John Malkovich Confirms Vulture in Spider-Man 4?

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With the mess that is the delay and behind-the-scenes dispute over villains between Sony and director Sam Raimi, it looks like we just may have a positive piece of news pushing the film in the right direction from a development standpoint. That is, the direction that the film may be made on time…

While appearing on the Italian sports show Quelli Che il Calcio, Malkovich spoke about his involvement and confirmed that he is set to play the villain known as the Vulture in Spider-Man 4.

There’s no word on the other rumor about Anne Hathaway playing Vulturess and I think most of us hope it stays that way.

Thanks to the folks at for sharing the news and info with us, we have a little summary of what was 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.”

We had already seen confirmation that there are production delays for Spider-Man 4 thanks to a scoop from IESB, later confirmed by THR. This was further emphasized when Marvel moved up the release date of next summer”s Thor to the same weekend Spider-Man 4 currently sits. Obviously, Marvel and Sony won’t have both big budget super heroes competing for the opening weekend of summer 2011 so we can expected Spider-M4n to be pushed.

We knew from before that Raimi wants Vulture as the feature villain but Sony seemingly wants Black Cat or another villain who’s currently hot in the Spidey books right now. With what Malkovich is saying here, we know he’d definitely been in talks to play the part and he likely will, pending the final script treatment (if Sony and Raimi can agree on it).

Here’s a fan-made Spider-Man 4 poster which now seems more appropriate:

Spider Man 4 fanmade poster Vulture 280x420 John Malkovich Confirms Vulture in Spider Man 4?

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What do you think of John Malkovich playing Vulture in Spider-Man 4 and what other villain(s) would you like to see?

Trivia: John Malkovich was offered the role of the Green Goblin in the first Spider-Man but turned it down, allowing Willem Dafoe to take the spot. At least he gets to play another green dude, right?

Stay tuned for more news and confirmations as it comes in at Screen Rant!


Fan-made poster from HeyUGuys

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  1. @ Rob
    I think you misunderstood my comment. I too think Malkovich is a great actor and feel that if The Vulture is going to be in the movie, he is the perfect person for the role.

    I think the Sandman thing is exactly the point people are trying to make. He, like a lot of the villains in the Spider-Man movies, was never truly evil. Which is kind of a letdown. I really want to see a deliciously evil villain who kills anybody who gets in his way. I want to see murderers!

  2. @ the comment about the sinister 6
    as awesome as it may sound i doubt they would do that, sony it to F***ing stupid to think of something as epic as sinister 6 movie, or avengers

    this could be interesting seeing as the vulture is a somewhat thief (in the game he is, not to sure about the comics) and so is black cat.

    if they did have the lizard in, it would only make sense to add kraven in there to, to hunt not only lizard but spiderman as well, there could be a mutual friendship between kraven and spidey to stop lizard and he could at the end turn on him.

  3. I think it’s pathetic that you would steal news from SUPERHEROHYPE and claim it as your own. You basically took the first two paragraphs and slightly reworded it. NOT COOL.

  4. I think Vulture could be cool. I was ready for a Morbius / Lizard movie, though.

    I have no idea where are they are trying to go. But, at least it seems like Raimi is getting his top choice for the villain.

    Let’s hope this isn’t a debacle like SP3.

  5. OMG. Still trying to chum Vulture down our throats. And to appease us by saying no Vulturess now. WTF? NO means NO! No Vulture. No Vultress. No Raimi. REBOOT the franchise already UNLESS you can say Spidey 3 never happened and give us a real Venom villian.

  6. @ M-Cat

    Vin Diesel is an excellent choice for Venom, I can actually picture that, the huge Eddie Brock doing weights and hating Spiderman/Peter.

    Morbius is still the best choice, make him a real monster of a person, no redemption, just pure evil. And kill off Mary Jane, that would give Spiderman some motivation at the very least. Make him think Morbius did it, but later reveal it was in fact the Lizzard!

  7. meh Im all for the Vulture. JM is a great actor and brings depth to almost anything he does. Vultress… /vomit.

  8. Curt Conners has been in the last two films. It’s time for that Lizard storyline to bear fruit already. Why bother to keep putting him in the movies and then not have it payoff?

  9. They’re bound to tie up the whole curt conners thing, in the next few installments.

    I think Spidey 4 will be Raimi’s swan song, with Parker vs. Vulture and a drastic change in his home life. (May dies or MJ leaves him for work on a soap opera in Hollywood, which she actually did in the comics) this leaves Peters’ door wide open (probably because his landlord still hasn’t fixed it) Open for Felicia Hardy. Cue intro.

    Spidey 5 (reboot with new peter and new director) Spidey vs. Kraven and Lizard. and felicia. (modeled after “Kraven’s last Hunt” with Lizard replacing Vermin.

    Spidey 6 could be two

    either: A New venom tale with Carnage (for the younger fans)


    as all the signs are showing, the Sinister Six. The question is which sinister six?, their line-up varied over the years.

    so far, sandman, vulture, doc ock… and if that’s the plan then movie’s 4 and 5 have to set it up. Who knows? But Black Cat would be an helpful ally against 6 super-villains. In the comics, Black Cat saved the webheads’ keister when he lost his powers. Just a prediction. Any thoughts?

  10. DrSam

    that’s a good idea for MJ, morbius and the lizard. We are usually on the same page.

  11. A Sinister Six movie would be horrible. I can’t believe people are advocating for that. How on Earth would you fit all that into a movie (and because it’s a superhero movie, there’s going to be a strong push to keep it short). More villains does not equal more good, even if those villains actually appeared together in the comics. The last thing we need is another Spiderman 3, or X-Men 3, or Batman & Robin, or Pirates of the Caribbean anything but 1. Character development, mood, story, plot – all these things get thrown out the window when you try to cram too much into a single movie.

  12. To make the Sinister Six work they would have to make it a two-part story.

  13. Wow. I heard about Raimi and Maguire bailing from the project a few days ago, but I had no idea that Malkovich had been locked down to play Vulture. He would have been amazing. Now I'm even more disappointed.

    Sony's going to completely ruin this franchise.

  14. Wow. I heard about Raimi and Maguire bailing from the project a few days ago, but I had no idea that Malkovich had been locked down to play Vulture. He would have been amazing. Now I'm even more disappointed.

    Sony's going to completely ruin this franchise.