The first Madam Web The trailer left fans with many questions, perhaps the biggest being: Who is Marvel’s Ezekiel Sims, the main villain in Marvel? Madam Web? Here’s the answer to the question, considering what little we know about the film so far.
Marvel’s Ezekiel Sims is the main villain in Madame Web
Despite his appearance in the trailer, Ezekiel Sims is not a hero – and despite the familiar color pattern, he is not related to Peter Parker or Miles Morales. Superheroes really need to start thinking about trademarking when everyone can easily copy your look. Instead, “Sims” is just normal, or, well, not so normal when we consider his abilities – the trailer makes it seem like he’s seen the future – but normal when it comes to Marvel, the villain, goes.
In the comics, Sims is a rich businessman who was given spider-like abilities, similar to Spider-Man, because the comics are not original. However, his powers are tied to something called the Spider Totem and a multiversal vampire named Morlun. They basically consist of the same things we’ve seen from Peter and Miles – wall crawling, enhanced strength and speed, and his own spider sense.
Instead of using his powers for good like rich businessmen do, Sims decided to use his powers to build an empire for himself. This part at least tracks. The Madam Web The comic version appears to be a pure villain targeting Julia Carpenter, Anya Corazon and Mattie Franklin, although the comic version had good intentions in some places.
Ezekiel Sims makes a cameo appearance in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Ironic, Madam Web isn’t the first time we’ve seen or heard of Ezekiel Sims. In fact, the figure only appears very rarely Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Versealthough it’s easy to miss considering how many Spider-Man variants appear in this film.
Under the name Spider-Therapist, Sims is a member of the Spider Society and offers Spider-Men his help in dealing with the heavy emotional baggage that comes with the job. The scene sees him in his office, in full mask, and although he never says his name, his diploma from Ditko University is visible on the wall with his name on it.
His entire office is destroyed by Miles and several other Spider-Society members, who pursue Miles during the film’s pivotal chase scene, which, if you think about it, is par for the course for a Spider-Man.