John Malkovich to Play the Villain Vulture in Spider-Man 4?
I hate to run another Spider-Man 4 rumor, but this time Movieline came across something that actually seems legit. They're saying that they were informed by an insider that John Malkovich is being eyed for the role of the villain Vulture and also that, as we reported previously, Anne Hathaway is being eyed for a role as well. Interestingly, they say Hathaway will play a character named Felicia Hardy, who is the altar ego of a villain known as the Vulturess, not Black Cat (like in the comics). For once, this actually gels with what we know from our inside sources. It seems like these characters and this casting may finally be accurate.
Movieline doesn't say much else except that The Lizard, the villain that Dr. Connors becomes, won't be in the movie because apparently the Sony execs "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." For once, I actually believe that. It'd probably work if this were the Men in Black series, but a giant lizard might not be as easily accepted in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man universe. So if that's the case, the villains will be a combination of Vulture and his daughter(?), the Vulturess. Only two of them in this sequel because Sam Raimi wants to get "back to basics."
As for the casting, I'd absolutely love to see both of those actors join the Spider-Man universe. I really love Hathaway but she needs more diverse and interesting roles like this to keep up her persona. And if they get Malkovich, I think that would be as inspired casting as Alfred Molina was for Spider-Man 2. He'll definitely do a great job as Vulture, that's for sure. For those who don't know, Vulture is a villain who develops a flying harness that can also be used as a weapon. He's a pretty simple villain, but I'm sure screenwriter Gary Ross will spice him up with a good story and connection to Felicia Hardy. Your thoughts on these villains?