It’s been long assumed that, like DeHaan, Jones (another rising star) was being courted to play villain-turned-hero (and Spider-Man’s hot/cold love interest) Black Cat – if only for the potential to spin the character off into her own franchise. However, from Jones’ description, it seems that one of the following scenarios is possible:
- She’s a re-imagined version of Black Cat/Felicia Hardy (hence the word “accomplice” – a reference to Cat’s career as a criminal).
- She’s one of (or a composite of) the female love interests who have appeared in Harry and/or Norman Osborn’s life over the years, such as Liz Allan (from old-school Spidey comics) or (more likely) Lilly Hollister, who goes on to become her own version of the Green Goblin, known as Menace.
- She’s a new character created for the film.
For my money, I’m betting on option #2. They already cut Mary Jane Watson from Amazing Spider-Man 2 in order to focus on Peter and Gwen Stacy (and some possible tragic developments in that relationship), so adding Black Cat (yet another love interest) to the mix seems a less likely than simply giving Harry Osborn his own love interest. And, Lilly Hollister/Menace would certainly fit Jones’ description of being on the dark side of things.
If you don’t know, Menace was Harry’s girlfriend who happened to discover one of Norman Osborn’s Goblin lairs and was exposed to his Goblin serum, giving her the ability to transform into her own Goblin creature. Menace is even stronger than the Osborn boys in Goblin form, with just as many nasty weapons and gadgets up her sleeve. A third act twist revealing Jones as a super powered threat would indeed catch a lot of fans off guard – which is why I’m placing my bet on that very scenario.
We’ll know more after Comic-Con 2013 – but until then, what do YOU make of this?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.
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