It looks like our dream of seeing Larry David play The Vulture in a future Spider-Man movie is about to be shattered. Word on the street is that John Malkovich is the latest actor to enter into discussions for a role in the upcoming Spider-Man 4, and all signs indicate that he is currently in negotiations to play Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture. Still, if we can’t have Larry David, I suppose Malkovich would make a pretty solid choice.
Now, there’s a second part to this story that I suspect may send some fanboys into a rage. According to Movieline, Anne Hathaway is still a frontrunner to play the role of Felicia Hardy, however, it seems that Sam Raimi and Co. are considering a somewhat different direction for her character. Instead of becoming the Black Cat, her alter-ego will be a new villain known as The Vulturess. Yep, a female sidekick that sounds like something straight out of the Adam West TV series.
There is speculation based on another earlier report, that they might actually be a father-daughter team. I know the gut reaction from many will be that this is stupid, but I would think that by now they’ve had enough good writers working on this project to brainstorm something cool. Maybe they just shouldn’t use the name Felicia Hardy. What do you think… are you excited to see The Vulture involved anyway, or is a break from comic book canon justification for instant dismissal?