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Malkovich Confirms Spidey Vulture Rumour
He's waiting for a script, though…

11 January 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: BadTaste.IT

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Even as Spider-Man 4 continues to flail in production limbo (it's been officially delayed), word arrives that one of the more likely rumours - John Malkovich playing villain The Vulture - has been confirmed by the man himself.

Talking on, of all places, Italian sports show Quelli Che il Calcio, Malkovich was asked directly about the news he'd be showing up in the new Spidey outing.

Time to fire up the Translato5000 to reveal what he said: "When conductor Simona Ventura asked him about his role of Vulture in the movie, he not only didn't deny his involvement, but confirmed that he's waiting for the final script to be sent to him, and that the movie has been delayed. He also hopes that shooting will begin as soon as possible."

He might be in for a bit of a wait, since Sony and Sam Raimi seem to be wrangling about the final form of the script, and the choice of the villain is a definite sticking point.

And there's no word yet on whether this means Anne Hathaway will definitely also be appearing as the Vulturess. We can but hope… not. Malkovich is a fine idea, but if Hathaway does get a role, surely she'd be better off as Felicia "Black Cat" Hardy?

There's a full transcript of the interview up at (thanks to the team at Collider for the spot), so any Italian readers - and those who can read the language - can head over to check it out.

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RE: Good News
you and your big mouth Malkovich!!! More

Posted by ArtDepartmentAlbert at 21:58 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Good News
Well, this ain't happening now, if you haven't heard, Sony posted that a reboot of the franchise is now going ahead. o-more/ More

Posted by Ethanial at 23:10 on 11 January 2010 | Report This Post

Good News
Isn't there a character in Iron Man 2 a bit similar to Black Cat? The One that Scarlett plays? I know nothing about Iron Man, but from the trailer and screen shots, it looks like the 'black cat territory' has already been covered. Personally I always thought Gwen Stacey was supposed to end up as black cat? But i'm just a film fan, not a comic book guy. In Sam Raimi I trust. ANd I can't believe how much hate there is for Tobey Maguire and the three Spidey films - its my favorite superhero movie f More

Posted by Ambition at 17:41 on 11 January 2010 | Report This Post

Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom with WINGS, i'm willing to forget the travesty that is Spiderman 3 for this! More

Posted by 62Parker at 16:23 on 11 January 2010 | Report This Post

I hate John Malkovich - proved
I just posted about Mr M being a hack, and here he is hooking on Italian TV for a part in the hugely controversial, challenging piece of future cinema that is, erm, Spiderman 4. More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 13:08 on 11 January 2010 | Report This Post

Web Of Lies
The story is more important than the villain. You can have a great villain, but if the script is crap, it's not worth anything. Strange that Raimi and the studio are wasting so much time with a public wrangle like this. It's not doing anyone any good. Just get on with it, guys. More

Posted by BenTramer at 12:23 on 11 January 2010 | Report This Post

He's a fine choice for a villain but Vulture's just crap
Seriously, I get that Sam likes the classic villains but Vulture?! Why not Lizard? Why not Electro? Why not both? Man, Electro and Sandman would have been a great team up in 3 rather than shoving Venom in. If Vulture is in 4 then he can't be the only villain because unless he has some significant retooling then he's going to be a pretty weak threat - and that doesn't mean that I want Ann Hathaway playing a "Vultress" either (or whatever stupid idea had been thought up for that charact More

Posted by Marwood at 11:42 on 11 January 2010 | Report This Post

Malkovich is a great casting choice for Vulture
Shame I cant excited for this film. Spider-Man 3 killed my interest in Spider-Man. And looking back the other 2 were just OK (2 being the better one). Never liked Tobey as Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst was miscast as Mary-Jane. Green Goblin design was naff but William Dafoe was great. 2nd film was much better, still had problems with the Cast except Doc Octopus. And Spidey 3 had a piss poor story and a terrible plot twist involving Sandman. More

Posted by Rawbeard at 03:54 on 11 January 2010 | Report This Post

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