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The good news is that Madame Web is not the worst Spider-Man spinoff (that would be Morbius). It’s not even the worst action movie I’ve seen this month (that’d be
Argylle). And it’s far from the worst superhero movie of last year (The Flash sucked). However, Madame Web
is still far from good.

What’s Madame Web About?

Dakota Johnson stars as socially awkward paramedic Cassandra Webb, who develops the power of premonition after a brush with death. When she sees a vision of a man murdering three girls on a train, she steps in to save them.

Too Many Characters, Not Enough Focus

Like other female-led superhero movies, Madame Web tries to juggle multiple superpowered characters at once. But unlike Birds of Prey, which succeeded with its kinetic energy and distinctive characters, Madame Web fails to give its characters enough development or screen time.

Aimless and Confusing Plot

The movie meanders from one location to another, with flashbacks, future visions, and exposition dumps about peptides thrown in for good measure. It’s hard to follow and even harder to care about.

Bad Action Scenes

The action scenes in Madame Web
are lackluster and uninspired. There’s no adrenaline rush, and much of the fighting is brief and underwhelming.

Dakota Johnson Shines, But She’s Not Enough

Dakota Johnson is the best thing about Madame Web. She brings her signature wit and energy to the role of Cassie, but even she can’t save the movie from its many flaws.


Madame Web is a disappointing superhero movie that fails to live up to its potential. It’s burdened by too many characters, a confusing plot, and bad action scenes. Dakota Johnson is the best thing about the movie, but she’s not enough to save it./p>