The level of intrigue surrounding The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is at an all-time high, as fan curiosity has moved on from director Marc Webb’s teaser photos and some revealing set photos released online, to rumors allegedly being leaked out of Sony - particularly where the female cast of the film is concerned.
Today we have some additional "girl talk" surrounding ASM2, as well as some new rumors about how Chris Cooper's Norman Osborn will fit into the sequel.
Needless to say - POTENTIAL AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 SPOILERS FOLLOW!!!!
FINAL SPOILER ALERT!!!!
Black Cat Revealed?
We'll start with ladies first: Debate has raged in the last few days about the additional women that Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) could soon have in his life. We learned that Mary Jane Watson's (Shailene Woodley) small cameo role had been cut from Amazing Spider-Man 2, with the assumption that Woodley (The Descendants) would be brought back for the already-confirmed Amazing Spider-Man 3. After that, there was some confusion regarding franchise new addition Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis), whom many fans thought was being positioned as a replacement for Woodley (however, that turned out NOT to be the case).
With MJ gone from ASM2, that left just one potential rival for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) to compete against: actress Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), who is playing a still-unnamed role that many fans have nonetheless speculated is in fact Spider-Man's on/off love interest, Felicia Hardy, a.k.a. Black Cat.
In a recent interview with the Telegraph UK, Jones described her Amazing Spider-Man 2 role in a way that has fanboys buzzing:
"It's TOP secret. I can tell you that she's sort of on the baddie's side, but I can't explain much more than that."
Any Spider-Man comic book fan knows that Black Cat started out as a thief who was attempting to break her father out of prison when she ran afoul of Spider-Man. After a career as a burglar and a stay in a mental institution, Hardy slowly but surely started to move toward the good guys' side, and struck up more than one romance with the web-slinger.
The fact that Jones refers to her character as "sort of on the baddie's side" certainly hints at that classic Black Cat story arc. In the comics, the character was also later submitted to a process that previously created animal-themed villains like The Scorpion and The Fly - which should be a clear indication of how her powers/origin could be modified to fit with the gene-spliced metahumans of the Amazing Spider-Man movie universe.
In short: At this point, if Jones ISN'T playing Black Cat, fans are likely to be disappointed...