It seems like every week another actor either denies or pleads ignorance about internet rumors suggesting they are being headhunted to appear in a Marvel movie, and after a whole week of watching Andrew Garfield swear, swear and swear again that he is not in Spider-Man: No Way Home – even though we are all pretty certain that he is – it looks like the baton of Spider-Man rumor denial has now passed to Sandra Bullock. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Bullock was asked about whispers that she is one of the names in the running to be Madame Web in Sony Pictures’ Universe of Spider-Man Characters.
Sandra Bullock replied to the question saying, “I don’t think I’m Marvel material.” She continued to say that she had has no contact with Marvel about any projects whatsoever, and she really didn’t know what Kimmel was talking about. Kimmel joked with the actress that he needed to ask these questions and really press his guests, as there is a long list of actors who have lied to him over the years about whether or not they would be starring in upcoming Marvel movies.
While all that may be true, there did seem to be a strong sense of bewilderment from the Bird Box star and even though there is no denying her acting abilities, as Kimmel described Madame Web it was clear she did not have the slightest idea what he was talking about and had no idea of the kind of fan theories that develop to extreme levels online.
“You know what, if that were a rumor that my son had heard, do you know how much I would get him to do in the house,” she laughed. “I would be so successful in my requests. Who did they say I would be? His grandmother or something?” Kimmel described Madame Web, leading Bullock to ask, “Why was I not hired for this? What happened to the talks? I need to know. Because I think I would be amazing with the psychic-ness of this.”
Of course while Sony’s Spider-Man universe is not quite the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with recent developments in the Marvel timeline they are now linked together in ways that would have seemed untenable when Disney and Sony talks about the use of Spider-Man in the MCU broke down and threatened everything the two studios have built around Marvel’s best known and most profitable characters. The Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer and post credit scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage have revealed how the boundaries between the universes have been all but erased, which is something that has been hinted at for months now, including by Sony executive Sanford Panitch who hinted at what was to come in a previous interview with Variety.
“There actually is a plan,” he explained. “I think now maybe it’s getting a little more clear for people where we’re headed and I think when No Way Home comes out, even more will be revealed… The great thing is we have this very excellent relationship with Kevin. There’s an incredible sandbox there to play with. We want those MCU movies to be absolutely huge, because that’s great for us and our Marvel characters, and I think that’s the same thing on their side. But we have a great relationship. There’s lots of opportunities, I think, that are going to happen.”
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