[Potential spoilers ahead.]
Looks like our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man might have his hands full in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2. If Comic Book Movie is to be believed – and let’s face it, it could go either way with those guys – actor Colm Feore will be playing Vulture in Marc Webb’s sequel when it hits theaters on May 2nd, 2014.
This is interesting for a number of reasons. First off all, we already know that Jamie Foxx is playing Electro, Paul Giamatti is playing Rhino, and Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Osborne (aka the Green Goblin) in this sequel, so adding a fourth villain would be even crazier than the crowded playing field of villains found in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Toss in the conflicting love interests of Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) and Mary-Jane Watson (Shailene Woodley), and Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is going to have his hands full.
One thing to note is we’re not sure about the extent of Feore’s role in the movie, so it could be nothing more than the actor playing Adrian Toomes, The Vulture’s alter-ego, in the same way that Dylan Baker played Dr. Curt Connors in Raimi’s films but didn’t actually appear as The Lizard. But, if he does don the wings, this could be a set-up for the an epic face-off against the Sinister Six, some of Spidey’s biggest nemeses. It makes sense that the folks at Sony would want to drum up something big in order to compete with what Marvel has going with their Cinematic Universe, and bringing the Sinister Six into the equation would certainly get the fans talking. But is it too much too soon?
Of the original six, we already have Electro, Rhino, Green Goblin, and presumably Vulture, so that leaves three bad guys: Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, and Kraven the Hunter. Some (myself included) thought that the shadowy figure in the jail cell in the post-credits stinger of The Amazing Spider-Man may have been Mysterio, so there’s the chance that comes true and that character also appears in ASM 2. But the filmmakers will have to walk the fine line of introducing these iconic players without having the story get too fractured, which will be a tough task.
It’s also interesting to point out that John Malkovich was set to play Vulture in Spider-Man 4 before Sony and Sam Raimi went their separate ways, so for whatever reason, it seems the studio is keen on getting this character into the webslinger’s story sooner rather than later. Without an Iron Man movie dropping in May, it looks like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be the superhero movie to kick off the summer next year. Thoughts?
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