel’s new project as the hero, she explained:
“I’m always open to anything. I don’t discriminate against movie genres when it comes to how I choose things or what I do. I heard that this was going to be made, and it was interesting to me that the main character’s superpower is her mind and that she is a woman. That is something that I can really get behind. That’s very real to me, and it’s really powerful and sexy.”
Power Of Female Heroes’ Minds
Initially unsure about diving into the superhero genre, the actress later found herself intrigued by Madame Web’s distinctive powers, ultimately embracing the role. The character’s telepathic abilities became a focus of discussion for Johnson as she detailed her views:
“Well, I think that the minds of women are incredibly powerful, so I think that it’s a more relatable superhero. It is more of a psychological thriller.”
Touching on her upcoming film’s plot, she added:
“This film is a really fabulous departure for Marvel because sometimes it’s amazing to have these other universes and galaxies doing unrealistic things in an unrealistic place. That can be escapism and really entertaining. Before Madame Web becomes Madame Web, she’s a paramedic and she is on the front lines; she is an everyday hero. So, I just thought it was different. And I had never done anything like that.”
The Physical Work Needed For Johnson’s Character
While Madame Web’s main focus is using her mind to fight villains and guide young heroes like Julia Cornwall (Sydney Sweeney), Mattie Franklin (Celeste O’Connor), and Anya Corazon (Isabela Merced), Johnson found herself doing many action scenes during the filming of the character’s origin story set in 2003.
In a January chat with Entertainment Weekly, the actress said of her stunts:
“I got to do a day of stunt driving work, and I’m really good at it, it seems! I mean, I can do some really wild things with a car. I drove an ambulance. I drove a taxicab. I drove everything in the movie — except for flying through the air and out of a building. But other than that, I’m like, ‘Watch out, Tom Cruise.’”
‘Madame Web’ will focus on Cassandra Webb and three other Spider-Women as they try to stop Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim), who attempts to stop them from becoming superheroes. Check out the trailer in the video below.