John Malkovich and Anne Hathaway have been named as the villains Vulture and Vulturess in Spider-Man 4. Movieline, reporting an exclusive, describes them as ‘circling’ the project, though it’s unclear if that means they’re close to a deal or if it’s just a forced vulture pun.
If 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.
Hathaway is currently the top choice for Felicia Hardy, who’d been long-rumored as one of the new characters in this installment. 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 [the “what does cum mean” guy in Happiness], 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.
It’s fun to imagine a room full of grown men in suits debating the relative merits of various Spider-Man villains. But I can’t argue with choosing Anne Hathaway ‘s face over a big CGI lizard. I’d pick Anne Hathaway’s face over just about anything. I’ve been shooting my webbing at it for years.
FACT: Black Spider-Man shouts “SKEET SKEET!” when he shoots his webbing.