Dakota seemingly confirmed the news in a cryptic Instagram story on Saturday afternoon as well.
In the comics, Madame Web is a blind, elderly woman who is capable of predicting the future of "Spider-themed" superheroes.
Her name comes from the web-like machine used to keep her alive.
Since Dakota is obviously not a blind, elderly woman, many MCU fans and those with disabilities are frustrated that once again, an able-bodied actor will be taking a part away from a disabled actor.
Marvel made a similar choice back in 2015 when Charlie Cox was cast as Matt Murdock, a blind superhero, in Daredevil.
Seeing how Marvel has progressed in representation in recent years — with deaf actor Lauren Ridloff's casting as Makkari in Eternals, and Alaqua Cox, a deaf, Native American actor, as Maya in Hawkeye — some were disappointed to see this setback.
However, "sources have stressed" that because of Dakota's casting, "it’s possible the project could turn into something else."
Fans are speculating that Dakota might not be playing the '80s comic book version of Madame Web at all, and instead be playing Julia Carpenter, a Spider-Woman who later becomes a second Madame Web and who is not canonically blind.
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