Apparently, Disney's Marvel films have nothing on Sony's recent productions.
- Marvel has had problems with audience reception this year.
- Generally, Sony's contributions to the MCU have been more successful than Disney's.
- Sony is about to drop another marvel film.
- Fans speak favorably of the upcoming flick.
It's been ten days since The Marvels hit theaters and proved to be one of the biggest flops of the year. One of the four Marvel releases in 2023, the premiere has grossed around $161 million on a budget of $220 million. Of course, many people attribute this poor performance to audience fatigue with the franchise, but there's a major inconsistency in that theory.
Just like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantimania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Marvels are produced and distributed by Disney, which owns the studio in question. The branch of the company also gave us Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Ragnarok, and many other releases, including numerous TV shows on Disney+. While those two movies did quite well at the box office, they cannot be compared to Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Produced by Sony, it became one of the highest grossing films of the year, earning a whopping $690 million at the box office.
Naturally, many fans of the MCU blame Disney's exploitation of the beloved superheroes for the failure, and see Sony's productions as a breath of fresh air. Based on fan reactions to the recently released trailer for Madame Web, Sony's next iteration of the MCU, it is clear that audiences are hungry for a fresh perspective on the fan-favorite characters.
Up until now, Sony has forayed into the stories of Spider-Man and related characters like Venom. Needless to say, the studio's films have been financially successful and popular with Marvel fans. Now, Sony is expected to delve deeper into the web of Spidey-related stories as the company has just unveiled a trailer for its upcoming film, Madame Web, starring Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeny and others.
Set in New York, Sony's next Marvel movie follows Cassandra Webb, a New York City paramedic who gains psychic abilities after a near-death experience. The visions she has drive her to find three teenage girls with various Spider-Man-like powers and save them from imminent death at the hands of a mysterious headhunter.
Fans Are Exuberant about the New Film
Given the aforementioned Marvel fatigue, it would seem that audiences should give Madame Web the cold shoulder. But the reality is quite different.
'You don't need to see the future to know how well this movie is gonna do,' one YouTube user quipped in the comments.
Ultimately, Marvel fans seem excited about the upcoming film.
'The actors in this movie clearly have great skill and passion for the project. The lead doesn't seem bored and bland at all,' another YouTuber wrote referencing The Marvels' mediocre acting.
Madame Web is scheduled to premiere on February 14, 2024.