Julia Stiles Tossed into the Spider-Man 4 Rumor Mill, Too
Just yesterday, our friends at SlashFilm reported that Rachel McAdams denied the rumors that said she was up for Black Cat in Spider-Man 4, and while they seem pretty confident that she's just keeping secrets, her genuine surprise at the thought says otherwise, on top of the fact that we have it on good authority that McAdams has not even met with casting directors, producers or even Sam Raimi for any role in Spider-Man 4. So what of this new Julia Stiles casting meeting rumor (as discovered by UGO) that says she's also in the running for the villainous vixen Black Cat? Well, I don't think it's as cut and dry as that, and here's why.
Yes, there is word going around from Hey U Guys saying that Felicia Hardy (Black Cat's alter ego) is indeed the new female role Sam Raimi and Co. are looking to cast, and that apparently, "she is the daughter of the new editor of The Daily Bugle" who also has some villainous tendencies for Spider-Man. But going from what we're hearing from some inside sources, this role of the daughter is not at all what we think it is, and the more important one to look out for is that sparsely heard about male villain who will be the as-yet-to-be announced primary and sole villain in Spider-Man 4. But maybe you're thinking to yourself, why can't there be two villains? Wouldn't that still jive with this news?
I don't think so for a couple different reasons. First, I'm going to stand firm on the idea that this new role that actresses are lining up for is that of one similar to Bryce Dallas Howard's in Spider-Man 3. Significant sure, but villainous just doesn't feel right, at least not yet. If anything this could be a set-up for a sure-to-follow fifth Spider-Man chapter where Felicia Hardy is introduced to become the Black Cat much like Harry Osborn becoming the new Green Goblin: Snowboard Champion. Second, if Black Cat is indeed the daughter of this supposed other villain who runs the Daily Bugle for a short time, would it really be all that great to have that father-daughter team as Spidey's villains? No thanks. Reiterating Raimi's talk of getting back to basics it just doesn't seem smart, or even anywhere near Raimi's style.
No, I'm not saying the idea should be completely thrown out the window, but it's just not adding up neatly enough to make sense. I would go so far as to say that this seriously messes with Spider-Man's comic canon, but then again, Gwen Stacy (Howard's role from Spider-Man 3) was Peter Parker/Spider-Man's first love who perished before he met Mary Jane, so anything is possible. Of course, as usual, we can speculate all we want, but until we get an official announcement, we're never going to actually know anything, no matter how much we think we know. So until then, all this discussion is just torturous fun for all. What do you think?