We Cast 7 Classic Villains For Spiderman 4

Here's who should play Morbius' mates...

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So, it looks like Morbius is going to be the main villain in Spider-Man 4.

Good news, because if there's anything Spider-Man 3 taught us, it's that Sam Raimi knows how to handle the classic villains (Sandman) but he should be kept as far away from modern baddies as possible (Venom).

Just in case he's currently considering teaming up Morbius with Carnage, we've decided to help him pick some old-school villains, and we've told him who should play them. Because we're kind like that.

7. Scorpion

Originally a private eye hired by J Jonah Jameson to find out Spiderman’s secret identity, Marc Gangan entered into a mutagenic programme to bond his DNA with an animal picked specifically to be best suited to kill a Spiderman – a scorpion. The experiment drove Gangan insane, turning him against both Spider-Man and Jameson.

Why he’s a fit for Raimi’s Spider-Man: His costume is a mix between Green Goblin’s gear and Doctor Octopus’ tentacles (except this time it’ll be a tail that’ll be whipping around CGI style) and his thuggish appearance mirrors Sandman’s. Just don’t ret-con him to be Aunt May’s executioner, please.

Who should play him: totalfilm.com hero Jason Statham is due a step-up to the big leagues, after being the best thing in action franchises like The Transporter and Crank. Scorpion’s personality mix of low wit and high aggression is essentially a metaphor for those flicks. Sorry Jason.

6. The Vulture

Adrian Toomes was once an inventor for an electronics company. Forced to turn to crime after his partner ruined his reputation by embezzling funds, Toomes used a flight harness of his own invention (which handily gave him superhuman strength as well as the power of flight), to become The Vulture.

Why he’s a fit for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man: Raimi’s talked about him before, possibly because his history is tragic enough to fit into Sam’s cinematic vision of sympathetic Spider-Man villains.

Who should play him: Patrick Stewart’s done Marvel before in the X-Men flicks – let’s hope they still have his number; he’s Vulture’s doppelganger.

5. Kraven The Hunter

Kraven is a crazed big game hunter who wants to capture and kill our hero to prove he’s the best hunter in the world. Uses a serum similar to Spider-Man’s to give him super-strength and agility.

Why he’s a fit for Sam Raimi’s Spiderman: He’s already been updated in the Ultimate universe as the host of a reality show who hunts down dangerous animals and considers Spider-Man to be the ultimate trophy. That’s a pretty good starting point for Spider-Man 4.

Who should play him: Another X-Men alumni, Hugh Jackman. Like the modern Kraven, Jackman is Australian and has just the right mix of theatricality and menace to make him credible.

4. Electro

A product of a broken home, Maxwell Dillon turned to a life of crime after a freak lightning accident turned him into a human electrical capacitor. Like so many other super criminals, he robbed J Jonah Jameson, leading the cigar-chomping newsman to accuse him of being in cahoots with Spider-Man.

Why he’s a fit for Sam Raimi’s Spiderman: Electro’s inferiority complex is the source of several laughs in the comic-books – fitting the tone of Raimi’s Spider-Man like a black suit.

Who should play him: Casey Affleck. Electro’s essentially Robert Ford with the ability to manipulate electricity, after all...

3. Mysterio

Making his debut way back in 1964, Mysterio’s origin story reads like it could’ve been conceived today. Quentin Beck was a geeky SFX wizard from California, with big Hollywood ambitions. When his attempts to become a director failed miserably, Beck decided to make his name by killing Spider-Man, using his gift for illusions in place of powers.

Why he’s a fit for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man: His Hollywood history would satisfy Raimi’s predilection for in-jokes, and the high-concept, SFX guy goes evil, is a perfect fit for Spider-Man’s cutting-edge CGI.

Who should play him: Quentin Tarantino. Okay, so he’s not the best actor, but he won’t be required to emote, Mysterio spends most of his time under a massive goldfish bowl style mask. And it’d be the ultimate Hollywood in-joke...

2. The Chameleon

Master of disguise Dmitri Smerdyakov worked with Kraven The Hunter to take down Spider-Man. Once he realised that a fake beard and the occasional bit of mascara wasn’t enough, The Chameleon ingested a serum which made his face permanently featureless and malleable.

