Last month, IESB reported a rumor claiming that Spider-Man 4 had been put on hold due to disputes over an incomplete script. According to the report, director Sam Raimi was at odds with the studio over who the big villain of the fourth film should be (Raimi is fighting for Vulture), and that several department heads working on the production, internally referred to as SPIDER-M4N, has been notified that the film had been put on “an indefinite hold.” Sony was quick to issue a statement denying the report, and MTV‘s sources claimed that a break/hiatus for the Holidays was always planned, and the production would resume “early next year”.

Nikki Finke, who is always on top of the Mrvel news stories and obviously has some high up sources within the company, has confirmation that production was indeed shut down on the film, despite Sony’s denial to the contrary.

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Take this one with a big grain of salt for right now. (Really, just lean towards disbelief.) There’s a report, based on anonymous sources, that Spider-Man 4 — or Spider-M4n, as the studio is reportedly referring to the sequel — is in trouble. Villain indecision is supposedly leading to an unfinished script and an unhappy Sam Raimi. There’s precedent enough to lend vague creedence to this, but it could also be just another part of the development process, or total bullshit. Read on… Read More »


This is where those Black Cat stories from a few weeks back get really interesting. It’s also where some purists start throwing little fits.

New reports have John Malkovich and Anne Hathaway in the frame for roles in the new Spider-Man picture as father and daughter villains. Malkovich would be playing The Vulture, and Hathaway would be playing The Vulturess.

The who…? You might be surprised, if not outright appalled, when you read just who she is…

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Nikki Finke, who in the past has proven to have sources deep within Marvel Entertainment, is now reporting that producers are very interested in casting Anne Hathaway in a “starring role” in Spider-Man 4.

If you’ve been following the rumor mill for the last few days, then you’ve heard a bunch of different names supposedly in consideration for the new female lead role, rumored to be Black Cat, in the Spider-man fourquel including Rachel McAdams (who has since denied the reports), Romola Garai (who auditioned for the role), and Julia Stiles (who also met with casting directors). All four actresses fall into the near 30-year-old age range. Hathaway is the only one of the bunch who has a vastly different look, and darker hair. I know we’re probably all getting tired of this “take a meeting” casting talk, and would rather just know the final name, but we’re just reporting the information available to us, as we get it. Speaking of which…

Update: My UK friend Ben Mortimer has gotten his hands on a leaked production document, which he revealed on Twitter: The entire short list of actresses in consideration for the role is available here.

Discuss: What do you think of Anne Hathaway for the role of Black Cat?

Julia Stiles Also in the Running For Spider-Man 4

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Sure, Rachel McAdams has denied being cast in Spider-Man 4 as Black Cat, and Sony Pictures calls the web reports mearly “internet rumor”, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a bit of truth to the story.

UGO has learned that Julia Stiles has met with a casting company in New York City to discuss joining Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4, and we’re pretty confident the role is still that of Peter Parker’s love interest/antagnonist Black Cat.

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Rachel McAdams Denies Spider-Man 4 Casting Rumor

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Remember that rumor that popped up last week claiming that Rachel McAdams had been cast in Spider-Man 4 as Black Cat? McAdams has responded, calling it pure internet rumor… but is it?

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Is Peter Parker a Father in Spider-Man 4?

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It appears that Sony is on the search for a 2 year old Caucasian toddler with red hair for the upcoming comic book sequel Spider-Man 4. SpoilerTV has intercepted a casting notice for the film, which strangely only features one role, a character named “Toddler Boy”.

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There’s clearly some heavy auditioning going on down at the Spider-Man 4 big-shot hang out, with Sam Raimi reportedly turning over both Rachel McAdams and Romola Garai during his trawl for a potential female lead. What has been less clear, but I guess only marginally, is just what character the lucky lady to eventually be handed this key role will get to play.

According to new information, however, it would seem beyond doubt and now a dead cert that Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat, is in. Better still, there’s some basic information about her story arc bubbling up…

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Earlier today a rumor broke that Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man 4 as the anti-hero/love conflict Black Cat. We didn’t know if this was true, or just another one of the countless internet superhero rumors. I still can’t confirm the validity of the story, but a /Film reader named Ambrose H forwarded me a link that at least confirms two parts of the story:

  1. Sam Raimi and Co are already casting the feature
  2. They are looking for a new female lead

Not only that, but Romola Garai has auditioned for the role. Garai is a 27-year-old British actress who starred in Amazing Grace, The Other Man and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

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Rumor: Rachel McAdams as Black Cat in Spider-Man 4

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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.┬áBlack 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?