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EXCLUSIVE: Spider-Man 4 Circling John Malkovich, Anne Hathaway

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No matter the superhero franchise, when it comes time to make a sequel, people mainly want to know one thing: Which villains will be in it? Currently, fans are trying to crack the mystery of Spider-Man 4’s bad guys; rumors and speculation had it that every actress in Hollywood was trying out for the sexy villainess Black Cat, or that Dylan Baker’s Curt Connors would finally get to transform into the Lizard in this installment. Now, though, Movieline has confirmed with sources close to the film that Raimi’s sequel is circling John Malkovich and Anne Hathaway to play Spider-Man’s adversaries, and neither evildoer is quite what you might have expected.

malkovulture.jpgIf negotiations proceed according to plan, Malkovich will be playing Spider-Man’s nemesis the Vulture, who packs a punch despite his advanced age. The Vulture is able to fly through the air and brandish his sharp wings to attack Spider-Man.

As for Hathaway, that’s where things get tricky.

annefelicia.jpgThe 27-year-old actress is currently the top choice for Felicia Hardy, who’d been long-rumored as one of the new characters in this installment. (Other names bandied about for the role included Julia Stiles, Rachel McAdams, and Romola Garai.) However, unlike in the comic books, this Felicia Hardy doesn’t transform into the Black Cat. Instead, Raimi’s Felicia will become a brand-new superpowered figure called the Vulturess.

What does this mean for poor Dylan Baker, who’s patiently played Curt Connors in the last two installments? As much as it would seem that the series is setting up his eventual transformation into supervillain the Lizard, we hear that the suits simply can’t bring themselves to sign off on such an odd-looking enemy — instead, they’d rather hew closer to villains with a human face. Perhaps, then, it’s the best-case scenario for Baker: He gets to remain the subject of fanboy interest, but he doesn’t have to cede his role to a motion-captured reptile in a lab coat.


Tagged: Anne Hathaway, john malkovich, sam raimi, spider-man 4


Gut reaction: The Vulturess is retarded.
Should we expect a Green Goblinette in the fifth installment?

This is a major disappointment if it's true. I'm no fanboy, but as a fan of the classic villains growing up, I've been patiently waiting for the Lizard payoff in SM4. He's hands-down my favorite Spidey bad guy, and Curt Connors' complicated situations (with both the whole Lizard thing and trying to reunite with his family) makes for a meaty storyline.

The Vulture is one of the dumbest-looking and decrepit villains in the Spider-Man franchise. I don't care if someone as amazing as Malkovich takes on the role, I can't get past the cheesy outfit and the geezer head sticking out of it. Why not just put some knee-high black socks on him and have him yell at kids to stay off the front lawn of his evil lair?

First, ditch The Vulturess. That's lamer than OJ Simpson's last criminal defense strategy. Black Cat's fine, and I'm sure with a little padding, she'll fill the outfit out well.

As for Malkovich as the Vulture, you really can't go wrong with Malkovich as a freaky villain. So here's what they can do:

1. The Vulture and Black Cat are both interested in Curt Conners' research for their own profit. Vulture wants the healing properties to reverse his aging, and she wants to sell it to the highest bidder.

2. While trying to steal said research, they get in each other's way and trigger the transformation into the Lizard.

3. Spidey & Black Cat join forces to beat the others, because the Vulture has figured out a way to control the Lizard. Big battle royale, Vulture's taken down, the Lizard gets cured, for now, and the Black Cat tries to rip off Spiderman, and gets locked up for it.

You get the moral hazard of Spidey being faced with curing or killing his teacher/mentor, the sex appeal of The Black Cat, the freakiness of The Vulture, and a payoff for the Lizard with potential for future appearances.

It's not rocket science, it's making a comic book movie.

I like this.

That sounds about right.

hey no spoilers!

Did you write Spider-man 3? Because that sounds about as f'd up and twisted as that movie, minus the dancing!

