Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spider-Man 4 on the horizon; I bring the fantasy booking

Hell, anything would be better than Peter "Jazz Hands" Parker aping John Travolta in #3, ya heard?

Spider-Man 4 should totally include the Sinister Six. No question. And it should be one of those "one movie split into two parts" deals, like "Kill Bill." Kill Gwen Stacy. Or "Horseteeth" Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane, and bring in Felicia Hardy. But going with the Six, don’t go with the original Sinister Six – Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Mysterio, Sandman, Kraven, and Electro – because, 1) Doctor Octopus is dead in the film canon; 2) Sandman ended up getting a ghetto pass from Spidey in 3, so they’d have to establish his villainy somehow (which actually wouldn’t be hard); and, 3) it would involve too much distracting exposition to try to establish at least four new characters.

My humble solution to this conundrum is to employ the following Sinister Six line-up:

Hobgoblin: A new character, but easy to establish; just subplot a theft of the Osborne research & development equipment from a military official or gang-affiliated character. You could even pull off a Michael Clarke Duncan cameo, reprising his Kingpin role from "Daredevil." Or at least John Rhys-Davies, reprising his Kingpin role from "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk."

Lizard: Dylan Baker has been ushering in the role of Dr. Curt Connors since the first film, so I’m just waiting for them to turn him into the Lizard. Dude ain’t getting any younger, so hurry it the fuck on up.

Mysterio: A must! Gotta be an over-the-top villain, and maybe even the character that steals the show from the other actors. Plus, the illusions & magic gimmick would be great to pull off with CGI, some clever writing, etc.

Sandman: Make him a right bastard, or write in a blackmail plot that gets him on the team. Thomas Haden Church was pretty good in this role, even if Marko was unfortunately written as an emo kid.

Venom: Established in 3, and not given nearly enough to do; make him the leader/ recruiter, which would give Topher Grace the opportunity to really go over the top with his smarmy Eddie Brock character, which, in my opinion, was one of few saving graces of 3.

Electro/ Vulture: Rumor has it that these two have been on Raimi’s short list of villains for some time. So, either one of them or both of them would make the list. Ben Kingsley or Malcolm McDowall as the Vulture would be alright. Of course, if the idea is to introduce the most amount of characters in the least amount of time, drop Mysterio and throw in these guys as a two-fer, as Mysterio is infinitely more interesting of a character and would usher in a film all on his own, with the right actor and the right script.

So, there you go. Six villains – two already established in other films, two that build off of characters or concepts already established in the previous films, and two all new villains that could be ushered in at a discount price.

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