Last week, Screen Rant reported on a bombshell of a rumor related to Spider-Man 4. According to an "inside source" for Movieline, John Malkovich and Anne Hathaway were in talks to join the cast of the film as Spidey villains The Vulture and The Vulturess.
At the time, fan reaction ranged from "Umm...what?" to "Worst. Idea. Ever." There was also a lot of "Who the hell is the Vulturess?" which has led some to speculate that the new character is just a ruse or a code name for something else entirely.
The prospect of creating a new character for the franchise, when there are already so many good Spidey villains to choose from, was certainly a big pill for many fans to swallow. Up until that rumor, most speculation among fans had pointed to Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat, being the primary villain (with Hathaway herself touted as a potential candidate to play the famous femme-fatale). Of course, if I had my way, we'd finally be seeing a worthwhile version of the Kingpin on the big screen, but that's just my opinion.
Anyway, when you're given a new rumor every week (we've already wondered about Mysterio, Carnage, and The Lizard), you have to take every possibility into consideration, which is why MTV took the opportunity to question Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire about the Vulture/Vulturess combo. Unsurprisingly, Maguire was tight-lipped about the rumors, saying he would "plead the Fifth and not say anything" about Spider-Man 4. To see Maguire beg off MTV's questions, watch the video here.
Does Maguire's silence mean that the Vulture/Vulturess rumors might be true? Honestly, at this point, does it really even matter? We've heard so many crazy rumors about this movie that I'm already losing interest in it. Right now, the only things that we know about Spider-Man 4 for sure are that it begins filming in 2010 with an expected release date of May 5, 2011.
Beyond that, it seems like pretty much everything is up for speculation. Of course, I'd hate for my indifference to rub off on all of you loyal Screen Rant readers, so let me extend the Vulture/Vulturess debate.
Given that it's been over a week since we first heard this rumor, have your feelings changed? If so, why? Second, if Vulture/Vulturess turns out to be a dead-end, what's the best option for Spider-Man 4?