There has been a lot of speculation in recent months that Spider-Man 4 may feature The Lizard, Vulture, and Black Cat, as its villains. MovieLine is today claiming that they have an inside tip telling them that Vulture will be one of the film’s two villains, but The Lizard and Black Cat will not be appearing, although Felicia Hardy (who is Black Cat’s alter ego) will be in the film as a new villain named The Vulturess. They claim that this new villain/Felicia Hardy will be played by Anne Hathaway (Brokeback Mountain, Get Smart) and that John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons, Burn After Reading) will play Vulture.
Personally I have never been a big fan of the Vulture character and think that there are many better villains to choose from for the next movie, and furthermore I cannot believe this new rumor of Black Cat being turned into The Vulturess is true, and if it is then the people responsible for it simply do not have a clue what they are doing. Black Cat is basically Spider-Man’s equivalent of Batman’s Catwoman, so to rewrite her as a new villain, who is still the alter ego of Felicia Hardy, is just ridiculous. If they truly want to go with a Vulture and Vulturess villain duo then a completely new character who is not Felicia Hardy should be written in. If I am not a fan of Vulture then I assume you can have a good guess as to what I think of two Vulture characters appearing as Spider-Man’s new enemies!
As a big fan of the comics, I can honestly say that I have not enjoyed Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie series thus far, and it only seems as if things are going to get worse. Rather than another dreadful movie following on from the disaster that was Spider-Man 3, I would prefer to see no new films in the series for a while and when the time is right a completely new film independent of this series should be made.