‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Is Felicity Jones Playing Felicia Hardy?

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Felicity Jones has been acting since she was a teenager (when she appeared in the TV movie The Treasure Seekers), but the actress has gained more indie cred over the past few years, after her roles in films like Julie Taymor’s The Tempest - with the Prospero character gender-swapped so that Helen Mirren could play the role – and the Sundance flick Like Crazy, which paired Jones opposite Star Trek‘s Anton Yelchin.

She has since joined her fellow English actor (okay, he was born in America) Andrew Garfield in the cast for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. However, Jones’ role in the superhero movie sequel has been kept under-wraps… until (possibly) now.

Jones and her Like Crazy writer-director Drake Doremus were recently interviewed by Flicks and the City (hat tip to Bleeding Cool) about their new collaboration, titled Breathe In. The interviewer asked Jones about playing Felicia Hardy – whose costumed alter ego is Black Cat – in Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the actress was quick to avert her gaze before offering a (not so) casual reply, “Well… possibly, I don’t know. Yeah, if that happens that would be wonderful.”

Is that because Jones is playing another character – but didn’t want to correct the interviewer – or, because she is portraying Felicia Hardy in Amazing Spider-Man 2 and didn’t want to say anything more (possibly even because she doesn’t know how the character will be used in future installments)? Watch the video below, and see what you think:

Felicia Hardy, for those unaware, is a villain/love interest of Spidey’s going back to the “Amazing Spider-Man” comic book issue #194 from July 1979. The specifics of the character’s origins have changed over the years, but she’s usually the daughter of an (in)famous cat burglar. Traditionally, Hardy decides to follow in her father’s footsteps – and take on the costumed identity of Black Cat – after she experiences a traumatic event as a young adult (one which permanently alters her ethical and moral outlook).

Interestingly, Sam Raimi had lined up Anne Hathaway to play the antiheroine, back when he was still preparing to make Spider-Man 4. That was a few years before Hathaway instead ended up playing the most famous comic book cat burglar of them all (i.e. Selina Kyle/Catwoman), in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Similarly, Jones has been rumored to play a female lead character in a few big franchise installments over the past year, like the Jack Ryan reboot and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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Felicity Jones in Like Crazy

The “Ultimate Spider-Man” comic book continuity (the main source material for the Amazing Spider-Man movies) mixes things up so that there is a bit of an age discrepancy between Felicia and Peter Parker. Jones as Miss Hardy – assuming that’s who the actress is playing – would, instead, probably be one of Peter’s fellow students when he begins to attend college (i.e. the place where something terrible happens to Felicia, leading her to become Black Cat).

Chances are, if this speculation is correct, then Jones will only appear on-screen as Felicia Hardy for a limited amount of time in Amazing Spider-Man 2. Reason being, the film is expected to setup certain important Spider-Man players – like Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson – to play a significant role in future movies. That would include the planned third and fourth installments in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, which Sony has officially dated for theatrical release in 2016 and 2018 this week.

That’s to say: Jones as Felicia Hardy could very well become Black Cat at some point, but that won’t happen in Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which is what the actress indicated, anyway).


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10th, 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 on May 4th, 2018.

Source: Flicks and the City [via Bleeding Cool]

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  1. I hope soo actually! She would be great! I’d love to see her become black cat and help spidey again the sinister six.

    • I hope The Black Cat is in this. And maybe some more help for Spidey as well. he is gonna need it with that many vilains. I suppose there would be a rights problem if they tried to add someone like, say, Moon Knight or something. Anyways, get Spidey some reinforcements.

      • Silver Sable gets my vote for Spider-Man’s next ally. I don’t believe she has connections to other studios, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

        Cloak and Dagger, Jackpot, Puma, S.H.O.C., Solo, Steel Spider, Nightwatch, Cardiac and Anya Corazon (Spider-Girl) could be other possible (but unlikely) allies.

