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.
History: 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
History: 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
History: 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.
History: 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...
History: 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
History: 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
History: 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?