We can all have a collective sigh of relief, Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire have signed on to Spider-Man 4 and 5! With them on board, it’ll only be a matter of time before Kristen Dunst signs on the dotted line. Bryce Dallas Howard is ready to go back to work as Gwen Stacey, and I think we can assume J.K. Simmons, Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi will be back to steal scenes. The only big question mark is who will Spider-man face in the film? Villains like Man-Wolf and Carnage have been set up in earlier films, but I doubt we’ll see either of them. Who would I like to see Spider-Man take on? Read on for my thoughts.
Asides from Man-Wolf and Carnage, one of Spider-Man’s most beloved villains has been set up to take center stage. That would be…
Dylan Baker brought Dr. Curt Connors to life in both Spider-Man 2 and 3, and no other villain would be as organic to the series. Plus, Sam Raimi has mentioned in the past his love for the character, who also happens to be a fan favorite. As we learned with Raimi’s take on Venom in Spider-Man 3, it is always better to have a director that really cares about a character, and isn’t forcing them into the film due to an egar studio.
If the Lizard is apart of Spider-Man 4, I think they would have to bring in a more sinister character to add a real dynamic to the film and keep things fresh. The Lizard’s story in the comics is very similar to how they presented Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2. So, who would be better to hunt down both the Lizard and Spider-Man, but…
Kraven the Hunter!
He is just as quick and strong as Spider-Man, which would make their fight across Manhattan memorable. Not to mention that Spider-Man would have to deal with both Kraven and the Lizard, who he’d have to protect from Kraven, while trying to stop him from hurting innocents or himself.
Kraven is also an interesting villain because hes far from evil. He has an animal urge and a desire for the hunt, but he only goes after his prey.
Of course, I could be way off base assuming that the Lizard would be one of the key villains. If the Lizard isn’t in the film, than I couldn’t imagine that Kraven would be used. Which leads me to…
Also one of Raimi’s favorites, the Vulture is one of Spider-Man’s original rogues, and there were a lot of rumors that he was the preferred villain by Raimi for Spider-Man 3. That was before the studio made him replace Vulture with Venom. Visually, the Vulture would be better than both Kraven and the Lizard, as he flies through the air trading blows with Spidy. Also, a villain that is able to steal youth could be a great way to show Peter Parker growing up and moving forward in life.
Now, who says that every villain needs to be the big bad? For once, I’d finally like to see Spider-Man face someone stronger than a mugger in one of the film’s fighting montages or the opening of the film. That’s why I’d propose them throwing this guy into the mix…
While I wouldn’t want to see this guy anchor the film, I think he could be used for a really cool fight sequence. We don’t need to know his origin, or motives, I just want to see a straight up fight between him and the webslinger showing that the Spider-Man universe is made up of a lot of extra ordinary characters.
There are of course a lot of other interesting villains in Spider-Man’s rogue gallery; Shocker, Hobgoblin, Kingpin, Tombstone, Chameleon, Morbius… the list could go on for hours. Who would you like to see Spider-Man fight in the next movie?