        • I love the suggestions, but I’m pretty sure some of those characters are owned by other studios. (Cloak & Dagger are mutants, I think) I kind of hope they keep Felicia from becoming the Black Cat in the second movie. I do hope she plays her in any future installment, but there are so many villains to focus on now. Also, didn’t Black Cat get her powers from the Super Soldier serum? I could have sworn I read that a few years ago.

          • LMD, What you’re remembering in regard to the super soldier serum is from the 1995 Spider-Man cartoon. In that version the Black Cat did get her powers from that serum. However, in the original comic book (Amazing Spider-Man #194)she didn’t have any super powers.

            Somewhat later on, in Spectacular Spider-Man #89 or #90, she gained a bad luck power from the Kingpin. However, it started to cause bad luck for others & somewhere along the way Dr. Strange got involved. Dr. Strange removed the bad luck curse but in the process the Black Cat gained real powers. My memory on that last part is somewhat fuzzy but you get the idea…

            • @Leaper77

              You are absolutely correct. I have read so many comics and watched so many comic-related media that it runs together for me sometimes. Also, I smoked a lot of weed since I was 16. That doesn’t help. But thank you for the clarification.

        • but I thought she was bad though Silver Sable

      • black cat will probably be his backup I mean she isn’t a villain she is an anti-heroine so yea she might back up spiderman and kick butt

    • I think Tamsin Egerton would be good as Black Cat shes act along side felicity jones and she looks the part too

  2. I’d be ok with this

  3. She didnt really know what to say there, but seems like she may be playing felicia but not yet black cat. Im sure she would have said otherwise if it werent true.

  4. Just judging by her reaction to the question, I think that she’s definitely playing Felicia Hardy.

  5. I could see this. I think she kind of looks the part

  6. Doesn’t sound like she’s going to be in costume in ASM2… unless it’s in a mid credit scene or something like that.

  7. I still think she’d be perfect for Betty Brant.

    • I think someone with long, straight, black hair should play Betty. Not saying they couldn’t do that with her hair, but I think she looks almost spot-on as Black Cat. Just dye her hair white.

  8. Based on the interview, it came across as she was playing Felicia Hardy in this movie, and won’t go into the costume until later. I wonder f her traumatic event will be the post credit scene? Not graphically of course, maybe just right before it happens.

  9. in the throw bac cartoon her father was bein held by nick an them aka shield soooooo…..but she might show her face towards the end of part 2

  10. lol @ that interview. They threw her a fast ball and her hesitation was priceless.

  11. Okay, it’s rather long and I apologize but this is what I would do with The Amazing Spider-Man franchise.

    TASM2: Keep Electro and Rhino, Uncle Ben’s killer returns, tease Osborn becoming Green Goblin at end of movie,

    -How I’d make it work: Rhino and Electro are main villains and Uncle Ben’s killer serves as a minor role appearing about halfway through the movie and filling up the bulk of the emotional plot, the rest would be Gwen and Peter’s relationship. Near the end we see Osborn consulting with a scientist (The Jackal, Miles Warren) about the Oz formula (Ultimate Universe) and the post credits/mid credits scene is Osborn taking the Oz formula to cure himself (since he was dying in TASM)

    TASM3: Green Goblin, Death of Gwen Stacy, introduce the Jackal and start the Clone Saga

    -How I’d make it work: Peter graduates college and works at Oscorp with Gwen. Green Goblin is the only antagonist of the film, Mary Jane and Harry start getting closer with Peter, near the end of the movie Gwen is killed and Spider-Man and GG fight (like from the actual comics or the scene form SM1) except GG doesn’t die, he escapes after brutally beating Peter. Miles Warren gets fired from Oscorp early on in the movie and in post credits scene you see him working on Ben Reilly, the clone of Peter. Peter quits at Oscorp and starts doing freelance at the Daily Bugle

    TASM4: Venom/Black Suit, Black Cat, Kingpin, Death Of Green Goblin and continue Clone Saga,

    -How I’d make it work: The symbiote gets here like in the 90′s Spider-Man (space ship crash lands, Spider-Man helps save them) Kingpin is accused of crimes but gets away with it so with the new black suit he goes to investigate and runs into Black Cat. They start to develope a relationship, Peter and Mary Jane start dating at the end of the movie once he and Black Cat are through. GG appears somewhere throughout the film and is the secondary antagonist and is eventually killed 3/4 of the way through the movie. About 1/4 through the movie Ben Reilly shows up and Peter is skeptical at first but they slowly start to rely on each other and eventually take down Jackal a little before they defeat GG. Ben becomes the Scarlet Spider and Harry and Peter start growing apart torwards the end. Halfway through Peter sheds his black suit and and Eddie gets it becoming Venom but has a minor role and escapes near the end.

