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Madame Web is Spider-Meh

Sony’s latest superhero outing is a confusing, underwhelming, and disappointing new low for the MCU
Sony Pictures
Cassie and the three teenage girls Julia, Anya, and Mattie on the look out trying to lose sight of the the mystery man who is trying to kill them. Marvel’s newest film “Madame Web” is mad confusing and it is not living up to fan’s expectations with its rather dry storyline.

Madame Web, the most recent addition to the Marvel cinematic universe, sets out to create a sophisticated and captivating story, but ultimately gets caught up in its own maze of uncertainty. In contrast to other Marvel movies and classics, the movie confuses and underwhelms audiences, disappointing them on several levels despite their expectation for a deep dive into the ethereal realms of Marvel.

The superhero movie Madame Web, which is based on the Marvel Comics, follows New York City paramedic Cassandra Webb as she begins to exhibit clairvoyant abilities following a significant incident that occurred at the scene of an accident. She quickly finds herself in the midst of defending three young teens who could potentially have superpowers, from a mystery man who wants them dead while she is forced to face the truths about her own history. 

Despite getting a mixed reception, the movie doesn’t aim for its greatest potential. Even while the movie has a solid premise, it ignores a number of details from the original work, and the multitude of times and realities are clear as mud. Although it is clear that the writers intended to construct a series of connected stories, the film’s execution fell flat, leaving viewers more perplexed than interested in the end. The movie’s plot fails to capture the amazing cinematic ending since it felt so uninteresting, and it also lacks the ultimate build-up that the audience initiated.  

However, the actors appear to be just as confused by the writing as the audience is, given how ambiguous and perplexing the dialogue and plot are. The actors gave it their all and did the best they could with what they had. Marvel’s typically dynamic characters are shown with a depth and charm that is lacking in these renditions, and we are only given a ten-second glimpse at every figure in their suits. Though the language was meant to be amusing, it frequently came across as forced and shallow, lacking the necessary emotional resonance. 

The movie has a mixed combination of strong and weak visuals. Although the CGI sequences were striking, they were difficult to understand and didn’t live up to Marvel’s high standards, which made it difficult to interact. The action sequences, which are an essential component of superhero films, are positioned and executed strangely, lacking the creativity compared to the better films in Marvel.

Madame Web is a missed opportunity to explore one of Marvel’s most intriguing characters. Even the most devoted Marvel fans might find it difficult to follow this bewildering voyage through a badly written story. This movie seems like a diversion into nothing, even though it could have given the MCU a fascinating new dimension.

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Makenzie is a senior at Frederick High who has been in the newspaper staff for three years and is a member of Quill & Scroll. When not reporting for the Lantern, Makenzie is the starting centerfielder on the Frederick Varsity softball team and also plays softball nationally year around with her competitive softball team the Colorado National Batbusters 18u Gold. Outside of softball and news writing, she enjoys listening to music, watching movies, being with friends and family, and enjoying the outdoors. After graduation, Makenzie plans on studying forensic science at Washburn University.

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