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:
While 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.