Marvel's Madame Web trailer is getting utterly roasted

Fan-made poster for Madame Web
A fan-made poster for the upcoming Madame Web by @bensolo_cup on Instagram (Image credit: Marvel)

Marvel films ruled the cinema a few years back, with pretty much every release guaranteed to make serious bank. But Marvel's star seems to have faded recently, with the likes of Eternals and The Marvels entering flop territory. And judging by the newly released trailer for Madame Web, the losing streak might be set to continue. 

The film stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic who discovers she may have clairvoyant abilities. In the comics, Madame Web appeared alongside Spider-man several times, with the enigmatic character becoming a fan favourite. But the trailer is setting alarm bells ringing.

Firstly, there's some pretty weird editing going on. Take a look at the scene below, in which one character throws a rock at another. Why is it so difficult to deduce who is standing where, who's talking to who, and who threw the rock? Why are there approximately 78 cuts in the space of five seconds? Sure, things are usually edited differently for a trailer, but it's unnecessarily convoluted to say the least.

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And then there's the voice acting. Several viewers have taken issue with Johnson's bizarrely monotonous intonation, which sounds as if she's reading the dialogue for the first time. Sure, it's not easy to make exposition like, "he was in the Amazon with my Mom when she was researching spiders right before she died," sound thrilling, but it's also difficult to make it sound quite this dull:

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Time will tell whether Madame Web goes the way of Spider-man or Eternals, but one thing's for sure, the trailer ain't looking great. But don't worry, we've already seen one awesome trailer today – we're loving the look of Netflix's new stop-motion Pokemon series.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.