Movieline is reporting that John Malkovich is in negotiations to join Spider-Man 4 as the comic book hero’s long-time villain, the Vulture.

But wait, that’s not all! They say their inside source also says that they’re looking to grab Anne Hathaway for the film as well, for a new character called Felicia Hardy. That’s right- new character. Apparently this Felicia won’t be turning into Black Cat, instead becoming a new villain called the Vulturess.

Those of you looking for Dylan Baker to finally get his chance to shine as The Lizard (he’s played  Curt Conner for the last two films, after all) might have to keep waiting, because the source says that Sony doesn’t want to sign off “on such an odd-looking enemy”, instead preferring one where you can see its face. Because it obviously makes more sense to try and introduce TWO NEW BAD GUYS (!!) instead of making poor Peter deal with a close acquaintance of his that goes mad. Makes even more sense than sticking Venom in the last film!

Of course, take this all with a grain of salt as it’s all rumor, but while the idea of Malkovich as Vulture sure is a great one, let’s hope they don’t just try to throw as many new baddies at Spidey as they can this time.

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