That works on the level of super heroes but for the human element, why not add some tension between Parker and Hardy too? It'd be sorta like Batman Returns when Bruce Wayne finds out who Selena Kyle is. We'd have to see how Adrian Toomes became The Vulture too like in Spider-Man 2 with Doc Ock. Perhaps what they plan to steal isn't the reversal of aging thing but what makes Connors turn into The Lizard. Somehow there would have to be a mix-up and the Lizard is born. I hate the 3 bad guy idea but if Black Cat was an ally it'd neutralize Spider-Man 3. That is what they should have done with Gwen Stacy in 3. Instead of Stacy, have that be Hardy and they teamed up against Venom while Franco was knocked out in the hospital and saved for this film ala' the Phantom Zone prisoners from Superman: The Movie reappearing in Superman II (which made the sequel even better!)

What this franchise really needs is some Malathion.

The only one happy about any of this is James Franco.

If they're just gonna start making shit up, I propose Malkovich should play a villain simply named "Malkovich", a NY actor who's just tired of Spiderman's shenanigans.

is raimsi on drugs,they want human faces for badguys ,he should yous kingpin,tombstone,silvermane,his daughter or hammer head.dont fu.k spidy up.

If they're gonna make up new villains, I think they need to morph Franco into the new evil-doer, The Nudist.

Wow. Is Raimi insane? I can deal with Malkovich as the Vulture, he's a great actor. But the awesome characters that already exist are not good enough? He needs to create "The Vultress"? I don't even believe this latest rumor. And why do the studios think we want or need more villans in each sequel? F'em all.

My guess is the Vulturess is a "Blue Harvest" style decoy. I hope so. Franco as the Nudist would definitely be more compelling than Anne Hathaway as the Vulturess.

I'd like to see the Rhino

I think it's just a ruse, no fanboy wants to see her unless she is the Black Cat

ugh. Malkovich? wasn't there enough ham and cheese in Spidey 3??

so let me get this straight, instead of at least trying to mirror or take from the comics and build around it, their just makin shit up as they go along, right ? Well, I guess our only hope for a decent comic book movie is in Favreau's hands now. But at least with him we know something great is about to happen, come 2010.

Forget Vulture, that's just another goblin flying character...been there done that. Why not setup the lizard for the near end while spidey battles like Kraven,Rhino or hell even Shocker. Someone like the Rock would give shocker a better character, think of the cool technology they could design for his shocker suit. Kraven would be awesome given someone like Butler or Del Torro give him that mean jacked up hunter. Rhino of course would be someone's henchmen, i could see mysterio with him since mysterio is probably the most human bad guy as far as a fight goes. Whatever, if i could atleast interest one of you then my ideas are better then what appears to be Raimi's ideas. And yes Vultress is a bad idea, just like what Ratner did to x3.

If SM4 comes out with Vulture and a vultress I WILL NOT watch it. We have so many things that could happen instead of that cheese. I want to see more Venom along with Lizard, Black Cat or Rhino. Vulture was one the more ignorant villains thay created. Lets just make the Mole or Dung Beetle. Let's keep it in line with the comic at least a little. I mean, Venom and Goblin were the best but lets have Venom in the SM3 for a total of 3 minutes and then gone. They wasted more time with Parker dancing with ho's then one of the best villains ever. Total waste of a movie. It was like watching a masterpiece like the Matrix and then going to see Matrix 2. You go into the theater with a massive bone only to walk out unable to have an erection for weeks, ok maybe days, but thats not the point. We take X-Men 3 and put Magneto in an old man garb, we totally destroy everything about Sabretooth from X-Men 1 just to put him as Wolverines brother in Origins and now we have no Goblin, Venom or Doc Ock! Kinda like 2 face in Dark Knight for 5 minutes and kill him. It makes no sense. And to all these "actors" who want to do something more challenging or something different instead of doing these sequels i.e. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, etc. remember these films made you financially secure and the fans are what made you. You should be happy you're not asking, "do you want fries with that."

It's official. This series has gone from bad (Spiderman 3) to completely terrible. Raimi needs to be removed from this franchise.

We are currently entering the "Batman Forever / Batman and Robin" era of Spiderman movies. Let's hope it doesn't last long.

Wow. This movie looks like it will be even worse than Spider-man 3...

i agree at the end my thoughts of those words after walking out of spider man 3 its another fliping batman style movie of the 90`s at lest they used made ones from a cartoon show like vain
not makeing up crap to beinfit ur own pocket rami i hope they wont use your idea in a comic as they did for harley queen . kraven the hunter,the kingpin,the black cat at the end see the lizard how bad of a movie is that you already alstblish peter parker anof and mary jean aka get rid of her make room for gwen stacy and felica harding!

