Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Spider-Man 4 Is On Indefinite Hold

Variety is reporting that production on Spider-Man 4 has been delayed so that work can be done on the script. The script has already been through numerous drafts and it appears that Sony and director Sam Raimi are at odd on which villain(s) should be featured in the movie. Raimi reportedly wants to cast John Malkovitch as The Vulture and Anne Hathaway as The Vultress, a character that has not been introduced in the Spider-Man comic books. There's no word on which villain(s) Sony wants to use.

I'm on the fence on this one. First off, Sony's insistence that Raimi include Venom in Spider-Man 3 was a huge mistake. Raimi, however, handled the directive in a completely stupid way. Venom should have been set up in 3 and then used in 4. I'm thinking Raimi may be wrong on this one. Vulture is a boring villain and even a great actor like Malkovich can't make him work. And don't get me started on the absurdity of the Vultress.

The thing I can't get my mind around is why they aren't using the one villain they have been setting up since the first movie. The thing practically writes itself. I'll do it for them! Dr. Conners, Peter Parker's biochemistry teacher is researching methods to re-grow his severed arm using recombinant reptilian DNA. After successful animal trials, Dr. Conners tests the serum on himself. It works initially, and Connors re-grows his arm. Later, however, the experiment goes terribly wrong and Connors turns into a reptilian creature called the Lizard. Spider-Man tries unsuccessfully to capture the creature. Sergei Kravinoff, known for his big game hunting reality show called "Kraven, The Hunter" is determined to hunt down and destroy the Lizard as a ratings stunt. It's then that Spider-Man realizes that the Lizard and Connors are one and the same and becomes determined to stop Kraven so he can capture and cure the Lizard. Throw in a little Peter and Mary Jane romance and angst and you've got you're movie.

Now, where's my $25 million?

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