John Malkovich Confirms he was the Vulture in Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN 4

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Back in January, when Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire were still attached to Spider-Man 4, rumors were everywhere that John Malkovich was going to be in the film and he’d play the Vulture.

Well, it looks like the online rumors were very real, as I recently got to speak with Malkovich as part of a roundtable and he confirmed the online reports.  He also talked about his thoughts on being part of the Spider-Man universe and why, perhaps, the project fell apart.  Hit the jump for more:

john_malkovich__2_.jpgWhile it’s hard to believe, Malkovich thought he might have been the reason the film fell apart:

“Well, I think a lot of the people who sort of follow that genre… I’m not sure, I never really spoke with Sam about this, but I’m not sure they — maybe the kind of fanbase, the fanboys — either didn’t approve of that character as an adversary for him to some extent…or maybe the studio. Or maybe that was totally unrelated to why it fell apart.”

I then told him the fanboys and online community were extremely excited that he was going to be the Vulture.  So was he disappointed when the project fell apart?

“Yes [I was disappointed],” he says. “But because I like Sam and I like Toby [Maguire] and all that stuff, and the producers, two of whom I’d met before because I’d been offered the first [film] … I came to like them, so sure why not? But it didn’t play out.”

In case you were unaware, he was offered Green Goblin in the first Spider-Man.  I don’t know why he didn’t land the part.

While I’m not upset Spider-Man 4 fell apart, I would have loved to have seen Malkovich play the Vulture.  But…perhaps it’s still a possibility in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man universe.  After all, Sony is going to keep making Spider-Man movies as long as they make money.  Who knows what the future holds.

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  • nom79

    John Malkovich would have done a great job as Vulture. Let's hope that he is still in the plans for the remake/reboot…….whatever!

  • http://ciclotimia.blogspot.com/ [A]

    Bummer.

  • MCP

    To bad, he would of been great.
    Also, I'm glad the role of Green Goblin went to Dafoe, he did a great job as well and that smile of his really worked w/ the mask.

    Oh yea, I hope the new angst Spidey falls apart; stupid Sony.

    End of Line

  • Frank

    This whole mess is Sony's fault. Why in God's name would you kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?? They had a multi-billion dollar successful franchise with familiar cast members most of the world was enjoying…& you show those responsible for its success the damn door?! How incredibly stupid. How arrogant. Good luck trying to hold the attention of the fading fad of Twilight fans. It would have been so much better to have Raimi & Maguire & the rest continue to tell stories for as long as they wanted. You could've rebooted @ any point in time after that. Instead, you screw it up now. Nice job, morons.

  • MrRich316

    Why the vulture? Sign big John to play the Kingpin! If there is one character in the marvel universe that needs rebooted its the Kingpin. He needs it worse than Daredevil or Elektra.

  • Evan

    FYI: Malkovich turned SPIDER-MAN down; when he was asked about the rumor he was offered the Green Goblin, he gave a bored-sounding response about movies like SPIDER-MAN being a “business proposition”…totally looked down his nose at the idea. Wonder what changed? Maybe he gave all his Con-Air money to Bernie Madoff?

  • dogg

    Did we really want to see Malkovich in wings and tights? I like the guy, but come on. This had the potential of being a $150 million punchline.

  • Evan

    FYI: Malkovich turned SPIDER-MAN down; when he was asked about the rumor he was offered the Green Goblin, he gave a bored-sounding response about movies like SPIDER-MAN being a “business proposition”…totally looked down his nose at the idea. Wonder what changed? Maybe he gave all his Con-Air money to Bernie Madoff?

  • dogg

    Did we really want to see Malkovich in wings and tights? I like the guy, but come on. This had the potential of being a $150 million punchline.

  • BBBrookes

    I am very sad that they are not usingthe original cast, the chemistry was great and though Spiderman 3 was not as strong as the 1st 2, I still had the excitement for the 4th installment, replacing Tobey Maguire will be a tall order, I also don;t fancy a “dumbed down” reboot for teenagers, it would totally spoil the franchise credibility if that was done….

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