Why he’s a fit for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man: Essentially a more gruesome version of Sandman, The Chameleon’s in this list mainly because he’d look cool on the big screen.

Who should play him: Anyone and everyone.

1. The Black Cat

Felicia Hardy first put on the Black Cat costume to break her father – an accomplished cat burglar – out of prison. The same night, Hardy met and fell in love with Spider-Man and followed in her father’s footsteps to attract Spider-Man’s attention. Over the years she’s moved from supervillain to superhero, even having a relationship with Parker at one stage, but her criminal instincts do still occasionally kick-in...

Why she’s a fit for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man: Black Cat would inject a much needed gutsy girl into the Spider-Man franchise. Unlike Mary Jane, she’s not a screamer, and can hold her own against the super-villain set. Also, wouldn’t it be cool to beat Batman 3 to the cat-burglar punch?

Who should play her: Angelina, anyone?


    • PabloDiablo

      Jan 16th 2009, 16:23

      Although I'm sure they could do some great electricity based set-pieces, Electro has probably the s**ttest, campest costume of all time, that would never translate to the big screen. Any other comers for the s**ttest costume award?

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    • sowasred2012

      Jan 16th 2009, 18:19

      Typo alert - it's Mac Gargan, not Marc Gangan. I'd go for someone like Michelle Monaghan for Black Cat.

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    • mightymick

      Jan 17th 2009, 0:03

      This is possibly THE WORST hypothetical casting I've seen in ages. Statham? TARANTINO?? As if the news of Morbius being the villain weren't terrible enough already...

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    • paddydebeast

      Jan 17th 2009, 2:42

      Yeah, yer ma.

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    • pigeon92

      Jan 18th 2009, 14:45

      Vulture: Ben Kingsley, he has a more slender look to his face than Patrick Stewart. Also, people will recognize Professor Xavier, and have a hard time getting past that in another marvel movie. Kraven the Hunter: Not Hugh Jackman, someone larger would be better. Also, same problem as Patrick Stewart, too easily recognized as another marvel character will make it difficult for fans to believe the character. Mysterio: Quentin Tarantino would likely try to do his own thing with the character, and probably ruin it. The Chameleon: Doug Jones, the actor that played the Silver Surfer and Abe Sapien. He won't have the problem of character recognition that Patrick Stewart or Hugh Jackman would have as the level of makeup on the characters portrayed before make him unrecognizable for the most part.

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    • paddydebeast

      Jan 19th 2009, 11:26

      ok this is THE dream cast...Johnny Depp as Electro. Marilyn Manson as Vulture,Chris Rock as Kraven and Kate Winslet as everyone else.

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    • GrandiaKnight

      Jan 20th 2009, 9:50

      I thought Mysterio was going to be played by Bruce Campbell? ALthough Quentin Tarantino would be very funny!

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    • filbert77

      May 4th 2009, 16:08

      Okay. Firstly, All awesome old-school villains that should all be in the marvel movies at one stage (at least). Next, i think your ideas for casting are awesome- Statham as scorpian - genius! Seriously all perfectly fitting the criteria for looks and style. Though perhaps not all the best actors ever but spidey has been missing the comic-book humour that it once had in all the comics. One problem, However. Stewart and Jackman have both already starred in Marvel re-vamps which they are both idetified with world-wide. Although For kraven, Jackman could be hairyed-up mor than normal and giner which may work, if a little sketchy. (and stewarts a bit old to be flug around on wires isn't he? i love the guy but come on be realisitic...) But i'd rather have spiderman work with the X-Men for a film against the sinister six, than have them be played by stuart and Jackman. So, what about Morbius being the villain in the new movie? HELL-to-the-YEAH. If done well it should bring some scary stuff to the movies, because lets face it; we all felt like we could puch venom in the face and get away with it didnt we? Exactly. Good luck Mr Raimi!

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    • kuempfel

      Aug 4th 2009, 16:26

      If Scorpion was chosen for the new villain, it would mean that J. Jonah. Jameson would have to have a much larger role within the movie.

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