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Mania is reporting a rumor that Rachel McAdams has met with the producers of Spider-Man 4 to play the role of Black Cat. The female cat burglar has long been rumored to be part of the next installment of Sam Raimi’s big screen Spider-Man series, although there has never been any confirmation of such. If true, she would likely be one of two rivals in the fourth movie (technically, she is more of an anti-hero/love intere st). Many people assume that the other villain would be The Lizard. Black Cat would be a good addition to the film series as she would fit into both Peter Parker’s personal and private superhero storylines.

Created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Keith Pollard, Black Cat first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #194, published in July 1979. While the character is sometimes confused as a copy of DC Comics’ Catwoman, the character actually predates the look of the Batman villain by almost a decade. The daughter of a world-renowned cat burglar, Black Cat first met Spider-Man while trying to break her father out of prison. Felicia quickly fell in love with Spidey and looked for a way to earn his trust while continuing with the Black Cat persona as “a misguided attempt to attract his affection.”

Discuss: Do you think McAdams would be a good choice to play Black Cat?

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The Trick’r Treat special screenings continue, as do the Q&As with director Michael Dougherty. At last night’s presentation at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, the director was joined by Dylan Baker. Amidst the slew of reportedly dull and dumb questions, two things of note became clear. One: somebody in the audience was thinking that Baker looks like William H. Macy; and two: Baker is coming back for another go around in the Spider-Man film franchise.

You may recall that he appeared in the most recent two Spider-Man films as Dr. Curt Connors, the man who – as per the comics at least – is fated to turn into Spidey’s scaly foe, The Lizard.

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Gary Ross To Write/Direct Venom Movie

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Sony has been developing a Marvel Comics spin-off of the Spider-Man villain Venom for some time now, but I never actually believed it would happen. Screenwriting team Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese had written two drafts on the character before moving on to Zombieland. And before Wernick/Reese, the company had previously commissioned Jacob Estes (Mean Creek) to pen a take. It seemed like one of those projects that was just doomed to development heck. Apparently not…

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Spider-Man 4 Going IMAX on May 5, 2011

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IMAX and Sony Columbia have today announced that the fourth film in their money-spinning Spider-Man franchise will hit both traditional cinema screens and the global network of IMAX theatres on May 5, 2011. Like the IMAX release of Spider-Men 3 and 2 before it, this will be via the up-scaling technology that takes the 35mm master and digitally pumps it up a bit for IMAX screens.

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The world’s most A-grade B-actor, Bruce Campbell, was stopped at the red carpet premiere of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and pressed for details on the upcoming Spider-Man 4. Seeing as he’s had a role in each of the three Sam Raimi Spidey pictures so far it wasn’t too much of a stretch to assume he’d be on the call sheet for the next go around too. Not only did he confirm that, he also claimed a January start date for the project. But what could he reveal about his appearance in the film?

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Steve (from Collider) and I had a plan. Over the weekend we came up with a bunch of subjects we wanted to talk about and we had every intention of recording a video blog Monday afternoon. But…Disney and Marvel made us alter our plans. Due to their $4 Billion dollar merger, we spent Monday talking about what the merger meant and what cool stuff might happen as a result of it.

But now we’re back on point and it’s time for our new video blog that covers a lot of subjects. In part one of our two part conversation, Steve and I talk about whether or not director Neill Blomkamp should do a sequel to Distrcit 9 or make a new, original movie. We then debate if Pixar/Disney releasing the Toy Story as a double feature is a mistake, or if it’s still going to make a ton of money despite the 3 hour running time. Finally, we talk about Spider-Man 4,5, and 6 and what we think Sony is going to do with the franchise. Take a look after the jump.

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Some small superhero news today. First up is a weird bit of casting. According to EW, Cameron Diaz has been offered the female lead role in WB’s Green Hornet, where she’d be opposite Seth Rogen, working for director Michel Gondry. That’s a weird offer…maybe a couple years after The Mask it would have made sense, or even around the Charlie’s Angels era. But Diaz has fallen into the romcom zone, and it’s more difficult to see it working now. Nothing against Diaz; it just seems like a weird fit. But then, we know very very little about this film. Maybe Rogen, co-writer Evan Goldberg and Gondry have come up with something no one expects, where she makes more sense.

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It’s a slow news day so I thought I’d write about one of the rumors that hit over the weekend that we didn’t write about. A scooper wrote in to ComingSoon claiming that actor Michael Papajohn revealed during a Wizard World Philadelphia Q&A that he would be reprising his role as the original carjacker who killed Uncle Ben in Spider-Man 4.

If true, this leaves a few possibilities: He could return to film a flashback sequence that would reveal more about Uncle Ben’s death, or somehow reveal that Flint Marko wasn’t actually the killer. Anyone who has seen the first Spider-Man film knows that Peter Parker chases him into a warehouse, where the killer trips and falls from a window to his death. Could he still somehow be alive? Last we heard, Sam Raimi was still waiting for David Lindsay-Abaire to finish the script, and usually supporting roles aren’t cast until a more definite storyline is in hand. Maybe he could return to become a full fledged super-powered villain? What do you guys think?

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New York Post blogger Reed Tucker has been speaking to producer Todd Black. Their chat was ostensibly about Tony Scott’s The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 rehash though Tucker valiantly swung in with a few Spider-Man 4 questions too. Black gamely discussed the involvement of Kirsten Dunst, the villain they have in mind for the movie (what? only one?), and the rumoured wedding between Peter Parker and MJ. But what did he reveal? It’s all coming up, right after this break…

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