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Sunday, 7 June 2009

Spider-Man 4 producer talks villains

Todd Black the producer of Spider-Man 4 has been speaking to the New York Post. He has confirmed a few things:

Kirsten Dunst is definitely set to return, contrary to early rumors that she might be replaced (I personally wish the character was changed from the whiney one from the last couple of films).

There will be no wedding between Peter and Mary Jane.

Morbius the living vampire is not a villain in the film.

However, he goes on to give a few clues as to who it could be."We're just coming up with who the villain's going to be now. We'll be shooting in New York again. Trust me, people will appreciate who we pick, because it'll be a big part of New York." He also adds that "the villain will be one of Spidey's foes from the comic, not a character invented for the film."

That doesn't really narrow it down as Spider-Man is set in New York, and most of his villains are from there as well. Add in the fact the comic has been going for so many years then there are many to choose from. Plus it may not be a big name villain, maybe a lesser one who has been beefed up. The weird thing is the fact he says "it'll be a big part of New York."

Some sites have mentioned Kraven the Hunter but as he's not from New York that goes against what Black has said. The Kingpin is definitely a NY boy so he is a strong possibility, but as he was in the Daredevil film there may be some rights issues with that. Mind you he is big so maybe Black was being cryptic with his clues.

Another choice is the Lizard who is Parker's mutated teacher. Dr Conner has been shown in previous films (he is the man with one arm and his research on lizard's regeneration abilities causes his change) and there are urban legends of lizards and alligators in the NY sewers.

Then of course there is J. Jonah Jameson who, in the comics and animated series financed the creation of Scorpion and set the Spider-Slayer robots on Spider-Man.

Other villains from NYC (as far as I am aware so apologies if I get any wrong) are Electro, Hobgoblin, Hammerhead, Molten Man, Jackel, and the Vulture.

Rhino and the Chameleon were both originally from Russia. Mysterio would be cool but I think he was originally from California.

I personally feel it will either be the Lizard or the Vulture, but we shall have to wait and see.

It is a pity that Morbius won't be in it, even though Sam Raimi gave a strong hint that it could be. Maybe Black is giving us some Michael Bay misdirection?

What villain do you think will be in the fourth Spider-Man film?

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