The latest bits of news are a casting call for ginger-haired toddlers and an official denial from Rachel McAdams that she’s up for the role of The Black Cat.
It’s not really surprising that McAdams has shot down the rumours of her involvement with the project. She’s just one of at least three actresses up for the part. She’d look pretty daft if she were to confirm that she was in the running and subsequently be turned down. It might also not be looked upon too favourably by the production team behind Spider-Man 4 if she were to start talking about it openly. At any length, it’s not worth counting her out of the running just yet.
As for the ginger-haired toddler, this casting call has been posted on spoilertv.com:
Spider-Man 4 – Official Casting Call for Baby Boy with Red Hair
2 or 3 year old boy to play 2 year old, Caucasian with RED HAIR, an adorable toddler with an engaging personality, on set experience preferred. IDENTICAL TWINS ONLY
Their take on it is that the child could be playing the child of Peter and Mary Jane, or a young version of Cletus Kassady, who becomes Carnage in the comics.
It seems pretty safe to dismiss the carnage idea. Raimi only included Venom in the last film at the behest of the studio, and besides, it wouldn’t fit with any of the details we published previously.
It’s more likely that he is the son of Peter and MJ, but you have to wonder whether it would really serve Raimi’s purposes to make Peter a family man.
So who could the child be?
Our guess is a flash forward to Peter’s future, although there is one other intriguing possibility: What if MJ got her naughty on with Harry while Pete was being a dick during the last film? What if the baby is what drives Pete away from MJ and towards Felecia Hardy? What if there was actually some character development in the next film?
Feel free to suggest your own plot line for the spider-tot below.