Got a few grains of salt handy? You’ll need them.
According to Movieline, “sources close to the film” have divulged that John Malkovich and Anne Hathaway are in talks to play villains in Spider-Man 4. Malkovich is being eyed to play the Vulture—a classic Spidey adversary who made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #2 in 1963—while Hathaway might play Felicia Hardy who, in the comics, is the webslinger’s morally questionable costumed love interest Black Cat.
Malkovich is certainly creepy enough, and I doubt I’m alone in loving the idea of Hathaway in spandex or skintight leather. This is great news!
But here’s where this story gets a bit suspect.
Movieline reports that director Sam Raimi’s version of Felicia Hardy isn’t the Black Cat. Instead, she’ll “become a brand-new superpowered figure called the Vulturess.”
Wait, the Vulturess? Are we kidding? That doesn’t even sound good. If this is true, Raimi’s lost it completely.
Here’s hoping this news turns out to be completely false and that Sony Pictures makes some official casting announcements soon.