    TASM5: Chameleon, Scorpion, finish Clone Saga, Death of Aunt May

    -How I’d make it work: Peter proposes to MJ but she says no at first. Chameleon commits a series of crimes and frames Spider-Man. Daily Bugle puts out reward for Spidey and he is forced to go underground. Jameson hires Scorpion (as in the comics) to catch Spidey and bring him in, during the final battle with Scorpion Ben Reilly is killed. Peter and MJ are still dating, Peter and Harry have stopped being friends and Harry slowly starts going insane and has a bit of a minor role. Aunt May becomes sick and Peter needs to get the cure like in the Master Planner storyline (aunt may gets sick bc he gave her a blood transfusion but his blood is radiated and he goes to get the cure but it gets stolen by Doc Ock) except Chameleon steals it and Peter eventually gets it back but not in time and she dies 3/4 through. Peter decides to take revenge on Chameleon but doesn’t follow through and clears his name. Last half hour Harry becomes the next GG, Black Cat makes a few appearances to try and reconcile and get back with Peter but he doesn’t want to so they just become friends. Peter and Mary Jane get married.

    TASM6: Sinister Six (Venom, Green Goblin (Harry), Lizard, Scorpion, Rhino, Electro)

    -How I’d make it work: A couple of inmates breakout of Ravencroft and Venom meets up with them and they all go after Spidey, Black Cat comes back and helps Spiderman fight the Sinister Six. Eventually around 3/4 of the way through the film the SS is defeated but GG escapes. Harry heads back to Oscorp and takes a second dose of the Oz formula, Peter gets a staff job at the Daily Bugle. MJ tries to help Harry but it causes problems between her and Peter bc he feels Harry is past saving, but she eventually convinces him to at least try and talk to Harry one more time so he goes to Oscorp but Harry attacks him and they start fighting in the Oscorp building and Harry has set a bunch of bombs in the building and be starts the time. Peter is only able to disarm about half and Oscorp explodes. They start fighting during middle of the explosion but the Oz starts to poison Harry and he dies.

  12. It’s so encouraging what they’re doing with this franchise now. It really seems like they have a plan in place and that’s pretty much all I could ask for.

    The fact that I liked the first movie, plus all of the casting news gives me hope that the next movies in the series will be good if not great. Let’s hope so.

  13. I hope they go with the ‘Spectacular Spiderman’ origin for her – had something to do with Cap’ America if my memory serves…

  14. One thing I’ll say for spidey comics, they alway had plenty of interesting female characters. Black Cat, MJ, Gwen, Silver Sable…
    one epic battle in a Spectacular spidey was when spidey got the capt universe powers and fought Titania.

    And over the years spidey has had plenty of allies/vigilante/anti-heros like black cat, such as Puma, but felicia always saves his neck in the nick of time. When spidey lost his powers once, she was the only thing that kept Scorpion from turning a powerless peter into a shishkabob.

  15. No way she is coping cat woman this have kraven the hunter and the beetle Now come on she acts like cat woman and trying to dress like her,

  16. NOPE. No, no, no, no, no, NO! NOPE.
    She’s not going to be Felicia, she’s my favorite character in the Marvel Universe. She can’t just ruin that. Nope and NO.

    • YES. Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes! yep.
      She’s going to be Felicia, she’s my favorite character in the Marvel Universe. She can just rock that. yep and yep.

  17. I really hope black cat is in this movie she can really back spider-man up against sinister 6 because 2 against 6 is no problem for them