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

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.


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.

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

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  • Jared says:

    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!

  • David says:

    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.

  • Sang Vang says:

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

  • allie mcbeal says:


  • sergio says:

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

  • Dave Morris says:

    "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.)

  • anonymous says:

    my childhood is being obliterated by hacks

  • Dan Naughton says:

    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.

  • Yikes! says:

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

  • tj says:

    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!

  • scott e. says:

    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

  • ChrisD says:

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

  • Stan says:

    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.

  • Tito says:

    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!!.

  • Zavier says:

    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.

  • Mysterwright says:

    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!)

  • charlie458546 says:

    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!

  • aaron says:

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

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  • 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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