Dec 8 2009'Spider-Man 4': Malkovich Probably Vulture, Hathaway Probably Nonexistent Vulture Lady


About a month-and-a-half ago, someone named Jessica emailed me (that's right, a girl emailed me; jealous?) some interesting information:

My brother just waited on Sam Raimi and John Malkovich a few days ago while they were in Lafayette, Louisiana. As they were leaving, Raimi raised his tip adding "You just helped me sign John to the next Spiderman."

Just thought you should know.

I was intrigued but ultimately disregarded the tip because: 1) I couldn't think of a good way to really confirm this story. 2) It seemed questionable that the director of a massive film franchise would tell a waiter huge casting news that would obviously be passed around the internet the next day. 3) Since when do I get the kind of big-time tips that imply I'm a real news source capable of competently dispersing information, when I'm obviously not?

Well, Jessica, I'm sorry I doubted, because it sounds like you were right. Movieline has confirmed that Malkovich is at the very least in negotiations to join Spider-Man 4. As his smooth dome should indicate to all Spider-Man fanboys, the actor would be playing Spider-Man's winged nemesis, The Vulture, which is basically the best casting choice possible for the part (besides Larry David, obviously).

Not all good news, though. Movieline also confirmed that Anne Hathaway, as previously rumored, is in talks to join as well--but not in the Black Cat part she was thought to be up for. Instead, she would be playing, ugh, "a brand-new superpowered figure called the Vulturess." Terrific. As if the actual comics world hasn't convoluted itself with enough female mirrors of characters, now we've got someone else inventing new "that guy, but a lady" characters. Why not throw in a few pointless costume variations and alternate universe explanations for inconsistencies, too, Raimi? In a way, it would be the most accurate comic on screen yet.

Anyway, there you have it. And again, sorry, Jessica. I'll trust any further "your brother, the waiter" stories you might offer.

Reader Comments

first bitches!!!!! and weeeeeeeeeeeak

You could have called the studio and confirmed the rumor.

Unless you did and they said they can't confirm or deny anything.

You're so welcome. I'm glad you could finally confirm that.

Malcovich is great casting for the vulture (he can do the same accent that he used in Rounders). Anne Hathaway would be good casting too because she is fun to look at. But as some new character - NO! Somebody spread the word to whomever is writing the script that people don't want to see some new made up character for the films where there are dozens of characters that can be brought to life from the comics. Shit, let her play Hellcat or Scarlett Witch or one of the girls that hangs out with Luke Cage.

"he Vulture, which is basically the best casting choice possible for the part (besides Larry David, obviously)."

I'm sorry, but I think Ben Kingsley could have done a much better job as the bird man IMO

Kingsley FTW

WHAT is with these same-power characters? Green Goblin and son? Vulture and daughter? Too similar Sam :-(

@ 7- Ohh my god, FTW man

I wouldn't mind seeing her as felicia hardy. even if she wasn't i definitly don't want to see her as "vultress" or some supid &%#!.

Come on how hard is this. Kraven, hunting spiderman, then seeing the Lizard and wanting to hunt him but spiderman keeps trying to stop him for reasons unknown to him. While PP and MJ's marriage is put the the Ultimate Test. Someone hotter than than the actress playing her. Hathaway as felicia hardy....Maybe, she becomes black cat and helps (only because she benefits somehow)

Done, pay me

The best choice for the Vulture would be Pete Postlethwaite.

Like finding out Alessandra Ambrossio is going to give you a half hour throw, after she stomps your nuts a bit with her 3 inch stilettos first.

Ya know, this Raimi fellow sounds like a class act. Thanking the waiter for helping you sign a huge actor to a huge movie franchise? What a nice dude. I've never so much thanked a waiter for being timely with the check.



Malkevich as The Vulture might work, but Anne Hathaway as The Vulturess??????? She'd be awesome Black Cat. Having a copycat female version of a well establshed male villian is an insult to Marvedom itself. The concept rarely works, but time will tell on this one.

well,very good,i am waiting for some more new articals post.

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