Malkovich rocks yo. Pyey the myen hees monee.

First, Lizard is one of Spidey's best villains. He has so much inner turmoil going on between his family, his lost arm, Peter Parker, his Lizard persona, etc. He would make a great antagonist. Hopefully you are kidding about "Vulturess" which just sounds plain stupid. Malkovich is a great actor, but The Vulture was a lame villain for Spider-man. I didn't care for him in the comic and I'm sure he won't be any better in a movie. Hathaway could probably pull off Black Cat, so that sounds O.K. if they go that way. They really need Lizard this time. Avatar (Cameron) is creating 10 foot blue aliens to carry their show. Lizard would just have to look like a little beefier version of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park. Minus the Lizard (which I am still pulling for), they should go with Kraven the Hunter or Mysterio,

Screw this, if Bruce Campbell isn't a villain I ain't going to see it.

Didn't Malkovich turn down the Goblin role in the first movie because he was too good to do super hero flicks? Well John now you're wearing a green bird suit in a sequel. Way to stay ahead of the curve Shakespeare.

Im no fan boy. I grew up watching the animated series, and read a few of the comics. But even back then I remember thinking "Dude, the vulture is soooo lame." Is this really the best that some 6 figure guys in Hollywood can come up with?

How bout this plot just off the top of my head:

Dr. Conners goes through his famous transformation while trying to regrow his arm. As news of a lizard man rampaging through the city hits, Kraven the hunter comes to NYC to stalk/kill him. Spiderman has to battle Kraven at first, because he doesn't want him killing his mentor. Kraven, who truly isn't bad, eventually teams up with Spiderman to defeat/cure The Lizard.

There, i just came up with that now. Money please!

The vultress? Ummmmmm, no. I would like to see the black cat, however. This may be the first bomb for the Spiderman series if this is true.

I really want Ben Kingsley to play the Vulture...


Screw this, if Bruce Campbell isn't a villain I ain't going to see it..

"The Vulturess"? Pah, nobody in Hollywood is that stupid :) I think Raimi is throwing us off the scent with this story. We will see Black Cat, and the Lizard is going to show up AT LONG LAST. (I hope.)

my childhood is being obliterated by hacks

I think the vulture is a bad idea. Keep the concept of the lizard in the movie. The lizard is a bigger villian that the vulture was. And some how weave venom back into the mix. His last appearance was all but entertaining. Give the people what they want. Read the books and listen to outsiders. The fans know what they are talking about. Me personally I think the Spider-man francise is going to tank if the writters and directors dont pick up the slack after Spider-man 3. Just my opinion.


this is going to suck why would anyone want the vulture? why not scorpion,carnage or the lizard? no way will i sit through 2 hours of a flying old guy in diapers

Aww I wanted shaq to play Big Wheel that would have been sweet!!

The villain doesn't matter,it was Spiderman and Peter Parker that made the comic so great.Parker was a Superhero with a lot of human problems in his life.

What the hell is up with these people, they just wanna piss you off dont they why the hell dont they just stick to the characters like if Spider Man 3 wasnt bad enough.. this was there chance to fix this crap but now they just screwd it up even more!!.

i literally just laughed myself to tears. Its a shame I WILL be in tears walking out the the AMC 24 on May 6, 2011.

Umm No. That's going to be horrible. i knew felicia hardy was going to be in the movie, but as the vultress?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! The Black Cat is supposed to bring in the sex appeal! This is So Stupid! im going to hate the movie if this is true!

they are rebooting the series and anna hathaway droped out but i'am not to certain about what malkovich doing

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Hmm i don't know if i really agree with your point here. I did a little research on the subject but bing hasn't much information on the subject! So thanks for providing us with information.

well there's more to watch out in spiderman 4 like who will be the villain(s) spiderman will face, is the casts and directors from the past episode still play their role, can there be any twist on the movie or it will be exactly alike in the original comic book.
i'm keep on following the details and updates about the upcoming of one of the biggest comic franchise ever, i'm sure spiderman 4 will be a big hit. people will gonna watch this movie for it will be a spoiler not to complete the whole sequel.

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